Kan. Secretary of State Kris Kobach endorses Trump

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is officially backing Donald Trump.

Kobach said in a news release on Monday that Trump's views on immigration were among the strongest factors leading to his endorsement.

"I am pleased to announce my support for Mr. Trump," Kobach said in the release. "For me, the most important issue in the Republican presidential contest is immigration and its effect on our national security. On that issue Mr. Trump stands head and shoulders above the other candidates. He has made it clear that ramping up the enforcement of our immigration laws will be his top priority. And he has forcefully rejected the notion of giving amnesty to illegal aliens living in the United States."

Kobach, known throughout his political career for drawing a hard line on immigration, cited a provision within the PATRIOT Act the U.S. can use as leverage to ensure that Trump's wall not only will be built, but that Mexico will pay for it, as Trump has repeatedly declared.

“We have the ability to shut down the flow of remittances to Mexico from illegal aliens working in the United States,” he said. “Mexico will then have to make a choice: Either make a single payment of $5 billion to $10 billion to the United States to pay for the wall, or lose most of the $23 billion in remittances that Mexico receives every year from its nationals working illegally in the United States.”

Before he was elected Sec. of State in 2010, the former law professor grew to national prominence helping cities draft stricter immigration laws.