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Divided Opinions Dominate Immigration Talks

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A new Kansas statute requires proof of citizenship before voting in an election for the first time. The controversial legislation has many people divided. 

This hour, Kris Kobach, known for his influence on immigration law, and author Alvaro Vargas Llosa join Steve Kraske to discuss policy and reform. 

Kris Kobach is the Secretary of State for Kansas. Prior to his election as Secretary of State, Kobach was a professor of constitutional law at the University of Missouri–Kansas City from 1996 to 2011. In 2001, he was awarded a White House Fellowship, which took him to Washington, D.C., to work for the Bush Administration in the personal office of United States Attorney General John Ashcroft. Kobach served as the Attorney General's chief advisor on immigration law and border security. Kobach is known for his role as co-author of Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law. He has been a frequent legal commentator on The O'Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends.   Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Global Crossings, is a senior fellow of The Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute, who has been a nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group. He was appointed Young Global Leader 2007 by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Vargas Llosa is a native of Peru and received his B.Sc. in international history and an M. A. from the London School of Economics. He has been a member of Board of the Miami Herald Publishing Company and op-ed page editor and columnist at the Miami Herald, and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC World Service, Time Magazine, Granta magazine, El País, the International Herald Tribune, and other media outlets.       

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.