Kris Kobach is being considered as one of the top candidates to head the Department of Homeland Security under Donald Trump’s administration. If appointed to this position, the secretary of state from Kansas will be the key person in enforcing the incoming president’s policies on immigration.
During the early stages of the presidential race, Kobach has been a stern supporter of Trump. Following the election of Trump, he has been invited to be a member of the president-elect’s transition team on immigration.
As secretary of state, Kobach has always been a proponent of immigration policies. He uses his background in constitutional law in serving as a counsel for the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s Immigration Law Reform Institute.
In fact, in 2001, he worked closely with the Department of Justice to enforce the visa screening project implemented by former President George W. Bush following the 9/11 attacks, according to The Hill.
Due to his background, Kobach has emerged as a frontrunner for the top position in the Department of Homeland Security. If he gets the job, then he will be the key person to lead Trump’s immigration-related policies including the construction of the border wall in Mexico, the deportation of immigrants, and even the controversial ban on Muslims in the U.S. If implemented, all of these will fall under the DHS’ counter-terrorism operations to ensure the safety of U.S. citizens.
Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation believes that Kobach will be able to do great things for the country if Trump chooses him to head the DHS. Through his knowledge on this pressing matter, Kobach will be able to implement solutions that will alleviate the dangers that come with the current immigration crisis.
“Kris Kobach would be a great candidate for DHS given his expertise on immigration issues,” he said. “He has an in-depth knowledge of federal government in dealing with the illegal immigration surge that has occurred as a direct result of Obama administration’s amnesty and non-enforcement policies.”