WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH/KANSAS CITY STAR) Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach sent the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency a list of Nebraskan residents he suspected of being undocumented immigrants while he was running for Kansas governor in 2017.
The Kansas City Star reported on Sunday that Kobach contacted the acting ICE acting 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 prohibited landlords from renting to undocumented immigrants. Under the ordinance, renters must submit occupancy licenses to landlords that indicate whether or not the renters are U.S. citizens. Though the courts determined that the ordinance was constitutional, it was still unenforceable because the information on the license doesn’t indicate whether or not the renter is residing in the country legally.
“The Fremont ordinance permits the city to share any information on the alien’s application with ICE for ICE’s own purposes,” Kobach reportedly wrote to Homan in an email. “So if your agents want to use that information for ICE enforcement operations, the ordinance contemplates that.”
The Star reports Homan cautioned Kobach against drawing any conclusions about an individual’s immigration status based on an occupancy license.
The ordinance went fully into effect in 2014, but has been thought unenforceable, even though Kobach’s 2017 email to ICE shows he didn’t see it that way.
The Star reports that ICE ultimately did not act on Kobach’s list.
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