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Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state who's been tapped to join Donald Trump's immigration policy transition team, probably didn't intend for the world to see details of his plan to bar terrorists and Syrian refugees when he brought it to a meeting Monday.
But that's what happened when he posed for a photo with President-elect Donald Trump outside of Trump International Golf Club in New Jersey. The document was in full unobstructed view, as Kobach apparently wasn't thinking about the power of a zoom lens. The clearest part reads:
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY KOBACH STRATEGIC PLAN FOR FIRST 365 DAYS
Bar entry of Potential Terrorists
- Update and reintroduce the NSEERs screening and tracking system (National Entry-Exit Registration System) that was in place from 2002-2005. All aliens from high-risk areas are tracked.
- Add extreme vetting questions for high-risk aliens; question them regarding support for Sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women, the United States Constitution.
- Reduce intake of Syrian refugees to zero, using authority under the 1980 Refugee Act.
Record Number of Criminal Aliens in the First Year
Those details aren't exactly new. Trump has made it clear that he intends to deport 2 million to 3 million immigrants in the country illegally who fall under his definition of "criminal." And Kobach, who is behind several controversial immigration laws and was the architect behind the NSEERs system, has said previously that he will help Trump reverse President Obama's immigration policies.
The Obama administration has set a second-term priority to deport migrants with criminal convictions. Since taking office, Obama has expelled more people than any other president in American history.
Less legible on Kobach's document, but still visible, are mentions of its definition of "criminal alien" ("any alien arrested for any crime, and any gang member"); the phrase "386 miles of existing actual wall"; the Patriot Act; and "Draft Amendment to National Voter ...." It's possible this line refers to the National Voter Registration Act.
Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley criticized Kobach.
“That’s the height of irony if he’s wanting a job in Homeland Security and you’re able to see in a photograph what should be confidential information,” Hensley said.