Kansas Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach scored a victory earlier this month in Arizona with the passing of what's been called a "landmark" law that gives Arizona police the power to arrest anyone they believe to be immigrants (with "reasonable suspicion," of course) who cannot show proof of citizenship during the course of a law enforcement action, such as a traffic stop. Kobach helped write the law, and he's basking in the media spotlight, including an op-ed in the New York Times.
Time called the bill "the toughest anti-illegal-immigrant measure in a generation." Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill into law a week ago.
"There are some things that states can do and some that states can't do,
but this law threads the needle perfectly," Kobach told Time.
Kobach, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City,
serves as counsel for the Immigration
the legal branch of the Federation
Reform, which the Southern
Poverty Law Center calls a hate group.
Our sister paper in Arizona, New Times, reports
that Kobach has been making $300 an hour plus expenses to train law
enforcement officers with the Maricopa County sheriff's office on
immigration matters. At a minimum, Kobach draws $1,500 per month.
campaign for S.O.S. won't be heavy on immigration reform. Except
maybe voter fraud.
"I think Kansas should follow Arizona's
example and should have a law requiring people to prove their
citizenship when they register to vote," Kobach
A Gallup poll backs up Kobach's work; 51
percent of Americans say they support the Arizona law.
by Jay Soldner.