After decisively winning the presidential election, Donald J. Trump is getting ready to be the next president of the United States. Trump has made many campaign promises about what he is going to do in the first 100 days as president. Now, he is facing the reality of what is actually achievable. But the President-elect does not stand alone when faced with the difficult task of changing the country. He has already started to put together his team for the White House. So far, Donald J. Trump is putting together a transition team. But the team isn’t meant to ensure a smooth transition. It’s more likely going to start working on changing course.
Kris Kobach Shares Trump’s Tough Views on Immigration
One of the people that Donald J. Trump has already picked for his team is going to work on immigration. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is going to be part of the transition team with regard to immigration policy. He is one of the architects of some of the most controversial laws on immigration in this country. His views on immigration are similar to those of President-elect Donald J. Trump.
This Thursday Kris Kobach gave an interview to a Kansas television station. He said that he is ready to help Trump reverse the immigration policies that Obama put in place.
“There’s going to be a lot to do there in part because Mr. Trump and Mr. Obama are diametric opposites when it comes to immigration policy, so there will be a lot of changes,”
said Kris Kobach.
One of the pledges of the Trump campaign was building a wall on the United States’ southern border with Mexico. Kris Kobach also supports the wall and believes that with a Republican majority in Congress it will become a reality.
“There’s no question the wall is going to get built. The only question is how quickly will it get done and who pays for it,”
said Kris Kobach.
Kris Kobach Contributed to Anti-Immigration Legislation
Kris Kobach has contributed to several laws that are aimed at reducing immigration. One of them is Arizona’s SB-1070. Its purpose was to reduce the number of immigrants that were in the state illegally. It gave police the prerogative to stop individuals and ask for papers. It also gave them the right to make arrests even without a warrant if they had reason to believe that the suspected had committed an offense that could lead to their deportation.
Critics of SB-1070 said that it was racial profiling. The law came before the Supreme Court in 2012 and large parts of it were struck down. However, the Supreme Court upheld the part where the police can check immigration statuses. Immigrant rights groups took action against the law. The state of Arizona settled with them and since September no longer requires police officers to ask for papers from people who might be in the country illegally.
Kris Kobach also helped write a legal measure in Arizona that says that the police have a mandate to work towards determining the legal status of a person. Provided that they have reason to believe they are in the country illegally.
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