Kris Kobach, Kansas’ secretary of state, was out of town last Saturday when some 200 immigration activists — many of them apparently illegally in the US — were bused from Kansas City to his home in the suburbs to protest his stand on illegal immigration.
At least 200 members of Sunflower Community Action were bused into Kobach’s Kansas City-area neighborhood on Saturday – to protest his staunch anti-illegal alien views.
“I was just appalled,” Kobach told Fox News. “They have a right to protect at my office or at public places – that’s fine. But they don’t have a right to enter someone’s private property and engage in this kind of intimidation.”
“I have four little girls and they would have been terrified to see 200 protesters shouting at their daddy on megaphones on the front lawn,” he said.
The secretary of state said a large number of the protesters were believed to be illegal aliens. They can be seen on video chanting in Spanish, standing on Kobach’s porch, front yard and driveway and demanding that he come outside.
“Kris Kobach, come on out,” one unidentified protester shouted. “We’ll show you what Kansans are all about.”
Kobach and his family happened to be out-of-town when the demonstrators arrived. Video showed the protesters arriving in four buses – and then marching through the neighborhood. They left behind 20 pairs of shoes at his doorstep – representing illegals who’ve been deported.
Kobach has built a national profile presenting tough policies on illegal immigration issues. He and his family apparently weren’t home during the protest at his home.
“You don’t go to a public official’s home and try to intimidate him because of the positions he’s taken,” he said.
A receptionist at Sunflower Community Action told Fox News they would be releasing a statement to the press later today.
Kobach said he was especially troubled to learn that it took police at least 15 minutes to respond to his house.
“You have a mob of 200 people gathering on someone’s property and it takes the police 15 minutes to get there,” he said. “That doesn’t give you a whole lot of confidence either. I shudder to think what would have happened if one of those members of the mob had tried to break into the house.”
He also feared what would have happened had he been home with his wife and four young daughters.
“On a typical Saturday, my four girls would have been riding their bikes and coloring chalk in the driveway,” he said. “That’s where they play. If four buses pulled up and the mob started marching down upon them, they would have been absolutely terrified.”
Not exactly an advertisement for immigration reform.
It’s appalling, of course. We’ve seen these egregious invasions of the private space of politicians, judges, prosecutors, and other public officials many times in recent years. It is incorrect to call this “direct action” or a “protest.” These people aren’t protesting anything. They have one goal and one goal only — to intimidate their political opponents into changing their minds or quitting. These are the tactics of the Chavistas in Venezuela, the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, or, if you prefer a home-grown variant, the Klu Klux Klan in America.
If these jokers want citizenship, perhaps they should be taught the right way to demonstrate before they take an oath to uphold the Constitution.
And if any of them are citizens, shame on them.