OK, quick, whose quotes are whose? Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel or Republican antitax champion Grover Norquist.
"There's nothing like the dedication of a child of an immigrant. They know in their DNA that they are here, they are lucky, and this better not get screwed up because their parents are going to kill you."
"I get a kick out of people asking whether we should be pro-immigrant: That's like asking the United States if McDonald's should sell hamburgers."
This could be the one issue where you would not be able to pull apart the position of Emanuel from Norquist (whose quotes are in that order): There's an easy answer to whether to take up immigration reform, according to both polar-opposite power players. And it's yes.
There were some shots, subtly, at one another at a forum hosted by The Atlantic at its Watergate office (incidentally, as a sister publication, National Journal is located there, too). Norquist was quick to remind the crowds that, historically, opposition to immigration has come from organized labor. He also said things like: "In Canada, that's the one in the north," directed at Emanuel.
"If you wouldn't tell anyone we were here together," Emanuel said toward the end, "it would not work back home for me, and it won't work for him in Washington. "