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Zoeller, senators at odds over immigration law

September 26, 2012
Johnsen said Zoeller’s column “was very convincing and correct in his view of his obligation to enforce the Constitution and not invariably defend state statutes that are unconstitutional.”

She said Kobach’s name on the brief signifies his involvement in issues that are aligned nationally. “I don’t see anything improper there, I think it’s just political,” Johnsen said. “I’m not sure it’s a good idea.”

I.U. McKinney School of Law professor and immigration clinic director Linda Kelly Hill said she’s dubious of the senators’ intentions and Kobach’s involvement.

“I don’t consider myself really politically savvy, but it just strikes me as a little odd that someone from another state in a state office is involved in signing off on or directly supporting legislators in other states in a lawsuit,” Kelly Hill said.

She noted that many parts of SEA 590 stand, including denial of in-state tuition to non-citizens and consideration of immigration status as a factor in setting bond.

“One really has to wonder what the point is of filing such a type of action,” Kelly Hill said. “There’s not going to be any practical impact; it’s entirely a political statement.”•
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