Kobach slammed in Alabama
The Kansas City Star
Let’s just say that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is not the most popular politician in Alabama right now.
In an editorial headlined, “Alabama paying for failed ‘experiment,’” The Mobile Press-Register leads off by declaring that:
Alabama allowed itself to be used as a guinea pig on illegal immigration so that a Kansas lawyer could build his political career.
Ouch. But there’s more. Much more.
Kobach, of course, helped Alabama state legislators write the harsh anti-immigrant law that has had severe unintended consequences. The Press-Register sums them up:
It has embarrassed the governor, discouraged industry, scared legal immigrants and, according to a recent report, been a drag on the state economy it was supposed to help.
Also, two foreign auto executives, one from Mercedes-Benz and one from Honda, were detained because they lacked the proper identification when police officers pulled them over while driving. The Mercedes visitor, from Germany, had to cool his heels in a Tuscaloosa jail until a coworker could be rounded up to retreive his ID from his hotel room. Great for business!
The editorial concludes, bitterly:
In return, what have we gotten for playing the guinea pig? Crops rotting in the field, a net loss to the economy, higher racial tensions and a PR black eye, to boot. Does any of this matter to an up-and-coming politician in Kansas? Sure doesn’t sound like it. Anyway, it’s just part of Mr. Kobach’s Alabama experiment.
In place after place, laws drafted by Kobach have either been declared unconstitutional or proven disastrous. Yet he happily forges ahead, representing the state of Kansas as an elected official and acting as an adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. How many editorials will it take before people figure this guy out?