Immigration

Nativist Iceman Loses His Cool, Uses Gun Threat Against “Illegal Aliens”


Jill Garvey • Jun 18, 2013

Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State and the country’s most famous nativist lawyer, has engaged in a highly volatile battle against immigrants for several years. Unlike some of his cohorts in the anti-immigrant movement, Kobach’s public persona has reliably remained cold and calculating. But when the reality of families torn apart by his anti-immigrant policies was brought home, literally, Kobach lost his cool.

“It’s important we recognize there’s a reason we have the Second Amendment. There are situations like this where you have a mob and you do need to be able to protect yourself.”

“The Second Amendment is the private property owner’s last resort.”

Those were Kobach’s alarming comments after a peaceful Sunday procession left a trail of shoes at his doorstep symbolizing parents separated from their children as a result of his draconian immigration policies. The crowd that gathered in front of Kobach’s home was made up of community activists and family members, including children, representing thousands of Kansans and others from across the country whose families have been shattered by Kobach’s aggressive attacks on immigrants. Kobach and his family were not home at the time of the demonstration.

Media outlets quickly picked up Kobach’s disturbing threats to shoot peaceful protesters should “one of those members of the mob had tried to break into the house.”

The Kansas City Star opined:

“…Kobach ought to be ready to accept the criticism that comes his way. He has reaped national publicity and monetary gains by working on immigration issues for years, basically being on the wrong side of history along the way. His attack on voting rights has been particularly anti-democratic. His constant references to “illegal aliens” — including his comment that some must have been in the protest on Saturday — are meant to antagonize people, not find a solution to America’s immigration issues.”

Over the past few years, Kansans have increasingly objected to the “extracurricular activities” of their Secretary of State. Opposition to Kobach has focused heavily on the obscene amount of time he spent outside the state campaigning for Mitt Romney, drafting and defending anti-immigrant measures in state and federal courts, launching myriad other lawsuits backed by the anti-immigrant movement, speaking before far-Right organizations, and pushing the national voter fraud/Voter ID bill agenda.

It was Kobach’s pivotal role in setting the GOP Platform just before the RNC that illustrated the Secretary of State’s hard-line beliefs. Kobach was at the forefront of convincing  the GOP and its presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, to adopt harsh anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric and to harden its stance on immigration laws. In the wake of the presidential election, though, some pundits blamed Romney’s anti-immigrant platform as one of the central reasons for his defeat. His hard-line immigration stance is fully traceable to Kobach and his cohorts at the Federation for American Immigration Reform and NumbersUSA. Some news sources speculated aloud that Romney’s connection to Kobach cost him the election.

Kobach’s call to arms is catching on. Raw Story posted this addition to its story: Update (3:30 p.m. ET): Fox News radio host Todd Starnes reported the rally by encouraging his followers on Twitter to “Lock and Load, America.”

It’s perfectly normal for Kobach to express dismay that a demonstration took place in front of his house. What’s not acceptable is to suggest that he would have the right to use deadly force in response. That type of rhetoric is irresponsible, dangerous and un-American.

 

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