Kris Kobach rides wave of publicity post-Arizona immigration crackdown law


Kris Kobach finally won an immigration battle in Arizona.
  • Kris Kobach finally won an immigration battle in Arizona.

Kansas Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach scored a victory earlier this month in Arizona with the passing of what's been called a "landmark" law that gives Arizona police the power to arrest anyone they believe to be immigrants (with "reasonable suspicion," of course) who cannot show proof of citizenship during the course of a law enforcement action, such as a traffic stop. Kobach helped write the law, and he's basking in the media spotlight, including an op-ed in the New York Times.

Time called the bill "the toughest anti-illegal-immigrant measure in a generation." Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill into law a week ago.

"There are some things that states can do and some that states can't do,

but this law threads the needle perfectly," Kobach told Time.

Kobach, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City,

serves as counsel for the Immigration

Reform Law


the legal branch of the Federation

for American


Reform, which the Southern

Poverty Law Center calls a hate group.

Our sister paper in Arizona, New Times, reports

that Kobach has been making $300 an hour plus expenses to train law

enforcement officers with the Maricopa County sheriff's office on

immigration matters. At a minimum, Kobach draws $1,500 per month.


campaign for S.O.S. won't be heavy on immigration reform. Except

maybe voter fraud.

"I think Kansas should follow Arizona's

example and should have a law requiring people to prove their

citizenship when they register to vote," Kobach

told KMBC

Channel 9.

A Gallup poll backs up Kobach's work; 51

percent of Americans say they support the Arizona law.


by Jay Soldner.

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