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Thu Mar 15, 2012, 07:35 PM

Kris Kobach, Nativist Son (Mother Jones)

If there's a controversial new anti-immigration law that's captured national attention, chances are that it has Kris Kobach's imprimatur. A telegenic law professor with flawless academic credentials—Harvard undergrad, Yale Law School—Kobach helped Arizona lawmakers craft the infamous immigration law that passed in the spring of 2010. He's coached legislators across the country in their efforts to pass dozens of similar measures, ranging from Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri to the small town of Fremont, Nebraska, pop. 26,000. His record has helped propel him into elected office, becoming Kansas' secretary of state just six months after the passage of Arizona's SB 1070.

Kobach routinely denies that he's the progenitor of the anti-immigration laws he's drafted or defended. Rather, he insists he simply assists officials already committed to tougher enforcement policies. "I did not generate the motivation to pass the law...I am merely the attorney who comes in, refines, and drafts their statutes," he says.

Kobach, 45, has spent much of his professional life developing the legal framework that a growing number of officials have used to justify laws further criminalizing illegal immigration. A rising star in the Republican establishment, Kobach joined John Ashcroft's Justice Department just days before 9/11. Over the next two years, he helped create a program that required all visiting citizens from 25 mostly Arab countries to be fingerprinted and monitored—a policy that critics said amounted to racial profiling.

During those years, Kobach advanced an idea that had long been circulating in conservative legal circles: that local and state officials have the "inherent authority" to enforce federal immigration laws. This unorthodox notion bucked the prevailing view—long held by both Republican and Democratic administrations—that the federal government has principal jurisdiction over immigration under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. If local and state governments were to strike out on their own, they could undermine federal efforts, create jurisdictional chaos, and detract from law enforcement efforts by discouraging immigrants from cooperating with police, critics argue. In 2002, however, Ashcroft's Office of Legal Counsel issued a memo, which Kobach helped review, supporting the "inherent authority" theory.

more . . . http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/kris-kobach-anti-immigration-laws-sb-1070

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Thu Mar 15, 2012, 07:53 PM

1. Just because he has credentials from Harvard undergrad, Yale Law School,,,,

doesn't translate into a knowledge of law. It just means he can SELL an idea as a law, to those who know LESS about the law than he does!!!

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Thu Mar 15, 2012, 11:08 PM

2. Kobach doesn't sound 'murkin to me, sounds German.

 

can we deport his ass back to Germany?

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