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Peaceful protest planned of Kobach’s immigration speech at Lawrence’s Lied Center

April 11, 2011, 4:05 p.m. Updated April 12, 2011, 8:49 a.m.

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A Lawrence group will stage a peaceful protest Tuesday before Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s speech on immigration at the Lied Center.

“While we respect Kobach’s freedom to present his opinions to the university community, it is important to remind people that the policies he promotes are very harmful,” said Sean Weston, a leader with the Lawrence Action Network for Diversity and a Kansas University freshman in American Studies.

Kobach, who has helped pass laws and ordinances across the nation aimed at illegal immigration, will deliver a lecture entitled “State and local laws discouraging illegal immigration: Their economic and security impact.” The lecture is part of the J.A. Vickers and Robert E. Vickers Sr. Memorial Lecture Series put on by the KU School of Business.

Kobach is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. The protest will take place at 6 p.m. at the Lied Center’s southeast parking lot.

Members of LAND said that studies show that undocumented workers are an integral part of the economy and that they are less likely to commit crimes than their citizen counterparts.

“Deporting them would cause economic disaster and family destruction — surely not Kansas values,” said Enrique Penaloza, pastor of Hispanic Ministries at Plymouth Congregational Church.

The Lawrence Action Network for Diversity was formed to help prevent an Arizona-style immigration law from being passed in Kansas. Kobach helped write that law, which requires police to question people’s immigration status while enforcing other laws if there is a reasonable suspicion they’re in the country illegally. Major parts of that law have been blocked by a federal court.

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yehlingling 3 years ago

Presently, the United States is the greatest debtor nation in the world due to its many short-sighted domestic and foreign policies. Tens of millions of U.S. born citizens and legal immigrants of diverse backgrounds still live in poverty. High unemployment affects all racial groups. Conversely, within 30 years, China went from sympbolizing poverty to now holding the world's largest foreign currency reserves and being our largest foreign creditor with 115 billionaire citizens! Brazil also has become a top emerging economy. Also, according to a Forbes report issued in March 2011, Brazil, Russia, India and China together have 25% of the world's billionaires. Latin America also has many billionaires, including the world's wealthiest person is Mexican citizen Carlos Slim Helu. Therefore, Americans who feel sympathy for foreign-born poor should not advocate immigration, but urge U.S. and foreign-born billionaires to work with impoverished nations' governments, to curb population growth in each country, educate their citizens, and provide job opportunities locally. The Chinese and Brazilians have successfully improved life for their citizens so should other developing nations. Yeh Ling-Ling Alliance for a Sustainble USA

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Mike Ford 3 years ago

spreichen sie duetch ouslander? spreichen sie deutch herr kobach? gieben sie ein paperin herr kobach... das ischt nacht gut dumkampf....

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jhawkinsf 3 years ago

The best way to distinguish between legal immigrants and illegal immigrants is racial profiling, a practice that is abhorrent in the eyes of the law and a practice that I personally find abhorrent. The overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants come from south of the border. Employers are frequently caught between a rock and a hard place where they can either use an unreliable method of determining legal status or they can engage in the above stated abhorrent practice. That is the reality of what is happening. That said, if an employer knowingly hires illegal immigrants, they should face the appropriate penalties under the law. And the illegal immigrants themselves, having broken the law by entering the country without permission should also suffer the penalties provided under the law. Both, Not one, Not the other, Both.

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deec 3 years ago

When my Czech ancestors came over, if they passed the legal inspection and health inspection at Ellis Island, they were in. It didn't take months of paperwork and lots of money. My Irish ancestors "snuck in" across the Canadian border in 1858. They found jobs or farmed, and became citizens. Why do we hold modern immigrants to different standards than our own ancestors had to meet? The only solution to the current immigration situation is to go after the employers with painful fines, prison time for executives and managers, and asset seizure. Or a simple guest worker program might work, but would not address the exploitation of the workers. If you don't like illegal immigration, boycott the corporations that are hiring them. You can start with Farmland. They run the ham factory six miles from my home. Ever since they broke the union here, the population of non-Czech-Amiericans has exploded. But I guess that's just a coincidence.

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Paul R Getto 3 years ago

"Clancy99 (anonymous) replies… "President Reagan solved this problem" with his amnesty deal - this is sarcasm right?" === Nope: The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), Pub.L. 99-603, 100 Stat. 3359, enacted November 6, 1986, also Simpson-Mazzoli Act, is an Act of Congress which reformed United States immigration law.

In brief the act:[1]

required employers to attest to their employees' immigration status. made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit unauthorized immigrants. granted amnesty to certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants. granted amnesty to illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigrat... The only problem: Parts of it are not enforced. Guess which part? Hint: 'knowingly hire...

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autie 3 years ago

Clancy, does your barber deliver your mail?

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

Will ICE be there taking photos to identify miscreants?

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autie 3 years ago

It is not the job of the Secretary of State of the State of Kansas to chase or deport illegal aliens. Is KK being paid for this speech? Will the money go to the State as an honorarium? Maybe I can send my daughter as a proxy to the protest. I think she might enjoy that. Kobach must really think he is one of the men in black.

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Paul R Getto 3 years ago

"If we add national laws going after the companies that hire illegals, I suspect it would take far less than 100 years to clear up the problem, don't you think? " === beatrice: You are, of course, correct. President Reagan solved this problem in the 1980's when he promoted a law to grant partial amnesty and requiring employers to prove they were hiring only legal workers. If, for example, the CEO of Tyson Chicken knew his company would be siezed and his business shut down, and he'd get to do some real time in a real prison, he'd follow this law. Of course, we must remember some of the same people who are whining about the immigrant situation depend on the government to ignore their violations so they can continue with cheap labor. Even if the law was enforced, do you really think "Real Americans" would pluck chickens or strawberried for minimum wage and no benefits? I am waiting. http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/07/news/economy/farm_worker_jobs/index.htm

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Clancy99 3 years ago

I love all the "open-minded" libs on here who would never go and listen to what Kobach has to say, or if they did they would tell them selves it was all lies, LIES!!!!

Do you know that the State law he supports is merely a carbon copy of the Federal law??

So let me get this straight. Obama is a new kind of savior messiah, Kobach = Nazi. Why aren't you libs protesting Obama's evil immigration policies with the same mouth foaming fervor you have for the State level folks?

Oh, I get it - nothing gets you hotter than an inter agency turf battle between Federal and State governments. Yeah, that gets people hot.

Morons. Your total political motivation is so transparent it's pathetic.

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

Many illegal aliens work in the lawn care industry. The tax records of all those businesses should be very carefully examined. Not doing that would be dumb and irresponsible!!!!!!

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DeaconBlue 3 years ago

fact: Undocumented lawbreakers will make anywhere they go a better place to live ivalueamerica.

Get used to it and enjoy it.

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Richard Heckler 3 years ago

After all if Kobach was serious he could stay in Topeka and have employers arrested if employees are somehow illegal. It is after all employers who are attracting "illegal" immigrants.

Kobach is doing nothing but grandstanding and wasting Kansas tax dollars apparently with the approval of Gov. Brownback. There are likely federal laws in place dealing with "illegal" immigrants and the employers that hire them.

Who said the repubs are about less big government? Perhaps this is nothing but political rhetoric....

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FedUPInNC 3 years ago

To be truthful about the matter, Illegal immigration is sending this country to H**L in a hand basket! just take a look around you and see all of the negatives of people being in the country "ILLEGALLY". their presence is hurting a lot of people and thats the truth. I want an honest answer from those of you who are speaking up for Illegals to tell me that if the majority of those who are here Illegally were Hatians instead of Hispanics, would you still feel the same? some how I don't think you would. IMO, its all about the skin color for those speaking on behalf of Illegal Alians that are of Hispanic origin.

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tunahelper 3 years ago

we need a 50 foot high 10,000 volt electric fence with border with Mexico. And a mile wide strip of landmines in case any attempt to sneak thru.

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

There's a revolving door at the border. The deported illegal aliens go south one day and sneak back north the next. Nice way to make impressive numbers but doesn't solve the basic problem.

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ochocinco 3 years ago

I'll be there tomorrow, wearing an American shirt and supporting the biggest patriot in the Kansas state government.

Kobach for president!

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ivalueamerica 3 years ago

FACT..

More illegal immigrants have been deported under the Obama administration to date than were deported under the entire Bush administration.

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beatrice 3 years ago

"Wanna protest the right thing? Protest the failure of the Federal Government to do its job."

People do know that far more illegal immigrants, particularly those with criminal backgrounds other than just entering the country illegally, have been arrested and deported under Obama than the previous administration, don't they? In fact, deportations are at a record rate under Obama. You would think people would be thanking President Obama ... oh, it is Obama. Nevermind.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/05/20-11

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/25/AR2010072501790.html

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2010/0812/Obama-as-border-cop-He-s-deported-record-numbers-of-illegal-immigrants

People often don't like it when the facts interfere with their perceptions. Thank you President Obama for getting the feds to do their job.

Oh, and that law written for Arizona by Kobach has been halted for being unconstitutional.

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jhawkinsf 3 years ago

"Deporting them would cause economic disaster and family destruction - surely not Kansas values. But letting illegal immigrants stay causes a breakdown in the rule of law, also not a Kansas value. What I resent is someone else putting me in a no win position. Obey the law and if you don't like the law, change it.

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LJ Whirled 3 years ago

Protesters ... you are supporting the quasi-slavery in which illegal immigrants live and work?

We cannot have a sub-group of people, living in the shadows, who are not expected to obey the law, and are not afforded equal protection of law.

The Federal Government has utterly failed in one of its main responsibilities --- enacting and enforcing reasonable policies for immigration and guest workers --- and it is that failure that spawns the like of Kobach at the state and local level.

Wanna protest the right thing? Protest the failure of the Federal Government to do its job.

Otherwise, you are really supporting the continued bondage of illegal workers.

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DeaconBlue 3 years ago

Peaceful protest is another oxymoron like military intelligence or liberal conservative.

Leave it to the liberal american culture to peacefully protest undocumented lawbreakers.

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Steve Jacob 3 years ago

Knowing the history of protest in Lawrence, you will get one or two nut jobs in the bunch and make all the protesters look bad.

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panzermike007 3 years ago

Lawrence Action alliance = Leftist moronns demonstrating!

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tange 3 years ago

“Deporting them would cause economic disaster and family destruction — surely not Kansas values....”

I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore... and the feet protruding from beneath the house appear to be those of little people.

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Liberty275 3 years ago

It will be like the phelps clan got new signs!

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kubacker 3 years ago

Neither the Arizona federal judge nor the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has any jurisdiction over Kansas.

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