Daily Archives: Dec. 24, 2012

Kobach: Illegal immigration is ‘ultimate unfunded mandate’

It doesn’t sound like the results of the 2012 presidential election will deter Kris Kobach from his mission to fight illegal immigration at the state and local levels. Characterizing illegal immigration as “the ultimate unfunded mandate,” the Kansas secretary of state told NPR: “If state and local government can add their shoulders to the wheel and help to increase the total amount of enforcement, that will change the cost-benefit analysis of your typical illegal alien who says, ‘You know what, it’s getting harder for me to work illegally in the United States. It’s getting harder for me to get these public benefits, and I’m going to go home.’”

Free journalist for Christmas

The parents of journalist Austin Tice (in photo), who was captured in Syria four months ago, wrote an open letter to his captors asking that he be released. “Let Austin come home for Christmas. Let us hug him, laugh and cry with him, love him in person. Let us be a whole family again,” they wrote. Anders Gyllenhaal, vice president for news at McClatchy Newspapers (The Eagle’s parent company), also wrote about why reporting from conflict zones is vital and why Tice should be released. Read both at Kansas.com/opinion.