- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is defending his participation in a conference organized by a group that’s been called “anti-immigrant.”

Kobach gave a presentation last week in Washington for The Social Contract Press, which the Southern Poverty Law Center considers an anti-immigrant hate group. The SPLC, which tracks hate groups, accuses The Social Contract Press of publishing race-baiting articles.

Kobach told The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1kagxQH) that criticism of the conference was “outrageous” in part because it included many minority presenters. Kobach also says opposing illegal immigration doesn’t mean an organization is anti-immigrant.

Kobach has championed Kansas’ strict voter registration law, which requires proof-of-citizenship documents.

The Social Contract Press is a publication of U.S. Inc., whose executive director, K.C. McAlpin, described the SPLC’s characterization of the group as “pretty ridiculous.”

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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