citizen tomorrow, deport an illegal alien today!"
|Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, author of draconian|
Alabama anti-immigrant law, seated next to White
Supremacist Robert Vandervoort at CPAC Saturday.
Kobach said he "had no idea who was going to be on my
panel." The Institute for Research and Education on
Human Rights said all panelist were informed of
Vandervoort's background in advance.
Andrew Harmon, writing in the Advocate, reported that Kobach attends Christ Church in Overland Park, which left the Episcopal church after the ordination of New Hampshire bishop Gene Robinson. The church has in the past had ties to antigay churches fomenting violence in Rwanda.
Last Saturday, Kobach dined alongside White Supremacist Robert Vandervoort at a Conservative Public Action Conference, according to the Kansas City Star.
Kobach, who is paid by the State of Kansas, is the author of Alabama's draconian new anti-immigration law.
The Huffington Post notes that a new study by the Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Alabama suggests that the immigration law could end up crippling the state's economy.
George Talbot said Kobach wrote Alabama's new law while sitting in a turkey blind.Dr. Samuel Addy...predicts that the law will lead to a huge departure of immigrants from the state, leading to a dramatic reduction of demand for goods and services. This would shrink the state's gross domestic product by between $2.3 billion at $10.8 billion annually, and cost up to $264.5 million in lost tax revenue and between 70,000 and 140,000 jobs.
Despite Kobach's contention that complaints from farmers and construction firms about the law are a sign that it is working as intended, a federal appeals court has blocked a key part of his law that requires schools to check the immigration status of students."I doubt there’s anybody in America who understands the immigration issue better than Kris Kobach," said Alabama state Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, who worked closely with Kobach to draft House Bill 56 and then sponsored it in the Legislature this spring. "As far as I’m concerned, he is a godsend."...Not everyone is a fan. The Southern Poverty Law Center placed Kobach on its "nativist" watch list, citing his legal work on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform — a Washington, D.C., non-profit organization that has been described as a hate group by the SPLC.The Montgomery-based SPLC released a 26-page report on Kobach earlier this year, detailing his work on local and state immigration bills in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Texas."What we found is that, wherever he’s gone, you find communities torn apart culturally, economically and racially," said SPLC spokesman Mark Potok. "Kris Kobach comes to town and leaves strife in his wake. Our expectation is Alabama will be no different."
Kobach also has crafted anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Texas.