Kris Kobach is Lead Attorney in Lawsuit Against Obama Administration
(WASHINGTON)—Kris Kobach, an informal adviser to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is at it again, this time leading the charge to defeat the Obama administration’s policy on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, acting as the lead attorney in a lawsuit filed against the administration.
Kobach was a primary drafter of Arizona’s racist SB 1070, a bill that Romney has said should serve “as a model for the rest of the nation.” Kobach filed a federal lawsuit last week in Dallas on behalf of 10 immigration agents, in an attempt to undermine the historic step the Obama Administration announced in June to provide temporary relief to qualifying young people.
“Kris Kobach’s efforts to defeat Deferred Action, a policy that would allow DREAM students to work and live in the United States for up to two years without fear of deportation, is reprehensible,” said Irma Rivera, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). “His role as an informal adviser to Mitt Romney speaks volumes about Romney’s lack of commitment to Latinos in this country.”
“Deferred Action is the continuation of our fight to help all undocumented immigrants who have come to this country to achieve better lives for themselves and their families,” Rivera said. “Kobach’s efforts to defeat Deferred Action is nothing more than smokescreen to stop comprehensive immigration reform and continue to tear families apart.”
FIRM is a network of community-based immigrant advocacy organizations in 30 states.
The DREAM Act would provide a pathway to citizenship for youth like Michael who arrived in the United States with his parents at a young age. Without the DREAM Act, millions of youth like Michael will not be able to meaningfully contribute to our nation.
The DREAM Act enjoys strong support across party lines. In fact, 66% of voters support the DREAM Act. And according to a 2010 study by the UCLA North American Integration and Development Center, the total earnings of DREAM Act beneficiaries over the course of their working lives would be between $1.4 trillion and $3.6 trillion, all taxable income to support America’s sagging economy. The bottom line is that our nation benefits from retaining the skills and talent of these youth and the majority of Americans understand this. It just makes sense.
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Today, immigrant activists kicked off a week of action to push for the DREAM Act after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that it would be attached to a major defense bill. The DREAM Act would provide a pathway to citizenship for thousands of undocumented students. And, it would pave the way for more reform. Since the announcement, other legislative leaders have stepped up in support for passage of the DREAM Act along with President Obama.
Now, immigrant activists are ramping up pressure to the U.S. Senate to make sure the DREAM Act is passed.
Carlos Saavedra, United We DREAM Coalition – moderator
Angie Kelley, vice president for immigration policy and advocacy, Center for American Progress
Pramila Jayapal, founder and executive director, OneAmerica
Lindsay McCluskey, president of US Student Association
Yahaira Carrilo, The DREAM is coming
Tolu Olubumni, DREAM student
Felipe Matos, Trail of DREAMs