Immigration protesters marched on the home of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Saturday, leaving behind a pile of shoes “of the fathers he’s deported.”
Kansas nonprofit Sunflower Community Action said it had 300 activists in front of Kobach’s home, whom they branded the “King of Hate” on Twitter. Kobach was an architect of Arizona’s tough immigration law.
“Every time immigration is tied with Kansas, people automatically think of Kris Kobach, who has made a name for himself and a living off of pushing for self-deportation laws at the national level,” Sulma Arias, executive director of Sunflower Community Action, told the Kansas City Star. “We want the country to know that our values as Kansans move us to common-sense reform with a path to citizenship. Kobach does not represent Kansas values.”
Video posted online showed protesters standing outside the home chanting “Si se puede!” Members of the crowd then filed up to the porch and lined up the shoes.
“This is secretary of state of Kansas Kris Kobach’s house,” a man behind the camera narrates. “We found out where he lived and we came to visit him. We’ve left these shoes here so that maybe Mr. Kobach can try to fill them. These are the shoes of the fathers that he’s deported — that have been deported by his laws that he’s lobbied for and passed. Kobach separates families.”
Sunflower Community Action bills itself as “brown and black and white,” “young and old,” “recent immigrants and families who have lived in Kansas for generations.”
The group’s “guiding principles” include the belief that “everyone should have human rights, including food, shelter, medical care, education, and a job”; that “the common good is more important than privilege for a few”; and “together ordinary people can overcome financial oppression and racial discrimination if our action is strategic and persistent.”
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