Constitution Club shows positive, negative results

   As the Holton High School Constitution Club walked into the Kansas State University Alumni Center in Manhattan, KS they were prepared to compete for a $6,000 in scholarship money and to listen to speeches on Constitutional topics. Kris Kobach gave one that stuck out to many of the participants.

The students of Holton High who competed in this Constitution Bee had strong feelings about his speech.

“He for reasons unknown, mostly spoke about immigration. Many of the things he said were correct but he distorted them in a way that changed the entire message,” Ian McAsey, sophomore, said.

Kris Kobach, 48, is the Secretary of State of Kansas. He is currently serving as counsel with the Immigration Law Reform Institute and the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Kobach has litigated several lawsuits defending cities and states that discourage illegal immigration.

“I completely agree with him and stand by what he says. I recognize that those who seek the freedom to make a life for themselves have enriched this great country. However, millions of illegal immigrants are crossing our border without our knowledge and cause a clear threat to our national security. I support a secured border, ” Tel Wittmer, sophomore, said.

There has been a recent federal court ruling halting President Barak Obama’s unilateral action to shield 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation temporarily. The ruling sides with the 26 states suing the Obama administration; Kansas was among the 26 states’ in the lawsuit.

“Many of us felt that it was tacky to come to a competition and try to make a political statement,” Ian McAsey said.

Kobach authored a bill introduced in Kansas Senate declaring Obama’s executive order unconstitutional.

“After he had given his Keynote speech at the competition, Kris Kobach received a standing ovation and a roaring applause. There had to be a very small few in the crowd who disagreed with him and his statements. Under his policies, our state and country would be a far better place,” Tel Wittmer said.