TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - An architect of state and local laws
cracking down on illegal immigration is a leading Republican
officeholder in Kansas, but business groups in his home state are
asking legislators to move in the opposite direction.
They're advocating a plan designed to give illegal immigrant
workers hard-to-fill jobs.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (KOH'-bahk), a former law
professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration
in Alabama and Arizona, criticized the new Kansas proposal Tuesday
as "amnesty." But it's expected to get a hearing from
Utah has a guest worker program, but it isn't set to start until
January 2013, and the idea has been proposed in several states.
In Kansas, it's likely to split Republicans in the
GOP-controlled Legislature and complicate the immigration debate.