Kris Kobach, Kansas State Secretary and one of the creators of the Alabama and Arizona laws against undocumented immigrants, has come up with a new proposal for Kansas. His proposal states that undocumented immigrants would be able to remain in the state if they agree to work in jobs that are in need of workers such as agriculture and construction. The proposal is a five year program that would only allowed undocumented immigrants to work in Kansas if they agree to work under federal laws, learn English, and have not committed any felonies. The plan will first get a hearing from legislators to be approved. Other details have not been revealed.
As good as it sounds for the state of Kansas, the proposal raises some questions such as is the plan going to give undocumented immigrants the benefits that citizen workers get? Will it help undocumented immigrants or only enslave them to work for minimum wage as most undocumented immigrants do? Will undocumented immigrant have to pay taxes and other fees because of the working permit? And the most important question, will the Senate want or be willing to pass this kind of proposal? As we have seen last year they rejected a few proposals from states having to do with some sort of undocumented immigrant reform. We will have to wait to see if the government passes this new proposal as the elections approach and it becomes the main focus. I cannot help to feel like this is a sign that the states are realizing that undocumented immigrants play an important role in the working part of our country and benefit our economy as well. This new proposal will make a lot of “Americans” angry at Kansas for going sort of against other state’s anti-immigrant laws. To undocumented immigrants this is neither good or bad news because what we want is an immigration reform that states that we are citizens and have equal rights to all.