Well, this should end well!
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is often mentioned as a likely pick for Donald Trump’s cabinet, was photographed Monday before his meeting with Trump, with his written plan for Department of Homeland Security policy.
An Associated Press photographer captured a high-resolution photo of Trump and Kobach, who was holding a binder and a stack of papers in his left hand that appears to be his “strategic plan for [the] first 365 days” of his run atop DHS, should Trump tap him to lead the agency.
The first section of the partially obscured document highlights his plan to deny potential terrorists entry into the U.S. According to the document, Kobach wants to “[u]pdate and reintroduce” the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, which was in effect from 2002 to 2011 . “All aliens from high-risk areas are tracked,” his plan says.
Additional bullet points reveal how closely Kobach’s strategic plan aligns with the president-elect’s campaign rhetoric. The document suggests adding “extreme vetting questions for high-risk aliens.” Questions would include “support for Sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women [and] the United States Constitution,” the plan reads.
The document also outlines the reduction of Syrian refugee intake to zero; and references, in parts obscured by Kobach’s hand, the PATRIOT Act, voter registration, the removal of undocumented immigrants, and a border wall with Mexico.
Groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations have condemned the “inquisition-style” policies outlined in Kobach’s document, and several of his fellow lawmakers mocked him for seeking a high-security clearance position while unwittingly revealing his own confidential plans in a press photograph.