Friday, February 1, 2008

Romney's New Advisor on Illegal Immigration? Kris Kobach!!!

If anyone on the conservative side of the GOP is worried about Mitt Romney's illegal immigration views, they can sleep easier- at least with the advise that Gov. Romney is getting.

The Carden Chronicles learned last night that none other than Dr. Kris Kobach is now serving as an advisor to Gov. Romney on illegal immigration and border security!

For those that are not familiar with Professor Kobach, he is a noted Immigration expert, Professor Of Law And Head Of The Kansas Republican Party. In 1996, Professor Kobach joined the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law (UMKC) faculty. In 2001, he was awarded a White House Fellowship serving in the office of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. There he would serve as the Attorney General's chief adviser on immigration law and border security. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Kobach was charged with the Department of Justice's (DOJ) efforts to tighten border security and implement the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System. Before leaving DOJ in 2003, he led the reform of the immigration court system. Professor Kobach has litigated a number of high-profile immigration lawsuits including representing the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He is a Senior Counsel at the Immigration Reform Law Institute. At the Law School, he teaches Constitutional law and immigration law.

According to a statement from Romney for President:

Kobach will serve as an adviser to Governor Romney on border security and immigration reform issues.

"For years, Kris Kobach has distinguished himself in his work to ensure that our immigration system respects the rule of law and ends illegal immigration while protecting the legal immigration that has made our country great. He knows firsthand how important it is that we protect our country by securing our borders and rejecting amnesty proposals. I look forward to working with Kris as we tackle this critical challenge," said Governor Romney.

On a personal note, I am proud to be able to call Dr. Kobach a friend. I first met him in 2004 when he was running for the US House of Representatives and I served on his campaign staff setting up and running the technology end of his campaign. We have maintained a friendly relationship since that time. (In fact, I still need to get some elk steaks over to him from the elk I shot last fall). Kris is also an avid sportsman and a true believer that the second amendment is meant to protect the rights of the people.

There are few whose opinions I respect more. Kris Kobach is probably the best choice the Gov. Romney could have made to help secure America's borders.
Michelle Malkin lists all those that are behind McCain, including those that are basically "open-border." What a marked contrast!



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