A national group of civil rights attorneys says that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach may have violated a federal law by promoting his work on President Donald Trump’s voter commission on his campaign website. The Lawyers’ Committee Civil Rights Under Law, a nonprofit group founded in 1963 at the request of President John Kennedy as a way to safeguard civil rights, filed a Hatch Act complaint against Kobach on Monday with the Office of Special Counsel, an independent watchdog within the federal government.
On Wednesday, the GOP’s leading vote suppressor, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, used his appointment by President Trump to a federal commission on “election integrity” to send a letter to top state election officials requesting they turn over their statewide voter files—including public information like names, addresses and political party and private information like Social Security numbers and voters’ status as active or inactive.
A report by the libertarian Cato Institute found there were 154 foreign-born terrorists who engaged in fatal attacks in the United States from 1975 to 2015. Twenty of these terrorists were refugees. Collectively those 20 people were responsible for killing a total of three people.
Tightening border enforcement measures, attacking pro-immigrant cities, and pushing local law enforcement to act as immigration police are all ideas that have been promoted by the anti-immigrant, nativist, and white supremacist right for decades, but now they’ve finally found an ally in the Oval Office.
Donald Trump could hire Kris Kobach for a newly created position — immigration czar — that would not need Senate confirmation. The proposal would put one person in charge of an issue that impacts a dozen departments and agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, State, Justice, Labor, Housing and Health and Human Services.
The plan was revealed when an AP photographer captured an image of Kris Kobach entering a private meeting with Trump on Sunday, carrying a binder and papers.
Let’s go out on a limb and predict that a Republican majority will retake the Senate in November’s elections. After all, Nate Silver, the paragon of quantitative journalism, puts the party’s chances of doing so at 62.6 percent. On second thought, let’s not. As even Silver would admit, there’s plenty of room for unforeseen events. […]
Republicans know they need to broaden their party’s appeal to Hispanic voters to have a realistic shot at winning the 2016 presidential election. But on the key issue of immigration, they can’t seem to help but follow far-right leaders over a cliff of extremism. Writing for Reuters on Monday, Mica Rosenberg and Jeff Mason explain how as President Obama […]