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  • Lecture posted December 3, 2010 by Kris W. Kobach, D.Phil., J.D. The Arizona Immigration Law: What It Actually Does, and Why It Is Constitutional

    Abstract: America has arrived at a dangerous, unprece­dented moment: an Administration is attacking a state that is simply trying to help the federal government restore the rule of law. In addition to partisan mischarac­terizations of S.B. 1070, observes Professor Kris Kobach, the Eric Holder Justice Department launched an unprece­dented and unwarranted…

  • Backgrounder posted September 13, 2007 by Kris W. Kobach, D.Phil., J.D. A Sleeper Amnesty: Time to Wake Up from the DREAM Act

    Just three months after the Senate immigration bill met its well-deserved end, amnesty advocates in the U.S. Congress resumed their efforts. Recently, Senator Richard Durbin (D–IL) announced on the Senate floor his intention to offer the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act as an amendment to the defense authorization bill. The DREAM Act…

  • WebMemo posted June 26, 2007 by Kris W. Kobach, D.Phil., J.D. The Senate Amnesty Bill: A Muddled Legal Morass

    The comprehensive immigration bill before the U.S. Senate (S. 1639) has been roundly and justly criticized for what it would do up front: grant immediate amnesty to virtually all illegal aliens now in the country and jeopardize U.S. national security. However, that is only half of the problem. S. 1639 would also create a legal morass that would entangle immigration…

  • WebMemo posted June 19, 2007 by Kris W. Kobach, D.Phil., J.D. The Senate Immigration Bill: A National Security Nightmare

    Proponents of the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill are attempting to rhetorically recast the massive amnesty proposal as national security legislation. "It's a matter of our national security," insisted Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), a sponsor of the legislation. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez has echoed the point repeatedly: "This is a national security…

  • WebMemo posted May 23, 2007 by Kris W. Kobach, D.Phil., J.D., Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. Rewarding Illegal Aliens: Senate Bill Undermines The Rule of Law

    The most controversial component of the Senate's Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and immigration Reform Act of 2007 is Title VI, euphemistically entitled "Nonimmigrants in the United States Previously in Unlawful Status." It would create a new "Z" visa exclusively for illegal aliens. This title would change the status of those who are here illegally to legal,…

  • Backgrounder posted August 14, 2006 by Kris W. Kobach, D.Phil., J.D. The Senate Immigration Bill Rewards Lawbreaking: Why the DREAM Act Is a Nightmare

    It is no secret that the Comprehensive immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611), passed by the U.S. Senate on May 25, 2006, contains numerous provisions that reward illegal aliens for violating federal immigration law. What is less well known is that the Senate bill also condones the violation of federal law by 10 U.S. states. Indeed, S. 2611 expressly shields…

  • Testimony posted July 7, 2006 by Kris W. Kobach, D.Phil., J.D. Senate Immigration Law Would Disarm Local Law Enforcement

    Statement of Kris W. Kobach Professor of Law University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Before the House Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation   July 5, 2006   (Professor Kobach's testimony is based on his May 24, 2006, Heritage Foundation WebMemo "Terrorist…

  • WebMemo posted May 24, 2006 by Kris W. Kobach, D.Phil., J.D. Terrorist Loophole: Senate Bill Disarms Law Enforcement

    The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611) before the U.S. Senate is touted by proponents as a "compromise," combining amnesty for current illegal immigrants with stepped-up enforcement provisions. Nothing could be further from the truth. A previously unnoticed provision in this complicated legislation would disarm America's state and local police in…

  • WebMemo posted May 17, 2006 by Kris W. Kobach, D.Phil., J.D. Courting Chaos: Senate Proposal Undermines Immigration Law

    Once again, the Senate Judiciary Committee has rolled out a massive amnesty for more than 11 million illegal aliens. Rewarding aliens who have violated federal law is bad enough. However, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611) does much more than that. Buried deep inside the bill-beginning at page 540-are provisions that would radically alter our…

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