Nativism Watch

Kris Kobach, architect of anti-immigrant laws, headed to Indiana to testify before state senate

Imagine2050 Staff • Apr 14, 2016

An Indiana Senate committee on immigration will turn to representatives from a noted extremist group for legislative advice next week.

Kris Kobach and Dale Wilcox of the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) will testify before the Indiana Senate Select Committee on Immigration Issues during its first meeting next Tuesday, April 19.

Read: Kris Kobach, Nativist Son

IRLI serves as the legal arm the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the flagship of the organized anti-immigrant movement. Wilcox was FAIR’s state and local director before becoming executive director of IRLI in 2014. Kobach is currently Of Counsel with IRLI and has been formally affiliated with the group since July 2006. Kobach, author of a mass of anti-immigrant laws including the notorious SB 1070, also worked on several of FAIR’s legal challenges prior to that date.

In an announcement Tuesday, State Sen. Mike Delph, the chairman of the select committee, noted Kobach and Wilcox provide an “overview of immigration law so all committee members have a common understanding of federal and state immigration law, especially Indiana’s immigration law that went into effect in 2011.” A published agenda for the meeting adds that Kobach and Wilcox will present information on “certain states’ proof-of-citizenship voter registration requirement.”

As Kansas Secretary of State, Kobach has championed voter disenfranchisement measures like proof-of-citizenship requirements. Kobach recently defended Kansas’ requirement before the Supreme Court. In his capacity as IRLI Executive Director, Wilcox authored a amicus curiae brief supporting Kobach.

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