Sheriff Joe Arpaio Speaks Out About Racially Profiling Latinos- Stirs Outrage

Late last month, President Donald Trump issued up a pardon for controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of violating a court order tied to the racial profiling of latino immigrants. Arpaio, 85, was scheduled to be sentenced next month, but he can now scratch that item off of his to-do list thanks to Trump’s pardon. While Trump hinted he would be pardoning Arpaio, the decision still sparked some outrage and meltdowns.

However, it was somewhat muted in comparison to previous breakdowns over Trump decisions. That’s partially because Trump dropped his decision while the nation was riveted by the events of Hurricane Harvey. In any event, the White House never shied away from its decision, and the news cycle moved on to tend to more pressing matters.     

As the Huffington Post shares, Arpaio has opened up to share his side of the story in an interview with Univision. He’s long contended that he did nothing wrong in the first place, and he’s still singing the same notes.

“An apology for doing my job? That would never happen,” he said. “I think if I stood on a big tower and I screamed at everyone, at all Hispanics, and I said that I disagreed with all the deportations and said ‘I love you all,’ it wouldn’t make any difference.”

Arpaio has become a lightning rod for the immigration debate, but the reality is that most folks had never heard of him before Trump mentioned his name last year while he was out on the campaign trail. The sheriff came out in favor of Trump, and a closer examination of his time as sheriff revealed that there were rumblings that he used controversial tactics.  

“By the way, I’m not a Dreamer. My mother and father came here legally from Italy. I’m a U.S. citizen, proud to be a citizen of the United States,” Arpaio said. “My whole life was dedicated to defending my country. So I think [Trump] knows what he’s doing. I back him up on that. I back him up on anything he does, OK?”

Last November, Arpaio was defeated in his reelection bid. The prevailing narrative suggests that he was incredibly unpopular to begin with, but that doesn’t jibe with the fact that he had already served for 23 years on the job. He touched briefly on his popularity during the interview.   

“I don’t really think they hate me when you get right down to it. I get threats. But I don’t get the threats from the Hispanics,” he added.  

Presidential pardons are always a controversial topic, and there has yet to be one that has gone through without criticism being leveled against the commander-in-chief. Whether that’s warranted or not depends on the situation, but reaction tends to fall along party lines - as does just about everything else these days.

Those that are vehemently opposed to Arpaio can take solace in the fact that he no longer serves as sheriff. Those in favor of him can rest easy and know he will enjoy his twilight years without the possibility of sentencing looming over his head. While that may not be a perfect solution, it’s the best we’ve got at the moment, and arguing about it will do nothing to change it.    

Source: The Huffington Post
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