If you watch any type of local television, you're likely getting as sick as I am of the political ads. There's not a political commercial that I hate more than the one with Roy Blunt busting out his blue jeans (I'm guess they're a new pair of Wranglers) and playing border patrol. Blunt wants you to know that he'll fight to secure the border and finish the fence -- even if he hasn't accomplished that in the 13 years that he's already spent in Congress.
He's all for legal immigration, just not the illegals. Except if the illegal happens to be his housekeeper.
For months, illegal immigration crusader and Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach has been vowing to spend Kansas's money on a system to stop illegal immigrants from voting, despite the fact that there exists no evidence of illegal immigrants affecting the outcome of elections here or anywhere else.
Say what you want about zealous anti-immigration folks, but they are nothing if not generous when it comes to funding their cause. Just ask Kansas Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach, who's about to deposit a big check donated by strangers.
The UMKC professor and author of a Hazleton, Pennsylvania, law that aims to make life difficult for illegal immigrants by refusing permits to businesses that hire them and fining landlords who rent them homes, was paid $197,615 in legal fees for his work. And the town of around 22,000 didn't pay for a dime of it, city officials told the Hazleton Standard-Speaker.
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."
Orozco will likely have to protest longer.
Remember a few months ago when some Kansas City area students were arrested for protesting Congress' refusal to vote on the DREAM Act?
For a moment this week, it looked those resilient kids actually forced our elected officials to do something when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he's going to put the
Orozco will likely have to protest longer.
DREAM Act up for vote.
But don't pop the champagne just yet.
When cops responded to the America's Best Value Inn in Independence at 2 a.m. on August 15, they found a carload of sweaty Hispanic men. The men, none of them documented, told the officers they were sweating from dancing, but witnesses told a different story.
Another small town is having trouble coming up with the cash to defend itself from Kris Kobach's New American Bogeyman: illegal immigration.
Fremont, Nebraska is considering raising its property tax rate to help raise the $750,000 it expects to spend on legal fees defending an ordinance, penned by Kansas Secretary of State candidate Kobach, that bans hiring and housing illegal immigrants. It's not the first town to line Kobach's pockets trying to keep out illegals.
It appears, despite her best efforts, undocumented Kansas City resident and Rockhurst University student Yahaira Carrillo won't be deported after all.
Back in May, Carrillo was arrested for taking part in an immigration protest inside U.S. Sen. John McCain's Tuscon office. Carrillo was advocating for the stalled DREAM Act, a law before Congress that would give undocumented immigrants who were younger than 16 when they arrived in the U.S. a path to permanent, legal residency.
There should have been no doubt that Kris Kobach would run away with the Republican primary in his bid to become Kansas's next secretary of state. His opponents were capable enough, but the campaigns they ran -- quaint-by-comparison efforts that focused, rather sensibly, on keeping the office profitable and efficient -- never stood a chance in the Year of the Illegal.
The question is, will Kobach's strategy work come November? The answer: Of course it will.
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