OVERLAND PARK — An Arizona sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration has told a group of nearly 2,000 Kansas Republicans that his state needs its new immigration law because the federal government isn't doing its job.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke Tuesday night at a rally in suburban Kansas City for Kansas secretary of state candidate Kris Kobach.
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 says the law will allow his state to protect its residents.
Several hundreds protesters lined the sidewalk outside the rally. They say the law will lead to racial profiling.
During the rally, police said they had found a suspicious package nearby. The rally continued and police did not evacuate the convention center. But after the event ended, several hundred people had to wait while authorities continued to investigate.