He may be running for Secretary of State in Kansas, but Kris Kobach announced yesterday that he's taking aim at students in Nebraska.
The law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has made illegal immigration a focus of his run for state office, promising to purge the voting rolls of non-citizens. This week he added another bullet -- aimed at the undocumented -- to his already lengthy legal resume.
On Monday, Kobach filed suit in Nebraska to overturn a 2005 state law that grants in-state college tuition to undocumented children who live in Nebraska for at least three years and graduate from a local high school. "It is a great injustice when U.S. citizens who have always obeyed the law are charged more in tuition than aliens whose very presence in the United States is a violation of federal law," Kobach said in the announcement.
It's not his first attempt to strike down provisions that give immigrant kids a financial break. In 2004, Kobach sued the state of Kansas when it passed a similar provision and, two year later, he went after a California law, as well. The Kansas suit was dismissed by a federal judge -- after it cost state taxpayers $175,000 in legal fees. The California suit is pending before that state's Supreme Court.
In the press release, Kobach argues that, "the liberal movement to give in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens is losing ground rapidly." Perhaps he didn't notice the DREAM Act bill introduced in the Missouri Senate earlier this month.