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In Kobach’s Home State, Business Leaders Want to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Have Jobs

by Mahwish Khan on 02/02/2012 at 10:09am

welcome to kansasKris Kobach authored Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56. He also confirmed to the AP earlier that he’s “serving as an unpaid adviser on immigration issues” to Republican Mitt “I believe in self-deportation” Romney. Kobach’s mission is to inflict so much hardship on immigrants that they leave the U.S, a process called “attrition through enforcement.” While Kobach his wreaking havoc on the immigrant families and the economies of other states, the Agriculture Secretary wants to create a program to allow undocumented immigrants to work:

Facing pressure from large dairies and feedlots desperate for workers, Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman is seeking a federal waiver that would allow companies to hire illegal immigrants.

Rodman has met several times with officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about launching a pilot program that would place employers and illegal immigrants in a special state-organized network. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the goal is to create a legal, straightforward manner of organizing existing immigrant labor.

So far, Homeland Security has neither approved nor rejected the idea. “I need a waiver,” Rodman said. “It would be good for Kansas agriculture.”

Rodman’s proposal is supported by the GOP-leaning business community:

The coalition pushing the new program includes agriculture groups with memberships that traditionally lean toward the GOP, as well as the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, another stalwart supporter of conservative Republicans.

So the people who work in agriculture and run businesses need undocumented immigrants to fill jobs. We’ll see if Kobach will do to the Kansas economy what he’s done to Alabama’s — $11 billion and counting. (Despite what Kobach thinks.)

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