Anti-Immigrant Leader Kris Kobach Held in Contempt of Court for Violation of Voters’ Rights

Kris Kobach

Kris Kobach, Donald Trump’s leading immigration adviser during his presidential campaign, was held in contempt of court for violating the rights of Kansas voters. Kobach, the state’s Secretary of State drafted an unconstitutional law requiring that voters prove that they are citizens before being allowed to vote. when the law was overturned in 2016, Kobach was ordered to notify people who had tried to register to vote but who had been turned away that they were now allowed to vote. Kobach failed to do so.

Kris Kobach has long been an advocate of deporting immigrants for minor violations of law, yet Kobach violated the voting rights of 25,000 Americans. He has favored stern voting laws while claiming no racist intent to disenfranchise people of color, yet when directly ordered to notify such citizens of their right to vote, he refused to comply.

Judge Julie Robinson wrote that; “The Court is troubled by Defendant’s failure to take responsibility for violating this Court’s orders, and for failing to ensure compliance over an issue that he explicitly represented to the Court had been accomplished.”

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