Kansas Secretary of State, Muslim registry proponent, and potential Trump Cabinet pick Kris Kobach accidentally exposed a written Homeland Security plan in press photos.
The written plan was brought by Kobach to his meeting with the President-elect at the Trump National Golf Course in New Jersey. The document appears in a photo taken by an Associated Press photographer which shows Kobach shaking Trump’s hand while holding a binder and papers.
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The meeting between the two took place on Sunday. Kobach has been mentioned as a potential choice for a position within the administration, with some speculating that discussions have been centered around the secretary of Homeland Security. The written plan obviously has fanned the speculation.
In the photograph one page of the document is visible. It calls for updating and reintroducing the National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS). The program was implemented after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, but have been largely suspended since 2011.
The Kansas Secretary of State was one of the original architects of NSEERS, which was implemented under Attorney General John Ashcroft and President George Bush.
“All aliens from high risk areas are tracked,” the document reads. A bullet point says “Bar the Entry of Potential Terrorists.” It spells out a desire to question “high risk” immigrants over support for Sharia law and the U.S. Constitution, mentioned “extreme vetting questions.” The papers also suggest eliminating the Syrian refugee intake program.
Kobach is certainly not without his detractors. His positions on immigration are extreme right to say the least.
Micah Kubic, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas, said that the Kansas politician has a clear record of working to make voting more difficult, and life more difficult for immigrants. “All of that we find reprehensible, unconstitutional, illegal and un-American,” Kubic said.
Kobach and Trump met for just under an hour at the golf club. He has advised Trump on immigration throughout the campaign. A Trump transition team statement on the Sunday meeting said Trump and Kobach met “to discuss border security, international terrorism, and reforming federal bureaucracy.”