EMPORIA, 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.