Leading Kansas—Kansas Fights Back Against Treason Lobby
his recent vacation to the Sooner State, Wall saw all the
dreaded signs of the
massive Mexican invasion. We in California are
painfully familiar with the symptoms—too little
assimilation by too many poor illegal aliens arriving in
America too fast.
cheap Mexican labor has forced too many
Oklahomans—including Wall`s brother—out of jobs.
advice to Oklahoma: look north to see the aggressive
stance taken by Kansas to beat back the demanding
illegal immigration lobby.
May, Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius (e-mail
email@example.com) signed a law, HB 2145, that
in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens effective
July 1st. The usual meaningless caveats were tacked on:
the student would have to have attended a
Kansas high school for three years and either
graduated or earned a
General Education Development certificate. And the
students would have to sign an affidavit that they would
seek legal immigration status at the earliest
"It`s about opportunity
and it`s about rejecting prejudice.”
on July 19, a lawsuit backed by the Federation for
American Immigration Reform and filed by Missouri
University at Kansas City Professor Kris Kobach
challenged the new law. Kobach
says that granting illegal aliens benefits not
available to citizens from the other 49 states violates
Among the plaintiffs are college students, many enrolled
at Kansas University, and their parents who say they are
forced to pay the higher out of state rates while illegal
aliens benefit from the lower tuition.
Chris Heath, a K.U. senior from Monterey, CA. said,
Suit challenges in-state tuition for illegal immigrants By Scott Rothschild, Lawrence, (KS)Journal-World, July 19, 2004
Kobach, who has degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale Law
School and who served as Counsel to
Attorney General John Ashcroft from 2001-2003, is a
Republican Congressional candidate in the August primary.
spoke with Kobach to ask him how the people of Kansas
felt about his lawsuit.
Kobach told me:
“It has been overwhelmingly
well received. I have gotten very positive feedback from
everyone. When the governor signed the legislation there
was an outcry. People were shocked that in-state tuition
for illegal aliens would cost them $15 million annually.
And the amazing irony—not commented on by the media—is
that on the same day the governor signed the bill, Kansas
University announced that it would have to
hike tuition by 18%. The very people who are going to
be paying the bill are those
other students. And they are getting the raw deal.”
asked Susan Tully, FAIR`s Midwest Field Director, to
respond to those accusations.
“This is what the opposition
does. Without any facts to support its position that no
one is harmed by catering to illegal aliens, Taff and
others pro-Hispanic activists try to distract the people
by making these
baseless charges. It is all very predictable.”
Kobach anticipates that his lawsuit will be successful.
“It`s a slam-dunk,” he said.
Early indications are that Kobach is correct. On
Wednesday, July 21st, Kansas Attorney General
Phill Kline issued a statement that
read in part:
“Congress, through the
passage of several federal statutes, has sought to
undermining of national immigration law by those
states that extend benefits to people who enter this
nation illegally. HB 2145 seeks to avoid such
Congressional prohibitions through artful wording that
may not withstand federal court review.”
“This nation is
strengthened by legal immigration. America was built by
those who were willing to risk all to seek
liberty and opportunity. I am concerned about and
differ with those who seek to diminish the value of legal
Kline delegated the case for further review to the Civil
Litigation Division of his office.
Immigration reformers nationwide can learn from Kansas by
following Kobach`s bold approach.
win, become the
aggressor. And don`t back down.
Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.