Wednesday, I drove to Lawrence to participate in a forum sponsored by the Student Union Activities group at KU. The topic was immigration; specifically, Arizona’s law on immigration that is often referred to as SB1070.
It was about as fair as one can expect in a liberal university setting, which means that the panel make-up and the questions were organized from a noticeably-but-not-too-over-the-top non-conservative viewpoint, and that at least we all had a chance to speak, there were plenty of opportunities for follow-up questions from students, and the overall conversation was very civil.
I genuinely appreciate the invite from the folks at KU’s student activities. I video-taped the event, and I’ll try to get some video up on the Web in the next few days.
Here is… kind of an article from the student newspaper The University Daily Kansan. No mention of my existence was made in the entire article. Only in the picture blurb. I didn’t even know the KU reporter was in the audience. I was the only voice in support of Arizona’s decision to enforce immigration laws, upon the effective decision by the federal government to NOT enforce immigration laws.
Here’s the opening paragraph to the article. Enjoy:
You are driving along a road near the southern borderlands of the United States. An Arizona police officer pulls you over and asks for identification – but you forgot your driver’s license. Under Arizona law SB 1070, if the officer has reason to believe you’re an illegal immigrant, you’re in big trouble. Some worry a similar law may soon come to Kansas.
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).