The law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City plans to offer a course in the spring called Immigration Law and Policy. But the school's (in)famous expert on the subject may not be around to teach it.
Kris Kobach, the UMKC law prof who helped write Arizona's controversial "Got papers?" immigration law, is running for secretary of state in Kansas. If he wins, he won't try to balance teaching duties and political office. "He has to take a leave of absence," says Deb Lucia, a spokeswoman for the Kobach campaign. "It's not even an option."
Lucia is referring to the University of Missouri System's rules for employees. The system forbids staff members from holding local, county, state of federal office on a full-time basis.
No doubt, Kobach will keep busy enough if elected. He has promised to crack down on voter fraud, a threat he'll have to find before he can stop it. He will also want to give his fancy new title a test drive or two across the chyron on The O'Reilly Factor.
If life in Topeka is still boring, Kobach can administer to the anti-immigration laws and ordinances he's written that become subject to court challenges once the fun of massing against fruit pickers and day laborers dies down.