Report: Kris Kobach sent residents' names to ICE while running for governor

Amy Webb
September 15, 2019 - 4:31 pm

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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach sent the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency a list of Nebraskan residents he thought might be illegal immigrants while he was running for Kansas governor in 2017.

According to The Kansas City Star, Kobach contacted acting ICE head Tom Homan to “verify the immigration status" of 289 people on a list he had compiled.

In 2010, he helped write an ordinance for Fremont, Nebraska that said landlords could not rent to illegal immigrants. Under the ordinance, renters had to show proof to landlords that they were, in fact, U.S. Citizens. The courts determined that the ordinance was unenforceable, because the information on the license didn’t say whether or not the renters were in the country legally. However, because the ordinance indicated that information on the license could be shared with ICE, Kobach indicated it could be used to find people in the U.S. illegally.

Homan cautioned against drawing any conclusions about an individual’s immigration status based on an occupancy license and, ultimately, did not act on Kobach's list.

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