The New York Times reported Monday night that former Kansas Secretary of State and immigration hawk Kris Kobach has a very specific list of needs the White House must agree to before he's willing to join the Trump administration as "immigration czar."
The post is one President Donald Trump has wanted to create for some time in order to coordinate his immigration policies across the executive branch.
Kobach has a background that seems perfect for a Trump immigration czar. Here are a few highlights:
- long record of being pro-Trump;
- helped create tough immigration enforcement laws in Arizona and Alabama;
- longtime anti-voter fraud crusader and advocate for voter ID laws (Trump tapped him to lead a commission on the topic after the president claimed the 2016 election was impacted by millions of illegal votes);
- challenged Kansas, Nebraska, and California laws granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrations;
- pushed for advancements in E-Verify (the federal worker verification program).
So it's no wonder he's among President Trump's top candidates for the job.
But this list of demands from Kobach is likely not pleasing people in the White House, and likely serve only to make his hiring less smooth.
Here's the full list, as printed by the Times:
1. Office in the West Wing.
2. Walk-in privileges with the president.
3. Assistant to the President rank - at highest pay level for WH senior staff.
4. Staff of 7 people (2 attorneys, 2 research analysts, 1 scheduler, 1 media person, 1 assistant).
5. POTUS sits down individually with Czar and the secretaries of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, Ag, Interior, and Commerce, and tells each of the Secretaries to follow the directives of the Czar without delay, subject to appeal to the President in cases of disagreement.
6. 24/7 access to either a DHS or DOD jet. Czar must be on the border every week.
7. Ability to spend weekends in KS with family on way from border back to DC, unless POTUS needs Czar elsewhere.
8. Security detail if deemed necessary after security review.
9. Serve as the face of Trump immigration policy - the principal spokesman on television and in the media.
10. Promise that by November 1, 2019, the president will nominate Kris Kobach to be DHS Secretary, unless Kobach wishes to continue in Czar position.
No word, yet, on whether the president has decided to acquiesce to Kobach's demands.