KANSAS CITY, Kan. — After organized protesters descended on his home Saturday, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach continued to push back, continuing his stance that the Sunflower Community Action group crossed the line by rallying on the property of his private home.
But Kobach says he did not issue any threats to the group, saying they are the ones using methods of intimidation and criminal threat.
“Kris Kobach, we know you can do it. We know you can stand with us,” a member of the Sunflower Community Action group said into a bullhorn while facing the crowd of protesters.
In a video posted online by the group, bus loads of people can be seen converging on Secretary Kobach’s Kansas City, Kansas home.
“We were pretty alarmed,” Kobach told FOX 4’s Macradee Aegerter.
Kobach says his neighbor called both him and the KCK police, describing the scene as crossing the line.
“You don’t do this at someone’s private home,” he said.
In a news release, the group says they just wanted to share their message of opposition to Kobach’s stance on immigration reform.
“We hope that our fathers will not be gone tomorrow,” the man with the Sunflower Community Action group continued in his speech to the crowd.
But Kobach says according to his neighbor, when the first officer arrived on scene, that officer did not get out of the squad car until backup arrived. He also says a bullhorn and a mob is not a invitation to meet.
“That’s not a meeting. That’s an attempt to create confrontation,” he said.
Now Kobach says he’s calling for a criminal investigation, saying the group possibly broke multiple laws.
“They seem to forget, or maybe they don’t comprehend, what the rule of law is and what our American system is based on,” he said.
In the video the group’s parting message was shoes left at Kobach’s front door representing the families left fatherless due to deportation. Kobach says he merely wants to enforce the law.
“You know by entering the country illegally, they’ve broken the law. And under federal law they are supposed to return home, so I haven’t taken anyone away,” he said.
Kobach says the shoes are now in the hands of the KCK police department, saying they are evidence of the potential crimes committed.
Kobach says he never threatened the group — he says his widely quoted comment about the right to bear arms was in response to a hypothetical question posed by a reporter.
The Kansas City, Kansas police department is investigating. The Sunflower Community Action Group refused comment.