Archive for Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Kobach no longer advising Maricopa County in Arizona on immigration issues

New Maricopa County attorney decides not to retain Kansas lawyer

June 9, 2010


— A change in leadership at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Arizona is costing Kris Kobach some work.

Kobach, an attorney and Republican candidate for Kansas secretary of state, was providing legal advice to Maricopa County on immigration issues.

But Kobach said he has been terminated from that job after the former Maricopa County Attorney, Andrew Thomas, left office last month to run for Arizona attorney general.

The new Maricopa Attorney “takes a very different view of enforcing Arizona’s human smuggling” law, Kobach said.

The new Maricopa Attorney, Rick Romley, said he would stop using a state human smuggling law to prosecute illegal immigrants on felony charges as conspirators once the state’s new law cracking down on illegal immigrants takes effect on July 29, according to an article by The Associated Press. Romley said he must use lesser charges under the new law instead of a controversial interpretation of a 5-year-old law used by his predecessor, AP reported.

Ironically, that new law, known as Senate Bill 1070, is one that Kobach helped write.

That law has generated controversy nationwide because it allows local police to question suspects on whether they are in the country legally.

In October, Kobach had signed a $300 per hour contract to advise Maricopa County law enforcement on immigration issues. The contract called for a minimum payment to Kobach of $1,500 per month, plus expenses and travel. The Maricopa County Attorney’s office had engaged the Phoenix law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, Stewart, P.C. and given that firm permission to obtain legal advice from Kobach.

On Wednesday, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office confirmed that it had ended the contact with the law firm and, therefore, Kobach. A spokesman for the office declined to provide further details.

Kobach, who has also been a constitutional law professor at University of Missouri at Kansas City, said he has taken a leave of absence from that job. He said he is required to do so because he is running for public office.


Dan Eyler 7 years, 11 months ago

Chris, thank you for your continued effort to put an end to our open border. 3-4 thousand foreigners, illegals alliens crossing in to our country every single day connot go on. This defies common sense. Those who deny this fact are supporting a dangerous position that is becoming very hard to defend.

Alabamastreet 7 years, 11 months ago

Kobach is the Fred Phelps of immigration.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

Kobach not the brightest light bulb in the block and a radical right winger aka The Party.

According to radio news on Wednesday Kobach was mismanaging GOP canpaign funding aka breaking the rules.

I say Kobach should live in China!!!

oklahoma 7 years, 11 months ago

It's just a matter of time--enjoy the next 6 months. We are almost to the point when the socialism will begin being reversed. The last 18 months will all be a memory soon.

Kyle Reed 7 years, 11 months ago

Try scrolling up and reading Beo's first comment. It's not very hard to find MUCH dumber things.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 11 months ago

Merrill: Kobach is no dummy, just a troglodyte.

WilburM 7 years, 11 months ago

A highly ambitious and cynical troglodyte.

sciencegeek 7 years, 11 months ago

A troglodyte Phill Kline--or is that redundant? Yep, we'll have an incompetent manager again as the Attorney General. In a theocracy run by Saint Brownback. All because their campaign signs have an elephant on them.

Is it any wonder Kansas has a reputation as a bunch of ignorant, right-wing hicks? Economic development, my arse--who'd ever want to come here?

Orwell 7 years, 11 months ago

I'll tell you who'd want to come here – people with millions who want the middle class to carry their tax burdens for them.

evelynlexo 7 years, 11 months ago

The Federal government has failed this country because of a lack of enforcement of our existing immigration laws. Although many argue that the illegals pay taxes on wages earned illegally they ignore the burden of the taxpayers in social services, medical, and education costs. But more importantly , they are willing to overlook the “rule of law”. The fact is that most illegals are paid under the table and without proper identification proving their right to be here. However, if the everify program were strictly enforced the illegals would have to return home. It is a very simple concept because jobs are the magnet. make your personal opinion he at

jayhawklawrence 7 years, 11 months ago

For me, Kobach was on the right side of the immigration issue, barely. We have no way of knowing how he would have executed immigration laws and whether he cared about the children of immigrants, etc. We just know he was out to exploit the issue for all it was worth.

Kind of like the guy that never had a hit since spring training, slaps out a single and then thinks he won the World Series.

Strangely, there are people out there who will believe he is a world renowned expert on immigration issues instead of what he really is, a knuckehead right winger with an over sized ego.

blindrabbit 7 years, 11 months ago

Still trying wash the Kobach slime from my hand since I made the mistake of shaking his hand at the Lawrence Sesquicentennial parade back in 2004. Hoped we had ridded ourselves of that Phill Klein clone once he (Kobach) signed on at UMKC. Luckily, Klein left and went on to Liberty U. in old Virginny.

dinglesmith 7 years, 11 months ago

So no one has a problem with a faculty member doing $1500 a month in consulting gig while taking a salary from the state? Granted, it's Missouri, but the conflict is there just the same.

Orwell 7 years, 11 months ago

Worse, he's using a "vote fraud" scare slogan, about a nonexistent problem, to legitimize Republican vote suppression tactics – and the Sec. of State is supposed to be a down-the-middle election official who promotes ballot participation.

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