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KC Star Blasts Kris Kobach For “Despicable Affiliation” With White Nationalists

Last week, the Center for New Community reported that Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach,spoke at a conference organized by white nationalists.  Kobach, one of the most extreme and vociferous anti-immigrant voices in the U.S., is a product of the Tanton network, which has deep ties to white nationalists. From CNC: On October 25, white nationalist … Continue reading »

Kris Kobach: Executive Action Will Lead to "Socialism," "Ethnic Cleansing"

Quite a few Congressional Republicans are losing it over President Obama’s upcoming executive order on immigration — but the one who takes the cake may be Kris Kobach, Kansas’ Secretary of State and the party’s notorious architect of all things anti-immigrant. Kobach has already cost Republicans one presidential election, and (along with Steve King and … Continue reading »

In Kansas, Kobach Wastes Taxpayer Money, Now "In the Fight of his Life”

Given his prominent anti-immigrant role, we’re always keeping an eye on the Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach. Yesterday, Jen Hayden at DailyKos explained how he “continues to waste taxpayer money“: When the Democratic nominee, Chad Taylor, withdrew his name from the race for U.S. Senate in Kansas, Kris Kobach—the worst secretary of state in the … Continue reading »

Kris Kobach Doesn't Golf Anymore — Because He's Too Busy Attacking Immigrants

Both the New York Times and Politico today have great pieces on Kris Kobach, America’s least favorite Secretary of State, and his unexpectedly tight reelection campaign this November.  A wide swath of Kansas voters are fed up with his extremism, his voter ID crusade, and his apparent preference for furthering anti-immigrant state laws across the country over actually fulfilling … Continue reading »

New Republic: Why Kris Kobach's Reelection Race in Kansas is a Must-Watch

In the immigration reform world, we know Kris Kobach well.  He was Mitt Romney’s immigration advisor and partly responsible for Romney’s ill-fated espousal of self-deportation.  He was the architect of incredibly anti-immigrant laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56, which punitively targeted and terrorized immigrants before they were largely struck down by the Supreme Court. … Continue reading »

Kris Kobach Fighting Executive Action on National Front, Reelection Campaign Back Home

All rumors indicate that a major executive announcement from President Obama on immigration is forthcoming, and anti-immigrant extremists are preparing their response.  Members of Congress like Steve King and Marco Rubio are already threatening another government shutdown this fall if Obama takes action.  And the anti-immigrant movement’s “go-to guy” on immigration-related lawsuits, Kris Kobach, is also scheming to “torpedo” … Continue reading »

Kris Kobach Primary Challenger: 'Quit Doing Immigration on Our Dime'

Kansas’ Secretary of State Kris Kobach is famous for being the architect of the Arizona and Alabama anti-immigrant laws (SB 1070 and HB 56) — and for pushing anti-immigrant laws onto states when he’s supposed to be working for Kansas. He’s facing reelection this year though, and according to the Wall Street Journal, Kobach is drawing challengers … Continue reading »

Kris Kobach, Romney Immigration Advisor, Crows Over His Anti-Immigrant Ordinance

This week, Jorge Ramos and Greg Sargent exposed the real GOP platform on immigration, and the fact that what they stand for is more deportations, since they don’t want President Obama to take executive action. Yesterday, the Supreme Court helped an application of that fact make headlines, when it declined to hear the case of Fremont, Nebraska’s anti-immigrant ordinance.  The ordinance, championed … Continue reading »

Right Wing Watch: The Cost of Being Kris Kobach's Guinea Pig is High

This week, we’ve written a number of pieces on the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case of anti-immigrant ordinances in Farmers’ Branch, Texas and Hazleton, Pennsylvania.  Deprived of further opportunities for appeal, these anti-immigrant laws have effectively reached the end of their journey, after the towns that implemented them spent millions of dollars … Continue reading »

Alabama's "HB 56 Is In Ruins": The Repudiation of Self-Deportation, Krikorian and Kobach

Two years ago, we were deeply involved in the battle against Alabama’s HB 56, the harshest immigration law in the country. HB 56 was a self-deportation bill that relied on racial profiling to harass immigrants in the state. But, as Benjy Sarlin notes, today, HB 56 is in shambles: “Illegal is illegal.” With that rallying cry, Alabama … Continue reading »