Joe Arpaio Wants To Deport Undocumented Kids

By on January 11, 2018

On the heels of announcing his intention to run for a senate seat, ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is weighing in on the fate of underage undocumented migrants.

Speaking on NPR’s Morning Edition, Arpaio made clear his position. “Deport them,” he said.

“When we come across these kids, or some are older than just kids, then deport them. You deport them back to the country they came from,” Arpaio explained.

The 85 year-old Arpaio, who was notorious for employing illegal tactics to crack down on undocumented immigrants in his state, was eventually convicted of criminal contempt for his actions but was pardoned by President Trump.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order — which was put in place by former president Obama and rescinded by Trump — is in a kind of limbo now as both left and right lawmakers try to come together to forge a new plan for undocumented minors.

Arpaio feels that the deported youth would benefit their home countries. “They can do a lot of good in those countries,” he said. “They have education here and help out and be good ambassadors from the United States to their country. That’s just my idea.”

When reminded of the dangers of certain counties the youth would be returning to, Arpaio saw no problem. “We have danger here, so should we deport all the people in Chicago with all the shooting and murder? If they want to get out and go to another country, should the other countries welcome them? I don’t think they would,” said Arpaio. “It’s unfortunate there’s problems in other countries, but that’s … you live in those other countries, you have to do something there whether it’s through the political system in those countries to try to alleviate the problem.”

Arpaio stressed that he was not against immigration, but that he wanted the “right people” to enter the  country.