Photograph may reveal Trump adviser’s hard line immigration plan

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP/WIVB) – A Kansas politician acting as an immigration adviser to President-elect Donald Trump may have tipped his hand Monday.

Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and a possible candidate for a position in Trump’s administration, was photographed carrying a document titled “Department of Homeland Security Kobach Strategic Plan for First 365 Days.”

The top suggestion on the document was to “update and reintroduce” the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System for all foreigners from “high-risk” areas.

The post-9/11 effort, which ultimately included the registration of more than 80,000 foreigners, was widely derided by civil rights groups who said it profiled foreigners based on their race and religion.

The Obama administration formally abandoned the system in April 2011, saying a newer data collection program would be sufficient to collect biometric information for all foreigners coming into the country.

Kobach’s plan also proposes adding “extreme vetting questions for high-risk” foreigners coming into the U.S. Those would include questions about a would-be visitor’s “support for Sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women, the United States constitution.”

The Kansan’s list also included ending the flow of Syrian refugees into the United States. As a candidate, Trump proposed a temporary ban on all Muslims coming into the country.

Several other suggestions for DHS were obscured in the photo, taken as Kobach was greeted by Trump.

Immigration was a top issue for Trump in his campaign to win the White House. He has yet to provide specific details about his plans to carry out campaign promises on immigration but last week announced his intention to nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions to lead the Justice Department.

Sessions, like Kobach, has helped Trump craft his stance on immigration and is also a hard liner on the issue. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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