Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain blocked President-elect Donald J. Trump’s first pick for Secretary of Homeland Security Kris Kobach over Kobach’s opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens, according to a highly-placed source familiar with the transition process.
The source told GotNews that anti-immigration Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was Trump’s first pick for the head of the Department of Homeland Security, but that he eventually had to go with General John Kelly for the position because Graham and McCain swore to block Kobach’s confirmation in the Senate.
Graham and McCain reportedly blocked Kobach over his strict opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens.
President-elect Donald J. Trump has also privately said that endorsing John McCain for re-election in the Senate was his “biggest regret”, as GotNews exclusively reported earlier today. It’s unclear if McCain’s efforts to block Kobach factored into Trump’s assessment.
Although Kobach may not head the DHS, reports say he may yet join the Trump administration as President Trump’s “immigration czar.”
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