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We Elected This Guy? Kris Kobach Takes Big Hit

By James Bordonaro
Opinion | November 15, 2010

kris-kobach.jpgEMPORIA, Kan. - The California Supreme Court ruled today that it is constitutional for the State of California to offer in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants who have successfully attended high school and would otherwise qualify. (Here's the link.)

What's the connection to Kansas you may ask? Kris Kobach, the recently elected Kansas Secretary of State, staked his entire (only slightly less than literally) campaign on his supposed expertise as a "constitutional lawyer." Moreover, Kobach touted his involvement and support to various political organizations around the country in "fighting" against illegal immigrants in general and especially against states offering in-state tuition benefits. He's also against the proposed federal DREAM Act which would provide similar treatment.

Mr. Kobach is not a mere bystander in this case. He filed an amicus brief on behalf of the opponents of the California law.

Now, I understand that Mr. Kobach is entitled to his own opinions and that even state supreme court judges can reach opposite conclusions on points of law which have been arrived at by thoughtful analysis. But, when a guy who calls himself an "immigration guru" is rebuffed by a such a significant legal decision which is contrary to his position, we, the public, are right to call his expertise into question. Some, (OK, I really mean myself here) might even consider that said guru was prone to demagoguery and self-aggrandizement.

According to the news report, when reporters attempted to reach Mr. Kobach for comment he wasn't available. And, as of this post, he hasn't updated his campaign website either. So, we'll just have to wait and see what Mr. Kobach says.


2 Comments

Have you ever observed the volume of feces a herd of elephants leave behind? Some one is going to have a lot of shoveling to do if we get Topeka and Kansas back to a respectable envirenment.


With all due respect I have to disagree with you when you imply Kobach's opposition to students here illegally getting in-state tuition breaks is the same as opposition to the DREAM Act. Those are 2 totally different issues. IMO, the concept of the DREAM Act, rewarding hard working youth brought to the US illegally, is a good idea. However the bill is so poorly written as to be an amnesty law and should be voted down.
For example the DREAM Act, while they tout it as a program for well deserving youth, is actually an amnesty act for at least 2.1 million illegals because it covers persons up to age 35 by allowing them to get LPR (lawful permanent resident) status. It's also touted as an act to reward illegals who have not been in trouble when in fact the act specifically says a person cannot be deported if caught committing a crime if they have at least applied PLUS it exempts the following crimes: alien absconders (aliens who failed to attend their removal proceedings), aliens who have engaged in voter fraud or unlawfully voted, aliens who have falsely claimed U.S. citizenship, aliens who have abused their student visas, and aliens who have committed marriage fraud. Supporters of the DREAM Act always trot out these well deserving scholars who have illegal status which makes one think it is just for students when in fact their is NO part of the law that says a person is required to finish any type of degree program or even attend college. Finally, once these persons gain LPR status they are then free to legally sponsor any relatives.
I agree that Kobach has problems but I do not feel his opposition to the DREAM Act is one of them.


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