Immigration Rally with Sheriff Joe Arpaio Evacuated After Bomb Threat
A bomb threat shut down a rally tonight with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Kris Kobach, the author of the Arizona immigration bill.
A rally featuring an Arizona sheriff and Kansas Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach was evacuated after a suspicious package was found on the scene, according to emergency radio traffic.
Nearly 2,000 Kansas Republicans gathered in Overland Park to hear Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday night before the package was found around 8 p.m.
Authorities secured the package on scene around 9:15 p.m., according to emergency radio traffic. Several area streets were shut down during the investigation.
Kobach helped write the Arizona law that directs officers to question people who have been stopped for another crime about their immigration status if there’s a reasonable suspicion they’re in the U.S. illegally.
Arpaio is known for his tough stance on illegal immigration. During the rally he told the crowd that Arizona needs its new immigration law because the federal government isn’t doing its job.
Kobach’s address was briefly interrupted when authorities announced the discovery of the suspicious package. Arpaio and Kobach urged people to leave if they wanted to but most of the crowd stayed to listen.