In case you missed it, there was a great profile on Kansas Secretary of State (and the author of Alabama’s new immigration law) Kris Kobach in yesterday’s Mobile Press-Register. They cite Eagle Forum of Alabama’s annual conference as Kobach’s first engagement in the state:
Kobach got his introduction to Alabama politics in 2007, through a conference hosted in Birmingham by the Eagle Forum of Alabama, a conservative think tank. There, he met state Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, who said the two developed a relationship that centered on their shared concerns about the nation’s immigration policy.
We’ve spoken with one of the nation’s top immigration lawyers, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who had this to say about yesterday’s ruling:
“The decision was a significant victory for Alabama. Judge Blackburn sustained 75% of Alabama’s HB 56, including the most important sections. This decision vindicates the Republican legislative sponsors of the bill, who were determined to address the problem of illegal immigration in Alabama. They and I drafted the law carefully so that it would withstand judicial scrutiny, and that has proven to be the case.”
Kris also said the ruling will help other states wanting to deal with the issue of illegal immigration:
“Alabama’s victory will help other states that are trying to discourage illegal immigration too. Judge Blackburn rejected most of the flawed reasoning of the Ninth Circuit’s decision striking down the Arizona law. This decision stands as a strong counterweight to the Ninth Circuit.”
On that note, Alabama College Republican Chairman, Cliff Sims, has a great op-ed in today’s Daily Caller about the effect of Judge Blackburn’s ruling. You can check it out here, but below are some highlights.
Regarding tonight’s passage of immigration reform legislation, Eagle Forum of Alabama spoke with Kris Kobach, one of the nation’s top immigration lawyers and current Kansas Secretary of State, who congratulated the Alabama Legislature on today’s passage of HB56 which he considers to be one of the toughest immigration laws in the country.
“With the enactment of this bill, Alabama now has the strongest law deterring illegal immigration in the country, surpassing even Arizona. I have worked closely with Senate and House leadership to ensure that the Alabama law is drafted carefully. It will pass judicial muster if the ACLU and the open borders crowd decide to take Alabama to court,” said Kobach.
Among other things, HB56 will require a person to present proof of citizenship or residency before voting and prohibit an alien not lawfully present in the U.S. from receiving any state or local public benefits. It will also require employers to verify the legal status of their employees using the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify program. Eagle Forum of Alabama has been advocating immigration reform for many years now because of the detrimental effect it has had on our state.