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Statehouse Live: Kobach in middle of another illegal immigration showdown

June 16, 2010, 10:45 a.m. Updated June 16, 2010, 6:55 p.m.

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— Fresh from igniting a political firestorm over illegal immigration in Arizona, Kansas Republican Kris Kobach is now in the middle of a similar battle in Nebraska.

On Monday, voters in Fremont, Neb., just outside Omaha, will go to the polls to decide the fate of a city ordinance that supporters say will reduce illegal immigration in the community of 25,000. Opponents say the ordinance is unconstitutional and will lead to a lengthy and costly legal battle.

At the center of the fray is Kobach, an attorney, former Kansas Republican Party chairman, and current GOP candidate for secretary of state.

Kobach wrote the proposed Fremont ordinance and has represented residents there in getting the measure on the ballot, according to news reports. He also was one of the main authors of Senate Bill 1070, which authorizes local law authorities in Arizona to question people they suspect of being in the U.S. illegally. Opponents of that law say it will lead to racial profiling. Passage of the law sparked protests nationwide.

Kobach did not return a phone call from the Journal-World concerning his involvement in the Nebraska controversy, but he told the Fremont Tribune, “This ordinance will have a very significant impact in restoring the rule of law in Fremont.

“It will protect Fremont citizens in a very difficult job environment right now. Fremonters who are out of work are having a hard enough time putting food on the table, and competing with illegal labor is a burden they should not have to face.”

But Laurel Marsh, executive director of the ACLU in Nebraska, disagrees.

Immigration law is the bailiwick of the federal government, she said.

“We don’t benefit when cities or states take it on themselves to develop separate policies,” Marsh said.

In addition, the ordinance unconstitutionally proposes to treat people who rent differently from everybody else, she said.

If adopted, a person who wants to rent a house must go down to the police station, state that he or she is in the United States legally and buy a $5 license. Every time the person moves, and rents again, they must repeat the process, she said.

“You don’t get to treat renters differently than homeowners,” she said. “This type of litigation has been proposed in multiple jurisdictions, and has been litigated in several, and to date, has never won.”

If voters approve the measure, she said the ACLU will file an immediate request in court to stop its implementation. Fremont is home to two large meatpacking plants just outside the city.

A fact sheet on the ordinance, provided by the city of Fremont, notes that legal costs in other cities that have adopted similar ordinances have been high, and that significant budget cuts, tax increases or a combination of the two may be necessary to defend the ordinance in Fremont.

Comments

ivalueamerica 3 years, 10 months ago

Hmm, grandstanding at the expense of the taxpawyer by offering laws known to be contrary to the Constitution.

If you want to fight illegal immigration, fight it legally, not by violating the Constitution.

Otherwise, you are a fool....to break one law to try and enforce another makes you no different than them.

Kobach is a traitor.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 10 months ago

jocknavals (anonymous) "ok...illegal alien gets fake IDs, ...........Why doesn't this happen? because corporations don't want it to happen...they have access to an unorganized low-wage labor pool that won't whistleblow on things like safety standards, unpaid overtime, and so forth...serfs..."
JN: Good point, and perhaps the heart of the matter. I was listening to some tax experts the other day. One reason the Feds don't want to touch this: In some cases there may be 20+ people paying into one SS account. The money will never be collected and will go into the system. Why should they enforce the laws with business?

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kubacker 3 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations Kris kobach on your upcoming landslide victory for Secretary of State, in spite of every effort made by the LJW to stop you. Every article the LJW does about your work draws more Kansas voters to you and more contributions from all across the country.

We look forward to agents from your office coming to Lawrence and every polling place to make damn sure only U.S. citizens are voting in our elections. You will find many illegals attempting to vote in our elections, particularly in Western Kansas and KC, but if you only stopped one of them from voting and had them arrested it is money well spent.

Keep up the outstanding work and do whatever you can to see to it every one of the Arizona laws on illegal alien border jumpers, drug smugglers, human trafficers and anchor babies becomes law in Kansas on an ASAP basis.

Rest assured that 75+% of Kansans will be there to support you when you make your run for Governor.

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catsmeow 3 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Mr. Kobach. You are a hero! The work you do to help other states will ultimately help Kansas.

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olddognewtrix 3 years, 10 months ago

Kobach is an unscrupulus charlatan trying to ride on a tide of xenophobia to fame and fortune. Much like the fanaticisms of Fred Phelps and Phil Kline. Wake up Kansas--haven't we had more than our fair share of fanatics!

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Jock Navels 3 years, 10 months ago

ok...illegal alien gets fake IDs, applies for a job. employer fills out I-9 form, along with employee applicant filling out a W-4 form. illegal alien goes to work, gets a paycheck...social security, medicare, income tax withholding and state income tax withholding are taken out of paycheck, and deposited in government tax collection accounts...illegal alien has paid taxes, and won't be able to collect entitlements (soc sec, medicare) in the future. Employee fills out W-3 form in January, sends it off to IRS with copies of employees W-2 forms...IRS should detect fake ID social security number. Feds should detain illegal alien. Done done and done...no new regs or laws are necessary. Why doesn't this happen? because corporations don't want it to happen...they have access to an unorganized low-wage labor pool that won't whistleblow on things like safety standards, unpaid overtime, and so forth...serfs...

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jaywalker 3 years, 10 months ago

The man is helping communities enact federal law on the local and state level - and for that there are many here calling him a nazi? The future of the country is indeed grim if these 'minds' are matriculating from U's like my beloved Kansas.

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clown_hater 3 years, 10 months ago

Kobach is........................Awesome

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 10 months ago

The problem with his idea is , no enforcement... Why doesn't this guy work for his own state? I've seen more than a few illegals employed at various times and places over the years, but all were in Kansas. In fact , the only people in Kansas who are discriminated against are white people. Glad I'm movin back to Missouri soon !

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dinglesmith 3 years, 10 months ago

I will ask again how a full-time faculty member at UMKC can also be a full-time consultant. Do we want a full-time secretary of state who is a full-time legal consultant? Is he exempt from such criticism?

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Richard Payton 3 years, 10 months ago

Note: The Martians want Kobach to show his papers. This guy needs to be shipped out of Kansas.

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kernal 3 years, 10 months ago

Aha! David Duke & Kris Kolbach = kissin' cuzzins!

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9070811 3 years, 10 months ago

Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9)

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not_holroyd 3 years, 10 months ago

The people of Fremont have been duped.

Wait for Freemont to see its payments to Kolbach and others for the attorneys fees which will be required.

Kolbach cost one city in Texas over $4 million in attorneys fees when the city took his "free" ordinance drafting advice. He took $100,000 of the fees himself.

Some "free."

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jackbinkelman 3 years, 10 months ago

25,000, 24,500, 23,000, 20, 15, oooops.

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thatonedude 3 years, 10 months ago

Dear Mr. Kobach: FOCUS ON YOUR OWN STATE!

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 10 months ago

"madameX (anonymous) says… I don't have a problem with requiring employers to check immigration status, and actually think that cracking down on employers is probably one of the more effective tactics to prevent illegal immigration," === MadameX. The Reagan administration 'solved' this in the mid-1980's. Employers cannot hire people who cannot prove they are citizens or are approved immigrants who can work here. Employers don't follow this law because there is little enforcement and they don't want to hire legals because they cost too much. Of course, when people run for office, they tend to stir this pot because it helps them work on their 'conservative' bona fides. That's what Mr. Kobach is up to. It's called: "Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9)." The advice Deep Throat gave long ago is still true. Want to know why this happens? "Follow the money."

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, the employers can check with e verify, but it won't stop them from hiring unless they are policed.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 10 months ago

How about going after the employers at the meat-packing plant who knowingly hire illegal immigrants? Or would this be interfering with free enterprise?

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bd 3 years, 10 months ago

Good Job! He has my vote! Illegals need to be sent back home! ALSO NO MORE ANCHOR BABIES!

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kernal 3 years, 10 months ago

Require renters to get a license?! That makes no sense at all, no matter how conservative a person is. I wonder if the reporter meant landlords would be required to be licensed, instead of tennants, aka renters.

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madameX 3 years, 10 months ago

I don't have a problem with requiring employers to check immigration status, and actually think that cracking down on employers is probably one of the more effective tactics to prevent illegal immigration, but a renters' license? Really? That is sort of nazi-like.

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lounger 3 years, 10 months ago

He is a Nazi. Period. I hope he changes his mind about getting into the capital. He is scary.

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Ken Harris 3 years, 10 months ago

Does this guy have the time to work for the citizens of Kansas?

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