Homeland Security Candidate Accidentally Leaks His Plan

Kris Kobach's ideas include 'extreme vetting'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2016 12:01 AM CST
Homeland Security Candidate Accidentally Leaks His Plan
President-elect Donald Trump greets Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse on Sunday in Bedminster, NJ.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Potential Homeland Security chief Kris Kobach has a thing to learn about keeping his own documents secure: The Kansas secretary of state was photographed with his "Department of Homeland Security Kobach Strategic Plan for First 365 Days" clearly visible before a meeting with Donald Trump on Sunday, the AP reports. The parts of the plan that were visible included a revival of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or NSEERS, for people from high-risk nations, which he helped create in 2002. "All aliens from high-risk areas are tracked," states his hard-line plan, which also includes "extreme vetting questions for high-risk aliens" on subjects like Sharia. His plan also calls for the US to stop accepting Syrian refugees.

The visible parts of the plan suggest that Kobach's vision for Homeland Security matches Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric, including a "rapid build" of the border wall, Politico reports. Kobach has been advising Trump on issues like immigration, and the transition team says they met Sunday "to discuss border security, international terrorism, and reforming federal bureaucracy," the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. It's not clear whether his carelessness with his documents will affect his chances of heading Homeland Security. "That's the height of irony if he's wanting a job in Homeland Security and you're able to see in a photograph what should be confidential information," says Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley. (Trump has told the British that he thinks Nigel Farage would be a great ambassador to the US.)

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