Joe Arpaio was the current conservative sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. He is famous for being very tough on crime and illegal immigration. He has been attacked by the ACLU and the SPLC viciously because of his strong anti-illegal immigration stance. Arpaio became Sheriff of Maricopa County in 1992, and was re-elected six times. In August, 1993, he started the nation’s largest "tent city" for convicted inmates. Two thousand convicted men and women serve their sentences in a canvas incarceration compound. In 2012, he and a group of volunteer investigators furnished evidence suggesting that Barack Hussein Obama deliberately forged his birth records in order to take the presidency.
He is a frequent target of unsuccessful power grabs by federal officials uncomfortable with his belief in state law enforcement power.
His office has been criticised for their handling of sexual offences, with at least 400 cases, including several involving child sexual abuse, being 'inadequately investigated' if investigated at all. Some have connected this apparent negligence with the fact that in many cases the victims were illegal immigrants.
Arpaio was defeated for re-election for a seventh term in November 2016. He did not regret his crackdowns on illegal immigration. The Democrat who succeeded him said he would not continue some of Arpaio's most successful policies.
Sheriff Arpaio and his wife Ava have been married for over 50 years and have two children and four grandchildren residing in the Phoenix area. Arpaio's mother was against abortion; she died giving birth to Joe.
- "Illegal immigration is a crime, not a negotiation."
- - Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
- Guarino, Ben (November 9, 2016). Arizona’s Joe Arpaio ousted by voters, ending the 24-year run of ‘America’s toughest sheriff’. The Washington Post. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
- Defeated Sheriff Arpaio Has No Regrets About Immigration Crackdowns. Fortune. November 13, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
- Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio replacement Paul Penzone facing tough and odd choices. CBS News (from AP). November 16, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
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