Kris Kobach on Trump's immigration transition team

Published: Nov. 9, 2016 at 5:45 PM CST
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A new President-elect. means new roles for Kansas politicians.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has advised Donald Trump on immigration for a while. Now, he's on Donald Trump's immigration transition team. The team helps transition President Barack Obama's policies to President-elect Donald Trump's policies.

"I'm a member of the immigration policy transition team and there's going to be a lot to do there in part because Mr. Trump and Mr. Obama are diametric opposites when it comes to immigration policy so there will be a lot of changes," Kobach said.

Kobach has supported Trump from the beginning. When asked, he said a border wall between the United States and Mexico is coming.

"There's no question the wall is going to get built. The only question is how quickly will it get done and who pays for it?" Kobach said.

That's just one of several issues the transition team will tackle along with figuring out how to reverse some of President Obama's immigration policies.

Kobach said he hasn't spoken with Trump personally since Tuesday's win, but he has been in contact with Trump's campaign staff.

He said though the job will take some of his time, it won't take him away from Kansas.

"The work I do with the transition team is just conference calls and email so it's actually people all over the country who are experts in immigration policy and immigration law just working together and talking on the phone," he said.

As for a future with the Trump administration, Kobach said he won't speculate and has no expectation for a full time job.

"I've got plenty to do here in Kansas," Kobach said.

There have also been rumors Trump could choose Governor Sam Brownback as his agriculture secretary. Brownback's spokeswoman said the governor is focused on governing Kansas right now.