Court Crusader Against Illegal Immigration

There’s a fair, even-handed profile in the Times today of Kris Kobach, the law professor who’s taken the lead role in legal advocacy for local communities seeking to implement their own immigration-related ordinances. (See his CIS report). My only quibble with the article is the headline writer’s description that “a lawyer uses the legal system to try to bring policy change,” based on the reporter’s observation that Kobach’s activism represents his “re-thinking the conservative tenet that the courts should not be a forum for policy change.” It’s the Left that uses the courts that way, seeking to overturn laws duly enacted by the elected representatives of the people. Kobach’s fight is precisely the opposite, and precisely what conservatives have been doing for years — defending laws passed by communities against legal assaults from the Left.
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