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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach hails Arizona immigration ruling

May 26, 2011


— An attorney for the Nebraska city of Fremont is hailing a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding an Arizona law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the court decision "vindicates Fremont's position" on its own ordinance governing illegal immigrants.

Kobach is representing Fremont in a challenge filed over the 2010 law that bans hiring or renting to illegal immigrants. A trial is set for April.

Kobach says the hiring restriction in the Fremont ordinance is similar to the Arizona law. The high court ruled federal immigration law gives states the authority to impose sanctions on employers who hire unauthorized workers.

A message left Thursday for the lead attorney challenging the Fremont ordinance wasn't immediately returned.


Louis White 6 years, 11 months ago

This just in: Lawrence Resident Tells Kobach to Kiss His A**.

ebyrdstarr 6 years, 11 months ago

I am against requiring employers to use an unreliable database, E-Verify. That's the problem with the Arizona law. This is separate and apart from the I-9 federal form employers are supposed to submit for employees. (I've never worked a job where I didn't have to provide id for the I-9.) Businesses who don't comply with these requirements should be penalized. But adding the requirement that they check all potential employees against E-Verify is a bad, bad idea.

As an example, the state Department of Corrections has a website that offers updated information on convicted felons. But before you can even get to the search information, you have to accept a disclaimer that the information on the website may not be accurate. Most specifically, no one should be arrested based on that website indicating there is a KDOC warrant out for him/her. Instead, a law enforcement officer must run a warrants check on the official NCIC system. So E-verify is like the KDOC website while the I-9 check is the official federal check. Employers should only be required to do the official check.

Steve Jacob 6 years, 11 months ago

This is the right way to slow illegal immigration. Making people show "papers" just did not seem right.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 11 months ago

This will set a precedent that should keep Kobach gainfully employed for the rest of his life. By Robert's reasoning in his opinion, the slightest ambiguity in any federal law can now be used to justify additional enforcement regimens by either state or local governments for any federal law, since there is nothing in his wording that would restrict it to immigration law.

Our activist SC strikes again.

Brian Hall 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm all for slowing down illegal immigration and possibly forcing the ones here who don't want to leave to gain citizenship the right way but doesn't Kobach have a job here in Kansas to do? If he wants to deal with Arizona and Nebraska's laws then he should move there and let someone who cares about Kansas do the job here.

Scott Morgan 6 years, 11 months ago

Glad you birds didn't live in revolutionary times. You anti Kobach folks do know our first government officials had other careers.

Why not just admit it. You do not like Kobach.

Can you imagine..........That goofy Ben Franklin, why doesn't he just do his job and forget all the other nonsense.

Scott Morgan 6 years, 11 months ago

What would you have Kobach do, clock in like an hourly employee? Some of you are upset he has a real life too.

He is in high demand nationally. Get over it.

TheStonesSuck 6 years, 11 months ago

No, I wouldn't have him clock in, because he's a salaried employee. If he wants to be a consultant, more power to him, but until he's off the Kansas state government payroll he needs to focus exclusively on issues facing Kansans because that's what we pay him for.

deec 6 years, 11 months ago

The meat factories in Fremont are outside the city limits, and thus, will not be affected by Fremont's law. Well, except if the rental portion is upheld this time, the workers will have longer commutes as they move to surrounding communities.

Scott Morgan 6 years, 11 months ago

What would you have Kobach do, clock in like an hourly employee? Some of you are upset he has a real life too.

He is in high demand nationally. Get over it.

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago

The issue of the reliability of e-verify is a good one.

But, we need some sort of reliable way to check immigration status if we're going to enforce immigration laws effectively.

Any suggestions?

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago

Which level of government - state or federal?

If the system is working well, we wouldn't have such a problem with illegal immigration, right?

What would improve it?

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 11 months ago

Simple question -- according to other reports, the law in Arizona was followed up by similar laws in 8 states. Kansas is not among those 8 states.

Why didn't Kobach submit this legislation, as 8 other states have, rather than the overreaching and likely unconstitutional bill he pushed in the Legislature? Why tout the success of an Arizona law that Kobach had no interest in making law in Kansas?

Another question -- Kansas supported Arizona in this case in a brief signed by the former Attorney General. Where are the comments of the current Attorney General on being on the winning side of this case? Is the current AG saying he would not have joined Arizona in this case?

That's what it looks like to me. Looks like the current AG would be to scared of the Chamber of Commerce to get involved.

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