Here’s $100 bet that Kris Kobach is wrong on immigration travel ban

Kris Kobach

Kris Kobach

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach thinks courts will eventually uphold Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban. Kobach says he’s willing to put money on it. So am I. How about $100, Kris?

Kobach appeared this week on a debate about Trump’s first 100 days in office. It was sponsored by Intelligence Squared, a nonprofit organization, in New York.

During the debate, other panelists criticized Trump’s immigration executive order from January, which looked like a Muslim travel ban. Courts blocked it — as well as a revised one in March — from going into effect.

Kobach defended Trump during the debate:

“Regardless of whether you’re looking at the original executive order or the subsequent executive order, as someone who litigates in the field of immigration law, I guarantee, and I will bet whatever amount of money you want, that when the appeals are done, the travel ban that is currently being litigated will be upheld in court. I guarantee it.”

For me, “whatever amount of money you want” is $100.

Specifically, I’ll pledge to contribute $100 to the nonprofit of Kobach’s choice if the court ruling after all appeals are done upholds one of Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

If Kobach is a man of his word, accepts the bet but the travel ban eventually loses in court, his $100 contribution would go to the nonprofit of my choice, Planned Parenthood.

Kobach previously has defended both of Trump’s executive orders on immigration. Trump thinks the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the idea behind the ban.

What about it, Kris Kobach? Will you put your money where your big mouth is on immigration?