University of Kansas

Kobach aims to drive out migrants living in Kansas illegally

Kris Kobach highlights his national reputation as an immigration crusader in running for Kansas governor by promising voters that if he's elected he'll work to drive out illegal immigrants to halt what he says is the $377 million in benefits provided to them by the state each year.

The conservative Republican's plans echo President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigration — an agenda Kobach has helped to shape. The president has endorsed Kobach , the Kansas secretary of state, who won a narrow primary victory over the state's GOP governor.

Plenty of immigration policy analysts suggest Kobach's push could harm the state's economy, but they start by questioning the dollar...