Archive for Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Kobach at center of two Supreme Court decisions in illegal immigration cases

June 7, 2011, 1:11 p.m. Updated June 7, 2011, 5:11 p.m.


— Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s illegal immigration cases continue to make their way through the nation’s judicial system.

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in two cases that involved Kobach’s work as an attorney.

The court refused to review a California Supreme Court ruling that upheld a state law giving California high school graduates reduced in-state tuition at state schools, regardless of their immigration status. The court did not give a reasons for its action.

Kobach, a Republican, was the lead attorney for the plaintiffs suing to have the law overturned.

Eleven other states, including Kansas, grant similar benefits to illegal immigrants. The others are: Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Kobach said Tuesday the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider the case did not mean that it supports the California law.

He said the court may be waiting for more lower court rulings on similar laws in other states before it takes up the matter. Kobach is leading a similar lawsuit in Nebraska.

In another case Monday, the high court vacated an appellate court decision that declared a Hazleton, Penn., illegal immigration ordinance unconstitutional. The court sent the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.

“That was a big victory for the proponents of illegal immigration enforcement,” Kobach said.

Opponents of the Hazleton ordinance said the court’s decision doesn’t mean the lower court will automatically reverse its earlier ruling.

Among other things, the Hazleton ordinance requires businesses to use the federal E-Verify database to see if a worker is legally in the United States. Last month, the Supreme Court upheld a provision in an Arizona law that did the same thing.

Kobach has represented the city of Hazleton and state of Arizona in these cases. He is also representing the city of Fremont, Neb., in a legal challenge of anti-illegal immigration ordinance that he helped craft.

During his successful campaign for secretary of state, Kobach said he would work full-time in the position and handle his immigration work on his own time.


grandnanny 6 years, 6 months ago

How is it that our Secretary of State has so much time on his hands that he can fly around the country defending the laws that he helped write in other states? Does Kansas pay him a salary? Perhaps we need to review his salary and benefits to make sure that he is actually earning them.

WilburM 6 years, 6 months ago

Nice work as the Kansas Secretary of State, Kris. We're paying this guy so he can continue his immigrant-bashing around the country. Sort of Kansas "outreach", eh?

Scott Morgan 6 years, 6 months ago

I totally agree, time to install a time clock system and perhaps assign a highway crew foreman to watch out over Brownback and Kobach. What do they make anyway 12-13 bucks an hour. Start docking them.

Why can't they just play golf all the time, stupid dedicated public servants.

somedude20 6 years, 6 months ago

This is from yesterday's LJW about the arts dude who had to resign from one baord as two took up too much time: "Jones-Sontag said Brownback believes that both boards require a large time commitment and he wants to make sure that people who serve on these boards are able to given them the proper amount of attention."

So how can Kobach keep all of his gigs?

cowboy 6 years, 6 months ago

I would like to see the pay stubs with time deducted for his out of state do****baggery

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 6 months ago

You ever notice that, no matter how the judges rule, Kobach somehow wins?

Excellent trait for the top election official.

mloburgio 6 years, 6 months ago

Rep. Lynn Jenkins and House Republicans in April 2011 makes radical changes to Medicare. Once again the republicans have lied to us again saying people 55 and over would not be affected by the attack on medicare, wrong.

This analysis shows the immediate and long-term impacts of these changes in the 2nd Congressional District in Kansas, which is represented by Rep. Lynn Jenkins. The Republican proposal would have adverse impacts on seniors and disabled individuals in the district who are currently enrolled in Medicare. It would: • Increase prescription drug costs for 9,300 Medicare beneficiaries in the district who enter the Part D donut hole, forcing them to pay an extra $92 million for drugs over the next decade. • Eliminate new preventive care benefits for 111,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the district.

The Republican proposal would have even greater impacts on individuals in the district age 54 and younger who are not currently enrolled in Medicare. It would:

kansaskev61 6 years, 6 months ago

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