President-elect Donald Trump pauses pose for photographs as he greets Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J.. () (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Kris Kobach reveals Homeland Security plans, including Muslim registry, extreme vetting and border wall, because he didn't cover his papers

After months of preaching the importance of privacy and security, Trump team already leaking transition plans


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Taylor Link
November 22, 2016 3:00AM (UTC)

Potential Donald Trump cabinet pick Kris Kobach accidentally leaked Department of Homeland Security plans when posing for a press photograph with the president-elect. Using photo editing tools, a zoomed-in view on the documents being carried by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach reveals a plan to put Trump's hard-line immigration platform into practice.

Kobach was an early backer of Trump and became an influential voice on immigration issues. Kobach apparently helped Trump conceive his border wall plan. Now Kobach is in line to get a cabinet position in Trump's administration, with a lot of people speculating he could be heading Homeland Security.

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A photo taken by the Associated Press on Monday appears to corroborate these rumors.

The Topeka Capital-Journal blew up the cover sheet visible in the photograph to find enumerated points relating to Homeland Security. The first header read, “Bar the Entry of Potential Terrorists.”

The document also called for updating and reintroducing the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, a program implemented after 9/11 that registered certain non-citizens in the country. That system was mostly abandoned in 2011. In an interview with Reuters after the election, Kobach suggested that he and other vocal anti-immigration activists might recommend reinstating such an immigration registry.

The document also contains a line that read: “All aliens from high-risk areas are tracked.” A point about "voter rolls" also made an appearance, and a point apparently relating to “high-risk” immigrants and Sharia law can also be read in part.

Kobach's failure to conceal confidential documents not only provides insight as to what Trump's transition team is thinking, it also gives fodder to Trump critics who suggest the president-elect's team cannot be trusted to handle sensitive government documents in a professional manner.

 

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