Access to a government jet 24 hours a day. An office in the West Wing, plus guaranteed weekends off for family time. November 19th, 2009, at the White House if he is to become the administration's "immigration".
Those were among a list of 10 conditions that Kris Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state czar, "a job President Trump has been looking to create coordinate immigration policy across government agencies. The list was described by three people familiar with it
Mr. Kobach, who once served as an adviser to the hard-line immigration Sheriff Joe Arpaio and helped write a Arizona law requiring locals to verify the citizenship of anyone they had "reasonable suspicion to was an unauthorized immigrant" be the main television spokesman for the Trump administration on immigration policy. And he said he wanted to guarantee that cabinet secretaries whose portfolios related to immigration would defer to him, with the president mediating disputes if need be.
He would need access to the jet, he said , for weekly visits to the border and travel back to Kansas on the weekends. The existence of the list has become known among officials in the Trump administration, some of whom were taken aback by what they regard as their presumptuousness.
A White House spokesman declined to comment on the list. Mr. Kobach did not respond to emails and text messages seeking comment
Mr. Kobach, a graduate of Harvard, Oxford and Yale Law School, served as Kansas's secretary of state from 2011 until January. While in that job, he was picked by Mr. The commission was disbanded in 2018, with one expert on election law, Richard L. Hasen, describing its chairman as " a leader nationally making irresponsible claims that fraud is a major problem in this country. ”
The same year, Mr. Kobach, a chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, also ran for governor, losing to Democrat, Laura Kelly. He lost a race for the House in 2004.
The list underscores the clout Mr. Kobach hopes to have a job that would not require Senate confirmation, but could drive Mr. Trump's immigration agenda. One of his main objectives was to minimize the influence of cabinet officials, who have been times targets of Mr. Trump's ire, or have jostled for his ear.
After Kirstjen Nielsen, the former homeland security secretary, resigned in April, Mr. Trump with with Mr. Kobach about the possibility of succeeding here. Mr. Kobach, according to people familiar with the meeting, brought with him a detailed and plan to crack down on asylum seekers entering the country. He told Mr. Trump that the only way for him to complete the mission was to be able to fly down to the border at a moment's notice.
At the time, Mr. Trump was convinced that Mr. Kobach would have a hard time winning Senate confirmation for the position, and the two discussed the possible creation of an immigration czar. Mr. Trump has also been considering others for the role, including Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the former Virginia attorney general.
He has yet to make a decision. And Mr. Kobach is also running the Kansas Senate seat being vacated by Pat Roberts, a Republican. National Republicans, concerned about his hard-line positions, are hoping to keep him from winning the party's nomination if he runs.