Monday, April 11, 2016

Moving Away From Immigration Enforcement, Kris Kobach Advocates Restrictive Voting Laws


What has Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach been up to?  That is the question that Sari Horwitz discusses in this story in the Washington Post.

ImmigrationProf readers will recall that Kobach advised Mitt Romney on the idea of “self-deportation” for undocumented  immigrants during the 2012 presidential campaign. He drafted Arizona's strict immigration enforcement law known as SB 1070, which the Supreme Court in Arizona v. United States invalidated in large part in 2012.  Kobach oppose President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Today, Kobach is a major figure in a national movement to add more requirements for Americans to vote or register to vote.  He has been at the center of many legal skirmishes over voting requirements that have popped up nationwide.  Election-law experts say that there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in this country and that Kobach is intentionally trying to make it more difficult for minority voters who tend to vote Democratic.  “He’s a provocateur,” said Richard L. Hasen, an election-law expert at the University of California at Irvine. “Kobach has been a leader nationally in making irresponsible claims that voter fraud is a major problem in this country.”

UPDATE (April 12):  TPM reports that Kobach claims to be advising Donald Trump on his immigration enforcement policy.


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