Tensions flare as Koch promises to hold President Trump accountable

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach defended President Trump's executive order on travel Monday, saying it is not discriminatory.

Kobach, who has served as a Trump adviser, told the PBS NewsHour the claims that Trump is banning Muslims are "clearly false." Kobach said "atheists or Jews" from seven specified countries also are being stopped, even though the countries have majority-Muslim populations.

"It's a geographic ban.... in no way a religious ban," Kobach said. He added, "No one has a constitutional right to enter the United States."

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Wichita State University recommended Monday that students from seven countries stay in the U.S., until President Trump's executive orders on immigration and travel are sorted out.

As KAKE News first reported Sunday, an advisory was issued for about 40 WSU students from seven countries included in a temporary travel ban. President John Bardo said in a statement:

The United States, the state of Kansas and Wichita State University are all stronger because of those who have come from throughout the world to study, teach and work. We embrace the diversity that international students, faculty and staff bring to learning, innovation and entrepreneurship on our campus.

Intelligence, talent, work ethic and achievement recognize no borders. We want to be clear that international students are welcome at Wichita State and we're communicating our concerns to federal policymakers.

Wichita State University is committed to serving as a resource and support for all students, faculty and staff who need our help. Today our Office of International Education advised students from the seven countries affected by President Trump's order remain in the U.S. until immigration policy is clear.

Rest assured we will do everything we can to enable our students to continue their education and our faculty and staff to continue their important work. Affected students and WSU employees may contact the WSU Office of International Education for further information.

- John Bardo, Wichita State University President


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Conservative patriarch Charles Koch and his vast network is vowing to oppose President Donald Trump if and when he deviates from their dedication to "free and open societies."

This weekend alone, Koch raised concerns about whether the Republican president will adopt an "authoritarian" governing style. Koch's chief lieutenants condemned the nascent administration's plans to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure projects. And the Koch network's many donors lashed out at Trump's push to block immigration from several Muslim-majority countries.

Erick Brimen, one of 550 or so Koch donors, says: "It doesn't do any good for us to be positioned as hating whole classes of people."

The sentiment reflected a formal Koch network statement which said Trump's "travel ban is the wrong approach and will likely be counterproductive."

Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) released the following statement on President Trump’s executive order on immigration:

"I agree with President Trump that we need a major overhaul of our immigration system and a better vetting process for those entering our nation. One attack on our shores like those in Paris and Brussels is one too many. We have also seen too many crimes committed by illegal immigrants that should never have been in our country in the first place. However, we need to strike a balance that protects the rights of Americans and those permitted to enter the country legally. The president needs to work with Congress to ensure every aspect of a major policy change such as this is taken into consideration."

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