Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the architect of the Trump immigration enforcement structures. Working diligently behind the scenes Kobach is constructing the actual mechanisms and actionable policies that will make President Trump’s policy proposals actually come into fruition.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), otherwise known as President Obama’s “Dreamers”, and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), which targets the parents of the dreamers, has conveniently assembled a registration of names and addresses of unlawful aliens.
During President Obama’s press conference yesterday he was asked by a reporter if he could keep the list from the Trump administration. President Obama responded by saying he hoped Trump would not overturn his executive actions on immigration.
“We are constantly told that the only two options are massive roundups [of illegal immigrants] or an amnesty. But attrition through enforcement is the third way. Change the individual decisions of particular illegal aliens, and they will decide to leave the country.” (link) ~ Kris Kobach
“There’s no question the wall is going to get built. The only question is how quickly will it get done and who pays for it.” (link) ~ Kris Kobach
(Via NBC News) President-elect Donald Trump’s immigration adviser Kris Kobach warned Tuesday no one living here illegally will get a “free pass” and predicted many immigrants would leave as jobs and benefits “dry up.”
Kobach, one of the architects of Arizona’s anti-immigration law SB1070, made the statement on Fox News when he was asked what Trump plans to do about people who are illegally, but are working hard and are not regarded as criminals. Kobach reached back to the immigration speech Trump made in August in Phoenix, when there were thoughts then-candidate Trump might be easing his view on immigrants.
In that speech, Trump said “every person in this country has to follow American law. No person living here illegally gets a free pass, like they did under the Obama administration,” Kobach said.
“The jobs are going to dry up, the welfare benefits are going to dry up, and a lot of people who may not be criminal illegal aliens may decide, hey, it’s getting hard to disobey federal law, and may leave on their own,” he said.
Undocumented immigrants cannot receive the government benefit that is often called welfare, but is officially known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. They also cannot apply for healthcare or other benefits.
The federally and state funded program is designed to assist children, so a U.S. citizen child of a parent not legally here, can qualify for it. The same may be true for health care or other programs.
The “self-deportation” idea has raised questions in the past about how far officials will go to “dry up” any benefits. It can create problems when applied to mixed status families, particularly when parents are illegally in the country but children are not. (read more)