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Joe Arpaio Is Running For Senate
Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced that he is running for the Senate seat which will soon be vacated by Republican Senator Jeff Flake.
“I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again,” Arpaio said on Twitter Tuesday.
I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again. https://t.co/ANppBdDOtp
— Sheriff Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) January 9, 2018
The controversial ex-Sheriff was found guilty of disregarding a 2011 Department of Justice order that forbade him from detaining people based on their immigration status. In August, Trump pardoned Arpaio. Both Sen. Flake and Sen. John McCain voiced their opposition to his pardon.
Speaking to the Washington Examiner, the 85-year old Arpaio explained his decision to run. “I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump,” he said.
“I’m going to have to work hard; you don’t take anything for granted,” he added. “But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win. I’m not here to get my name in the paper, I get that everyday, anyway.”
During his 24 years as Maricopa County Sheriff, Arpaio’s methods made him notorious. He referred to his own jail as a “concentration camp,” and was known for encouraging his officers to be violent towards prisoners.
Although Arpaio claims to have a “soft spot” when it comes to Arizona’s Mexican American community, he has no patience for undocumented migrants. “If you’re going to come across that border, you should be arrested and get the consequences of it,” he said.
Regarding underage migrants that might benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Arpaio said, “When they come to your attention that they’re here illegally, these young people, deport them back to Mexico — or whatever — and then try to put them on a fast track to come back into the United States legally with special permits.”
“What’s wrong with that?” Arpaio asked. “They’d say they don’t know where their home country is, so let them go there and spend six months, because it might take that long to do paperwork to get them here legally and let them see their home country and see what it’s really like.”