I was disappointed to read of Kris Kobach’s litigation in the recent California court case (9/17, Local, “Kansan examines court case; The California decision could affect other states with similar tuition laws for illegal immigrants”) as well as his plans to pursue a similar lawsuit in Kansas concerning the effort to deny in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants. He may have won the court case but he lost the battle for basic human decency. He has struck a blow against one of the hallmarks of any great country: Care and concern for the poor and for the alien.
Education is the silver bullet. It is foundational to our hope to be a nation which embodies mercy and justice. It is also the best antidote to the racial/immigration strife that we experience here in Kansas. We should do everything we can do to help educate immigrants. We should be begging them to attend colleges in our state, not filing lawsuits to make it more difficult. His efforts constitute an alarming callousness toward the poor. I hope his attempt to follow a similar course in Kansas will be unsuccessful.