Romney Adviser Is Leading the Charge to Defeat Deferred Action

Kris Kobach is Lead Attorney in Lawsuit Against Obama Administration (WASHINGTON)—Kris Kobach, an informal adviser to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is at it again, this time leading the charge to defeat the Obama administration’s policy on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, acting as the lead attorney in a lawsuit filed against the administration.

Kobach was a primary drafter of Arizona’s racist SB 1070, a bill that Romney has said should serve “as a model for the rest of the nation.” Kobach filed a federal lawsuit last week in Dallas on behalf of 10 immigration agents, in an attempt to undermine the historic step the Obama Administration announced in June to provide temporary relief to qualifying young people.

“Kris Kobach’s efforts to defeat Deferred Action, a policy that would allow DREAM students to work and live in the United States for up to two years without fear of deportation, is reprehensible,” said Irma Rivera, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). “His role as an informal adviser to Mitt Romney speaks volumes about Romney’s lack of commitment to Latinos in this country.”

“Deferred Action is the continuation of our fight to help all undocumented immigrants who have come to this country to achieve better lives for themselves and their families,” Rivera said. “Kobach’s efforts to defeat Deferred Action is nothing more than smokescreen to stop comprehensive immigration reform and continue to tear families apart.”

FIRM is a network of community-based immigrant advocacy organizations in 30 states.

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 Contact: Donna De La Cruz, (202) 339-9331