Kobach Endorses Trump for His Immigration Stance
February 29, 2016

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach endorsed Donald Trump on Monday, hailing the Republican front-runner’s stance on immigration and supporting Trump’s notion that Mexico will pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.
“For me, the most important issue in the Republican presidential contest is immigration and its effect on our national security,” Kobach said in a statement. “On that issue Mr. Trump stands head and shoulders above the other candidates.”
Trump has proposed building a wall on the southern border, which he insists Mexico will pay for, and constantly claims responsibility for thrusting immigration reform into the national spotlight when he announced his candidacy last summer.
“He has made it clear that ramping up the enforcement of our immigration laws will be his top priority,” Kobach said. “And he has forcefully rejected the notion of giving amnesty to illegal aliens living in the United States.”
Kobach, an influential hard-liner on immigration who also serves as a lawyer at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, cited a provision within the PATRIOT Act he said the U.S. can use to ensure Mexico does, in fact, pay for the wall.
“We have the ability to shut down the flow of remittances to Mexico from illegal aliens working in the United States,” he said. “Mexico will then have to make a choice: Either make a single payment of $5 billion to $10 billion to the United States to pay for the wall, or lose most of the $23 billion in remittances that Mexico receives every year from its nationals working illegally in the United States.”
Kobach became a national figure after helping cities and other states draft tougher immigration laws before he was elected secretary of state in 2010.
“Now, more than ever, America needs Mr. Trump’s aggressive approach to the problem of illegal immigration,” the former law professor said.

Kobach Says Texas Ruling Validates Immigration Stance
February 17, 2015


(AP) – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says that a federal court ruling that blocks an executive order on immigration vindicates his efforts.

A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked executive orders Tuesday that would have protected as many as 5 million people who entered the U.S. illegally from deportation.

Kansas is one of 26 states that have challenged the orders as unconstitutional.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Wednesday called the ruling a preliminary victory in the case. He said the ruling will boost his state-level efforts to deny benefits to people in the U.S. illegally.

Irene Caubillo, president of advocacy group El Centro, said she expected the ruling to be appealed and her organization would continue to aid those in the country illegally to gain legal status

Missouri Woman Gets Last Minute Ruling to Stay in US
June 24, 2014

(AP) – A Missouri woman who faced deportation to her native Thailand after losing her green card over a felony theft conviction will remain in the U.S. following a last-minute reversal by immigration officials.

Komdown “Dow” Boyer, who moved to the U.S. as a child after her mother married an American soldier, was convicted late last year of stealing money from the pizza restaurant where she had worked a decade, most recently as general manager. Boyer, 44, was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay about $51,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to felony theft. She said she needed the money for bills after her husband, a mechanic, had his legs crushed by a car.

Boyer has three sons, two of whom are in the U.S. military, and a 5-year-old daughter.

Defense attorney Javad Khazaeli told The Associated Press his client was taken suddenly on Monday from a Missouri county jail to an international flight preparing to leave Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport before the decision was overturned less than one hour before the scheduled takeoff. Khazaeli, a former federal counter-terrorism prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security, said the government has that discretion in some low-level offenses.

“It took awhile, but we got the case in front of the right people,” said Khazaeli, who coincidentally was driving to St. Louis from his former home in Chicago Monday when Boyer’s husband left a series of messages on his cellphone

Kobach Protest in Topeka Tuesday
November 20, 2012


Opponents of immigration policies favored by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are calling for his resignation.
A group called the DREAM Act Coalition expects up to 75 people from around the country to join an anti-Kobach rally Tuesday at a Topeka state office building. The DREAM Act would create a citizenship path for residents who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Kobach is a Republican and former law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has helped shape immigration policies around the country, and continues to litigate immigration issues in other states while serving in his Kansas position.
The coalition says part of its message to Kobach is that the Republican Party’s views on immigration have alienated Hispanic voters.

CNN: Romney Says He Has Not Met With Kobach on Immigration Issues
September 17, 2012

From CNN’s Political Ticker:
Washington (CNN) — Mitt Romney told an interviewer Monday that he has never met with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the architect of tough immigration laws in Alabama and Arizona who says he has been counseling Romney for years.

Univision America Radio host Helen Aguirre-Ferre asked Romney, who spent Monday making a push for Hispanic voters, if Kobach is advising his campaign on immigration policy.

Aguirre-Ferre said “there are some Hispanics who are concerned” with Romney’s immigration positions, specifically his promise to veto the DREAM Act as well as Kobach’s involvement in the campaign.

Romney said he has not met with Kobach, whom the campaign has described as an “informal adviser.”

“As to the other individual that you mentioned, he may well be part of a policy team,” Romney said. “I have not met with him yet. And don’t know whether he is or he is not. So, sorry I can’t confirm that for you.”

That’s a far cry from the ringing endorsement Romney gave Kobach in January after he endorsed the former Massachusetts governor during the Republican primaries.

“I’m so proud to earn Kris’s support,” Romney said in a statement announcing Kobach’s endorsement. “Kris has been a true leader on securing our borders and stopping the flow of illegal immigration into this country. We need more conservative leaders like Kris willing to stand up for the rule of law.”

The Romney campaign did not respond when asked to clarify whether or not Romney has ever met with Kobach in person.

Kobach became a focal point of the campaign last April after a Romney adviser described the immigration hardliner as just a “supporter” of the campaign rather than an “adviser.”

The campaign later backtracked and called him an adviser, much to the glee of Obama campaign operatives who have tried to drive a wedge between Romney and Hispanic voters.

As for Kobach, he has not been shy about announcing his ties to senior Romney campaign officials — and the candidate himself. In February, he told The Guardian that he has “advised Romney directly.”

Kobach told the National Review in April that he has been providing advice to Romney and his advisers since 2008.

“The governor takes my advice, and does what he wants with it,” Kobach told the conservative magazine.