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Kris KobachKris Kobach (Staff file photo)
Protesters gathered outside Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's home in the Piper area of Kansas City, Kan., following the immigration town hall meeting Saturday, June 15, in Kansas City, Kan.
A video of the protest was posted by protesters online at https://vine.co/v/hBKVJXtH0g2.
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According to organizers of the protest, more than 300 persons visited Kobach's home and left around 20 pairs of shoes on his front steps to "symbolize fatherless families who've fallen victim to his policies." Kobach did not answer the door, according to the group.
Sulma Arias, executive director of the Sunflower Community Action group, said that it was a "very peaceful and deliberate message that we wanted delivered to Mr. Kobach, to let him know there were children and fathers who had been deported because of policies that he was promoting."
Kobach has been active in doing much of the writing of conservative immigration bills passed by several states, and currently, the immigration issue is under debate by Congress.
Arias said his house was the final place where the group felt it could go to talk to him. When the group contacted his state office in Topeka, they were not able to get a time to talk to him there because they were told he took care of immigration issues on his personal time, Arias said.
"He does the work of promoting draconian laws against immigrants on his personal time," she said. She believes the Arizona law on immigration and others like it are targeting people of brown color, she said.
She said the group was very peaceful, only knocked on the door, there was no answer, and then left after 10 or 15 minutes. "If he would only hear the stories of these children, he would change his mind and stop what he was doing," Arias said.
"We just don't think that the self-deportation laws that he promotes helps the discussion about what we need to fix," she said. "We think the only thing it has done so far is create havoc and a lot of hurt."
In an email today, Wyandotte County GOP chairman Mark Gilstrap stated that because of the protests, the GOP may be considering either canceling Kobach's appearance at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Frontier Steakhouse at the Wyandotte County GOP meeting or adding extra security at the meeting.