Romney Appoints Hazleton Defender Kris Kobach To Advisor On Immigration
I am absolutely stunned. After wondering for months about how serious Romney was on tackling illegal immigration and the strange endorsement of Tom Tancredo after dropping out of the race, Romney has issues the coup de grace. Mitt Romney has appointed Immigration Warrior Kris Kobach to his advisory staff.
Who is Kris Kobach? Well you may remember Kris as the lead attorney in defending Hazleton, Pennsylvania‘s Illegal Immigration Relief Act. Kris has been a leader in the fight against illegal immigration in this country and his addition to the Romney team shows that he is deadly serious about ending illegal immigration.I’m telling you, I’m sitting here just absolutely stunned. That is how unforeseen this was to me.
After this appointment, I see no way that I cannot at least support Romney’s immigration stance now. Before it was all words. As for Romney’s other positions, well that’s up to you to judge.
This in from The Carden Chronicles
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.
Contrast this with McCain’s disgusting appointment of Juan Hernandez as his Hispanic Outreach Director discovered a few days ago.
For more on Kris Kobach read my extensive day by day coverage of the Hazleton trial from March 2007.
Thanks to Matt Carden for the tip.