Leigh Ann Caldwell, NBC News, November 11, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump is assembling some of the most conservative opponents to illegal immigration for his transition into the White House.
Kris Kobach, Kansas’ Secretary of State, who is a champion of tough anti-illegal immigration laws and ideas, has been hired for Trump’s transition team.
Kobach was the architect of Arizona’s SB 1070 law which allows law enforcement to ask people to prove their immigration status when there is “reasonable suspicion” that they might not be in the country legally. He also coined the idea of “self-deportation,” which would make immigration laws so stringent that it would encourage people to leave the country.
As for the wall along the southern border, Kobach said it will get built, “no question.”
According to a document obtained by the New York Times, leading Trump’s “Immigration Reform & Building the Wall” component of his transition is Danielle Cutrona.
She is Sen. Jeff Sessions’ counsel on the Judiciary Committee. Sessions has long opposed illegal–and many forms of legal–immigration. During the campaign, Trump adopted many of Sessions’ policy positions, including ending federal funding for sanctuary cities and ending “catch-and-release.”
Trump made immigration central to his candidacy, and after a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill Thursday, he said immigration was his top priority.