Tribal leaders meeting with Bernie Sanders prior to the rally in Lawrence, KS. Left to right, Iowa Tribe Chair, Prairie Band Potawatomi Chair, Sac and Fox Chair, KS State Rep Ponka-We Victors, Kickapoo Tribal Chair.
A Native American politician served Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach a dose of historical perspective on illegal immigration Wednesday.
Kobach, a prominent immigration hardliner and one of the minds behind Arizona’s SB 1070, appeared before the Kansas legislature to push a law that would disqualify undocumented immigrants from paying in-state student tuition rates at public universities.
But State Rep. Ponka-We Victors (D-Wichita), a member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma and the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, turned the tables on Kobach as she questioned him about the bill.
“I think it’s funny Mr. Kobach, because when you mention illegal immigrant, I think of all of you,” said Victors, drawing cheers from the crowd, according to the Capitol Journal.