By Laura Ziegler
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Frustrated by the lack of federal immigration legislation, state lawmakers around the country are taking the problem into their own hands by writing their own laws. At the heart of many of those laws is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
He worked closely with Arizona to craft controversial illegal immigration legislation there and has been hired by at least half a dozen other states to either write or defend similar laws there.
In Kansas, Kobach worked with legislators to get an Arizona-style law passed. It failed, but the Secretary of State has vowed to try again in 2012.