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Southern Poverty Law Center immigration report focuses on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach

January 24, 2011


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Report: When Mr. Kobach Comes to Town ( .PDF )

— A new Southern Poverty Law Center report criticizing attempts by states and cities to crack down on illegal immigration focuses on the new Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach.

Kobach returned the criticism, telling The Associate Press on Monday night the report is a “hit piece.”

The report released Monday is titled in part, “When Mr. Kobach Comes to Town.”

Kobach is a Republican Kansas City-area law professor who has advised cities and states on how to attack illegal immigration. He helped to draft a controversial immigration law that Arizona enacted last year.

The report by the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center argues that such policies spark expensive court fights and are damaging to communities.

Kobach said that the report greatly exaggerates the legal costs for communities and is filled with misinformation.


Steve Jacob 7 years ago

I totally agree! He gets paid, and leaves the city with the bills because what he helps write into law does not hold up.

Paul R Getto 7 years ago

It appears the Southern Poverty Law Center knows what a unicorn looks like too.

Steve Bunch 7 years ago

SPLC is a nonprofit with many backers. They do good work (and at personal risk). It would be nice if more millionaires would oppose hate groups.

SDTPlant 7 years ago

Good! They didn't need him in AZ and we don't need him here. Too bad there are so many good ol boys here in KS who fail to see the issues as they really are. What we don't need are sick, ignorant, (other than the rednecks) citizens. It's going to come back to bite all of you!

While you're tracking him SPLC, I hope you have the Phelpses on your radar screen.

Scott Morgan 7 years ago

Compared to bailing out California, which we all will do, a few pesky lawsuits are nothing. If any legal action is needed at all.

I wonder if we have to pay for Babs Pelosi's 500 buck a bottle Merlot wine habit, or CA cops driving Caddies.

Years and years of Californians mocking us hicks and we hayseeds are going to pay for the sins.

Any of you know what knocked California for such a loop. Illegal immigration mi amigos.

dontcallmedan 7 years ago

It was Howard Jarvis & prop 22 that kept property taxes suspended, while real estate values were being built like a house of cards on quicksand.

dontcallmedan 7 years ago

yep--sorry. Props of all nature are part of the Cali problem.

Scott Morgan 7 years ago

Prop values in CA have nothing to do with the very very generous welfare programs.

Scott Morgan 7 years ago

Prop values in CA having nothing to do with every lib whim made into law driving business, including the film industry running like a scalded dog to states like Arizona and Nevada.

Boston_Corbett 7 years ago

Goodness, I came back here to respond to a Toe post, and it is gone.

Did the Toe get disappearded?

Boston_Corbett 7 years ago

Goodness, I came back here to respond to a Toe post, and it is gone.

Did the Toe get disappearded?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

"and is filled with misinformation."

If that's really the case, then why the antipathy? That would merely make Kobach and the SPLC brethren in misinformation.

Mike Ford 7 years ago

SPLC is the reason there isn't an effective KKK anymore. I saw it on Because of a hanging in Mobile, AL in the late 1970's the mother of the victim sued the KKK out of it's headquarters somewhere in Alabama. Nice to know the brainiacs in this state outside of Lawrence elect a person being tracked by a law group that tracks racists. Nice on you rural Kansas voters. Thanks for making the rest of us have to apologize for your briliant shows of intelligence.

LloydDobbler 7 years ago

The Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Alabama, is a well respected organization dedicated to promoting civil rights. They have a good legal record precisely because they don't represent every race-baiter, to use your term. Morris Dees, the founder, almost single handedly brought down the KKK and, as a white University of Alabama graduate, has suffered great personal threat to fight for human rights. You might want to research an organization before you slander it.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years ago

pigballin - OK, OK, you work for Kris Kobach. Good for you.

Now pipe down.

Thunderdome 7 years ago

Pigvommit - I can assure you that Kobach doesn't care about Bob, you, or me. He cares about making a name for himself through legal grandstanding predicated on hate mongering. He's not really that different than Fred Phelps...different message, a little more polish, and he hasn't been disbarred...yet. Otherwise, they're pretty close.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

" He's not really that different than Fred Phelps."

That pretty much says it all. (Except that Fred ran as a Democrat, and was ignored. Kobach ran as a Repug, and won. What does that say?)

pace 7 years ago

Kobach also helped with the Arizona law that made ethnic study courses illegal. He has not encouraged the development of working visa programs that really would impact illegal immigration. Almost every first world country have better working visa programs (for temporary workers in agriculture, etc) then we do. Working visa programs help stem illegal workers, help profile illegal jobs, help spotlight industries that thrive on illegal workers and help protect abused workers. Working visa programs are not supported by cash cows, corporate and industrial mob bosses.

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