Connie O’Brien, Kansas lawmaker, is sorry for her ability to spot an illegal

Kansas state Rep. Connie O’Brien (R-Tonganoxie) has really good eyesight. Like, so good, she can eyeball a person’s immigration status from across the room. It’s a neat party trick, but you probably shouldn’t trot it out during debate over repealing a state law that allows the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates. Because then you just look racist.

O’Brien recently told the House Federal and State Affairs Committee a story that she thought would bolster the position of those trying to repeal the bill. She recalled watching a Kansas City Community College student attempt to get financial aid without the identification she needed to do so. O’Brien said it was an example of an illegal trying to get aid. But how did she know this? By her skin color, that’s how!

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