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KS Secretary of State Threatens to Shoot Peaceful Activists

Sunflower Community Action Executive Director Sulma Arias released the following statement in response to Secretary of State Kobach’s degrading statements about immigrants:

“ Kansas families – including children who were separated from their parent’s because of Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s policies -  prayed, rallied, and then peacefully gathered outside Sec. Kobach’s home to remind him that Kansans believe in keeping families together. Sec. Kobach has spent years promoting policies that do not represent Kansan values, hateful policies that force our families, friends, and neighbors to live in fear across Kansas and America. Nowhere is safe from his vicious policies of racial profiling and home raids, and our peaceful protests outside his home have now even led to violent physical threats. Enough.” 

“We demand an end to Sec. Kobach’s destructive policies and violent behavior. We urge Senator Moran to take immediate steps to distance himself and fix our broken immigration system by supporting and voting for comprehensive reform that puts family unity first and includes a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented Americans.  Only then will children like Carolina and Dora, who were present, not have to spend Father’s Day alone as a result of families torn apart.”

Monday afternoon, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told Fox News that the 2nd Amendment was essential in responding to events like the peaceful protest outside his home. “It’s important we recognize there’s a reason we have the Second Amendment,” Kobach told Fox News. Children as young as five were outside his home, which was unoccupied at the time of the event.

Kobach took to talk radio to make degrading statements about a group of 700 Kansans who converged in Kansas City to pray for and tell stories in support of common sense immigration reform. 300 members of the group travelled to Sec. Kobach’s house after the event to peacefully deliver a message to him that his policies dedicated to tearing immigrant families apart are out of the Kansas mainstream. Families and children whose fathers have been deported, including Caroline and Dora, were present to tell Mr. Kobach how his policies have hurt them directly, and they delivered single shoes of fathers torn apart from their children by Sec. Kobach’s policies.

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