‘KKK-Type of Intimidation’: Kansas Sec. of State Targeted by Mob Asking Prosecutors to Consider Using ‘Klan Laws’

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) compared the tactics used by hundreds of protesters who marched on his home over the weekend to “KKK-type of intimidation” on the Glenn Beck radio program Tuesday.

Targeted for his work on combating illegal immigration, Kobach has certainly faced opposition in the past, but it has always been in public locations.  Now, he says, “the left has crossed a line” by surrounding his home.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 22, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform. (Photo: AP)

Kobach said he is asking prosecutors to look into how the mob may have violated civil rights laws, explaining: “They’re called the Klan Laws…a set of laws that say you cannot intimidate an official by trespassing on his property threatening violence, [and] you cannot intimidate an individual by threatening violence so that they don’t vote or don’t exercise their civil rights.”

After Beck noted that Martin Luther King, Jr. faced similar intimidation tactics, Kobach agreed: “This is exactly — they’re just not wearing white cloaks — but this is exactly KKK-type of intimidation.”

The secretary of state proceeded to describe what he has learned about the protesters, organized by a group called “Sunflower Community Action.”  He said the group rose to prominence around the time ACORN shut down, has “lots of money,” and at least one full-time, paid community organizer.

And what’s unique about this protest, he noted, is that it seems to have been designed specifically to intimidate him. It wasn’t staged in a public place, where there would be guaranteed press.  It happened in a suburban neighborhood where he and his family would have been isolated (though thankfully they were out of town at the time).

(Photo: Flickr/National People's Action (NPA))
(Photo: Flickr/National People’s Action (NPA))
(Photo: Flickr/National People’s Action (NPA))

Kobach noted that a police officer did arrive at the beginning of the protest, but was so overwhelmed by the mob he couldn’t even get out of his car.

“A police officer thinks it’s too dangerous outside standing with this mob — what about the homeowner?” Kobach asked.

He continued: “Let’s think about what the…brazenness of what the members of this mob are doing. The ones who are illegal aliens — they’re already saying let’s break the law and enter the United States illegally. Then let’s trespass on this elected official’s property, and there are a number of other state crimes…that could also apply.  And then let’s demand amnesty…!”

At this point, Kobach said he is proceeding “full-steam ahead” in his work to combat illegal immigration, though he will be forced to “beef up” security for his family.

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