By: Brian Evans
On Monday, former Kansas Secretary of State and general counsel for We Build the Wall, Inc. Kris Kobach announced his U.S. Senate candidacy on Monday. Kris Kobach’s announcement follows Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R-KS) announcement earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election after serving as Kansas US Senator since 1997.
Breitbart News reported on Monday that Kobach is a…
“staunch ally of President Trump and his “America First” agenda, Kobach has served as an advisor to the president on immigration issues and devised a plan for the administration that would instantly end the catch and release of border crossers and illegal aliens into the U.S. by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials.”
Kobach previously worked at the Justice Department in the early 2000s for then-Attorney General John Ashcroft and created the National Security Entry/Exit Registration System (NSEERS) — the first entry/exit system in U.S. history — after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The NSEERS program provided U.S. officials with a streamlined process for registering, fingerprinting, and tracking legal immigrants deemed to be “high-risk” due to their ties to state-sponsors of terrorism.
Kobach is also widely known as one of the architects of Arizona’s mandatory E-Verify law — the policy that bars employers from hiring illegal aliens over American citizens — which was ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and which inspired states like Mississippi and Alabama to also adopt similar E-Verify laws that protect American workers from unfair foreign competition.
The GOP primary for the open Senate seat could be a crowded field of Republican contenders. Kobach joins lesser-known candidates State Treasurer Jake LaTurner and former Kansas City Chiefs player Dave Lindstrom in the race. Also likely to announce a run is Kansas Chamber of Commerce President Alan Cobb.
Currently, it is likely that President Trump will throw his support behind Kobach, as he is a staunch supporter of the President’s agenda, and has worked tirelessly with Brian Kolfage on building a wall along the southern US/Mexico border!