Native American Woman Legislator Reminds Anti-Immigrant Politician He Was An “Illegal” Immigrant, TooWednesday, March 20th, 2013
In August 2011, the National Tequila Party Movement (woman led counter-movement to the extreme Tea Party Movement)
hosted a Kansas Latin Get Out the Vote with the help of immigration reform community leaders who want to protect children and students via the DREAM Act. Rep. Ponka-We helped the Tequila Party register brand new Latino voters.
Rep Ponka-We Victors is a Native American serving in the Kansas state legislature. She is a sister to Mexican-Americans for life due to her continued support for legal immigration reform. This dynamic woman puts her money where her mouth is and knows immigrants help the farming and agricultural industry. She believes all [wo]men are created equal. (I would like to see this woman run for Governor some day).
For those of you who may not know who Kris Kobach is — he is the author of Arizona’s Draconian SB1070 law. He has helped suppress voting rights for the elderly, the disabled and minorities. We were glad to see Ponka-We Victors courage and compassion for children and students rise to the occasion today when she put Kobach in his place.
More importantly, Kris Kobach has hurt the business and agricultural community in Kansas with his restrictionist and protectionist views with regard to our economy. Kobach is putting the agricultural and business community in a pickle that reminds us of the Dixiecrats of yore.
A coalition of business groups will propose Kansas start a new program to help some illegal immigrants remain in the state so they can hold down jobs in agriculture and other industries with labor shortages, coalition representatives disclosed Tuesday.
Kris Kobach’s views are affecting large Kansas dairies and feedlots, too.
Rodman has met several times with officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about launching a pilot program that would place employers and illegal immigrants in a special state-organized network. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the goal is to create a legal, straightforward manner of organizing existing immigrant labor.
Here is what Ponka-We Victors communicated to Kobach.
From CJ Online:
The Legislature’s annual attempt to repeal a statute allowing in-state tuition for Kansas students without legal residency drew an emotional crowd to a House committee Wednesday.
Students who have lived in the United States most of their lives got choked up as they described the academic lifeline in-state tuition has provided to improve their lives. A counselor who works with such students in Wichita high schools shed tears as she showed legislators a scrapbook of success stories. Murmurs of unrest were heard in the gallery as one House member asked about the prevalence of illegal immigrants from gangs and drug cartels in American prisons.
But nothing drew a bigger reaction than when Rep. Ponka We-Victors, D-Wichita, wrapped up a series of questions to the bill’s chief proponent, Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
“I think it’s funny Mr. Kobach, because when you mention illegal immigrant, I think of all of you,” said Victors, the Legislature’s lone American Indian member.
The heavily pro-immigrant gallery burst into cheers and applause — a rare reaction in normally staid hearings.
Way to go, Rep. Ponka-We Victors! For reminding people the basics of American history.