Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kris Kobach still wants to push forward with Kansas immigration legislation

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Kris Kobach believes immigration regulation could move forward in Kansas and Missouri.
  • Kris Kobach believes immigration regulation could move forward in Kansas and Missouri.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down three of the four challenged provisions of the Arizona immigration law apparently won't stop Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach from heading back to the old turkey blind and potentially drafting some new legislation.

Kobach, who consults with states on illegal immigration issues and is a partial author of the controversial immigration law in Arizona, saw the verdict as a qualified victory for the state of Arizona. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the portion of the law requiring immigrants to carry registration papers, a provision that lets police arrest suspected illegal immigrants without warrants, and the wording that made it a crime for illegal immigrants to look for or hold a job. Arizona law-enforcement officials will still be able to check the immigration status of those who they suspect of being illegal immigrants if they have been stopped for another reason.

Kobach told the Associated Press that the decision gives Kansas the "green light" to move forward with E-Verify (an online system that determines whether a potential employee is eligible to work in the United States) or an arrest requirement like the one in Arizona.

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