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 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
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.”
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.”
- Kansas tax reform: “Triple Zero + 6.3″ Plan, Kansas Watchdog, Dec. 19, 2011.
- Freedom’s Big Three, program of Union of Patriots/FairTaxKC event in Overland Park on Dec. 16 and in Wichita on Dec. 17.
- US Supreme Court to hear Arizona’s SB1070 case, Tucson Citizen, Dec. 12, 2011.
- Study: Illegal Immigrants Cost Kansas Taxpayers $442 million, Kansas Watchdog, July 8, 2010.
Contact: Earl F Glynn, firstname.lastname@example.org, KansasWatchdog.org
This report addresses the discussion of illegal immigration in Kansas.
Reprinting: Kansas Watchdog is a free wire service and we welcome reprinting and only ask for attribution and notification. If you’d like to reprint this story we ask that you e-mail the author with the date the story will run and the outlet name.