Kobach wins with Arizona immigration ruling
The Kansas City Star
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down most of Arizona’s harsh immigration law today.
But Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write the law, still will be able to claim victory.
That’s because the court upheld the ability of law enforcement to check the immigration status - by requiring people to “show their papers” - in certain circumstances.
So while much of the media will, correctly, call the ruling an overall defeat for punitive and state-led anti-immigration legislation, have no doubt:
Kobach and others will trumpet the notion that allowing part of the law to go forward is a huge victory for them.
They are correct, because it will give officials in other states the notion they, too, can go ahead with similar laws.
(Here’s analysis by National Conference of State Legislatures on effects of ruling.)
In essence, just having part of the law upheld was a big loss for the Obama administration and others who had hoped the Supreme Court would overturn the entire law.
As for Kobach, if you think being secretary of state is his real job, just go visit his personal website, which is full of immigration-related material. It’s clear that his national get-tough reputation on immigration is his real job in life.