Kris Kobach strikes again
The Kansas City Star
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who rarely seems to be in Kansas, has been in Tampa, Fla., this week making his mark on the Republican Party’s platform.
Kobach being Kobach, that means a harsh stand on illegal immigration.
According to Politico, Kobach convinced the GOP platform committee to add two controversial measures that weren’t in the original draft: no in-state college tuition for undocumented students and a crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities.
Kobach told the committee the positions were “consistent with the Romney campaign.” “As you all remember, one of the primary reasons that Governor Romney rose past Governor Perry when Mr. Perry was achieving first place in the polls was because of his opposition to in-state tuition for illegal aliens,” he said.
Somewhere, I can picture Romney wincing. After appearing with Kobach during the primaries, he’s been distancing himself from the lawyer since.
As is his way, Kobach glibly rattled off a statement that is at best dubious and at worst an outright falsehood.
We recognize that if you really want to create a job tomorrow, you can remove an illegal alien today,” he said, according to Politico. “That is the way to open up jobs very quickly for U.S. citizen workers and lawfully admitted alien workers.”
Somebody might want to ask Alabama farmers about that. Since the state passed a law designed to harass illegal immigrants until they moved away, farmers have seen crops rot in the fields due to a labor shortage.
Kobach got his way with the platform committee, as he has with Kansas voters and a number of state legislatures. So the GOP will open its convention with a platform destined to repel Latino voters.