Monday, November 21, 2016

Kris Kobach Not a Part of Trump Transition Team? Interviews with Trump


It has been widely reported (and here) that immigration hawk, and author of Arizona's SB 1070, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is a member of the President-elect Donald Trump's transition team. However, Law 360 (subscription required) reports that Kobach is not on Trump’s transition team despite telling a Kansas-based television station last week that he was one of the incoming president’s top immigration advisers, a Trump transition spokesman said Friday.

Nevertheless, Kobach reportedly met with Trump for about 45 minutes yesterday afternoon.  Trump has been hosting a series of meetings at his golf club in New Jersey this weekend as he crafts his Cabinet. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani also met with Trump yesterday.

UPDATE (Nov. 22, 1 p.m. PST):  TPM reports that Kobach was photographed with President-elect Donald Trump Sunday holding Kobach's "strategic plan" for the Department of Homeland Security.  The plan appears from the photograph to include some of Kobach's anti-immigration proposals and even alludes to election law, another area where the secretary of state is known for taking hard right positions.  The plan is titled "KOBACH STRATEGIC PLAN FOR FIRST 365 DAYS."

The first page of the plan is visible in the photograph, which was taken by an AP photographer. Some of it is readable, including proposals to "Update and reintroduce" the "special registration" program for Muslim noncitizens; an "extreme vetting" process for "high-risk aliens" in which immigrants are interviewed about "jihad," "Sharia law," gender equality and the U.S. Constitution; and the reduction of Syrian refugees settled in the United States "to zero."

Additionally, the plan appears to outline new guidelines for the deportation of undocumented immigrants.

At the bottom of the page is also the suggestion to "Draft Amendments to National Voter...", perhaps a reference to the National Voter Registration Act. Kobach's attempts to require Kansans to show documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote in the state have been blocked by courts multiple times for violating the National Voter Registration Act.


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