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 Predicts Missouri Could Be Next Immigration Battleground
June 14, 2011

The National Journal is reporting Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicts Missouri could be one of the next battlegrounds in the immigration fight, as the landscape begins to change.

Here is the story:

The legislative war on undocumented immigrants is likely to move soon from deeply conservative South and Southwest to traditional swing states, said the attorney who helped write the restrictive Arizona and Alabama immigration laws.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is widely seen as the nation’s pre-eminent lawyer working on behalf of those seeking to crack down on illegal immigration, predicted that politically moderate states like Missouri and Pennsylvania legislatures will be the next battlegrounds.

“It’s likely that Missouri will raise its standard up to the Arizona or Alabama level,” Kobach told POLITICO. “And there’s a good shot that something might pass in Pennsylvania. It’s hard to predict too far out in the future, but those are probably the two best bets.”

Kobach’s comments come just days after Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week signed into law the nation’s toughest immigration bill, making the state the fourth to enact strict measures in the wake of Arizona’s landmark 2010 law.

Like Arizona, Alabama will require police officers to determine the citizenship and immigration status in any lawful “stop, detention or arrest” if there is a “reasonable suspicion” they are illegal. The new law also forbids undocumented immigrants from receiving state or local aid, bars them from public schools and universities, criminalizes hiring or renting to undocumented aliens and prohibits employers from firing an employee who is a legal resident if an illegal one is on the payroll. The law will take effect Sept. 1.

With most state legislatures having completed their annual sessions, it’s not likely new laws will turn up in the immediate future but it’s likely the battle will be renewed early next year when state lawmakers around the country get back to business.

Kobach Does Outside Legal Work in Duck Blind
June 14, 2011

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach promised not to work on outside immigration law cases during business hours.

Here’s what he told the National Journal about when, and where, he works on the outside cases:

Kobach, who worked in John Ashcroft’s Justice Department and now oversees Kansas elections and business filings, said immigration news this summer and fall will come from federal court cases involving municipalities whose restrictive immigration laws he is defending.

Last week the Supreme Court returned a case involving Hazelton, Penn., to the Third Circuit, and Kobach said he expects decisions soon in a Fifth Circuit case against Farmers Branch, Texas.

Kobach said he writes legal briefs on nights and weekends away from his day job. He drafted the Alabama law, he said, on his laptop while sitting in a turkey blind near Gardiner, Kan.

“Some politicians golf in their spare time,” he said. “I spend mine defending American sovereignty.”