The Kansas primary is four weeks away and Republican candidates for governor are expressing their views on immigration.
“I am hardcore on border security. I fully support Trump’s efforts to limit chain migration to the immediate family,” said Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer.
Immigration issues have consumed national headlines for months. In Kansas, it’s an issue four Republican candidates for governor debated in Johnson County Thursday night.
“We need to seal the border. I am willing to send American troops, Kansas National Guard, to the border at the request of the President if he needs them. We’re happy to help build that wall because we believe security is important to us,” said Governor Jeff Colyer.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach criticized the governor’s administration for not taking a tougher stance on immigration.
“We are the sanctuary city of the Midwest. We’re the only state that does nothing to discourage illegal immigration, of course, we do give in-state tuition to illegal aliens which I have been fighting against for the past 14 years,” Kobach said.
Last legislative session, there was bill brought forward to repeal a state law granting in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants, but it never made its way out of committee.
According to the Kansas Board of Regents, 670 students statewide took advantage of the law last year.
“I don’t believe illegal aliens, people here illegally, should have any more rights than legal citizens of Kansas,” said evangelist Patrick Kucera.
Former state senator Jim Barnett said there needs to be a better immigration policy on the federal level in order for states to deal with it on the local level.
“We have failed at the federal level, so we’re left on the state level to figure out how to deal with all of the problems, so we will deal with those humanely,” Barnett said. “The issue of repealing the in-state tuition, I do not support.”
The Democratic gubernatorial candidates will face off in a debate next week.
The Kansas primary is Aug. 7, however in order to vote you need to be registered. The registration deadline for unaffiliated voters is Tuesday.