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Kobach says Kansas like California in dealing with illegal immigration

By   /   December 20, 2011  /   6 Comments

OVERLAND PARK  —  “Where’s Kansas?” asked Secretary of State Kris Kobach regarding the enforcement of laws dealing with illegal immigration. “Nowhere to be seen” was his response in a  video presentation.

“Kansas has taken no steps in recent years to discourage illegal immigration.”

In the prerecorded video Kobach told the Union of Patriots group of about 70 on Friday about what states can and should be doing about illegal immigration.

Kris Kobach discusses illegal immigration

Kobach said states like Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Utah, Missouri and Oklahoma are at the forefront of stopping illegal immigration, but Kansas is more like California in its approach.

Kobach said the U.S. Supreme Court recently took under review an Arizona law he helped draft to deal with illegal immigration.

Kobach said the Arizona law “formalizes and makes uniform cooperation between state and local law enforcement officers and the federal government.”  Kobach said he is “cautiously optimistic the Supreme Court will rule in Arizona’s favor.”

Kobach discussed actions that should be taken in Kansas:

“We’ve got to move Kansas in the direction of Arizona and Alabama and away from the direction of California. …

“We’ve got to take these steps to stop having our taxpayer dollars go to people who are not supposed to be in the country in first place.”

The bottom line is we could be saving tens, even hundreds of millions of dollars of Kansas taxpayers’ money if we got our illegal immigration problem under control.”

Recent actions in Alabama caused illegal aliens to self-deport and was opening up jobs for U.S. citizens in that state, according to Kobach.

Daily Caller confirms Kobach’s statements about unemployment dropping in Alabama from 9.8 percent in September to 9.3 percent in October, but Media Matters for America disputes those claims.

“Geezer” talks about the tax burden caused by illegal immigration

See slides from presentation

A man, who identified himself  as “Geezer” in the video and said he was a co-founder of the Union of Patriots, discussed several aspects of bills to be introduced in the Kansas legislature to deal with illegal immigration. He said the result of three separate bills “if implemented would reduce costs to taxpayers.”

“An enormous burden is carried by the lack of enforcement on illegal aliens.”

Some of the benefits received by illegal aliens in Kansas mentioned at Union of Patriots meeting

He gave cost estimates of the illegal immigration burden on Kansas taxpayers that ranged  from $22.5 million a year, which he said was “an almost blind government estimation,” to as high as $800 million estimated by a local group he did not identify.

A Kansas Watchdog article in July 2010 put the cost of illegal immigration in Kansas at over $440 million.

Geezer said that Kansas businesses hiring illegal aliens were offloading their cost of labor to taxpayers because of social programs being used by their workers. He said many illegal aliens collected food stamps and have health care, and in many instances child care, paid for by taxpayers.

“What we hope to do is invigorate public interest, is why we’re here tonight.”


Contact: Earl F Glynn, earl@kansaswatchdog.org, KansasWatchdog.org

Editor’s note:  The Union of Patriots and FairTaxKC groups held “Freedom’s Big Three” forums at the KU Edwards Center on Friday night and in Wichita on Saturday.

The groups discussed three policy issues facing the Kansas legislature in January.  Kansas Watchdog reported about a tax reform proposal yesterday, and will report about health care reform tomorrow.

This report addresses the discussion of illegal immigration in Kansas.

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  • PYlar

    All the states should join the fight against illegal immigration. They are simply going to leave one state and go to another to escape the enforcement of immigratiaon laws. States such as Kansas will see their numbers increase.

  • peter neversoft

    did you know the srs staff are not allowed to ask people applying for benefits if they are legal or illegal!

  • peter neversoft

    i have a friend who works for the state and they recived a e-mail last friday, after a caseworker asked if the people applying for benefits were legaly in the usa during the week, they were told not to ever ask this again!

  • Barbara Larison

    It is incomprehensible to me that we are supporting people who have NO legal right to be here. It is difficult enough for the Kansas governement to deal with the costs of running a state and for the taxpayers to pay these costs. Then the hard-earned money of the tax payers is given to people who do not belong here. I am appalled that the SRS staff are not allowed to ask if the applicant is legal or illegal. Exactly who made that stupid rule and why? The answer is probably some liberal do-gooder, who loves to give away other people’s money or tax-payer money. Years ago, when my daughter applied for assistance for her son, the SRS demanded to know the name of the father before granting benefits. So why is there a difference? Both my daughter and grandson were legal Americans.

  • WeimMom

    KS boasting .06 increase in citizens; all illegal aliens! Illegal aliens know they can move to Kansas as they will be welcomed by our weak officials in this sanctuary state!

    Kansans welcome legal immigrants, must wake up to the effects of mass immigration of illegals to our state.

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