The White House has announced President Trump has pardoned Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was recently convicted of contempt of court for defying a court order to stop his deputies from racial profiling.
Arpaio has been a major supporter of Donald Trump. Arpaio’s policies have included racial profiling and detaining immigrants in a scorching outdoor tent city jail, which Arpaio once referred to as his own “concentration camp.”
Immigrants rights and civil liberties groups have harshly criticized Trump’s decision:
Cecillia Wang, ACLU Deputy Legal Director: “With his pardon of Arpaio, Trump has chosen lawlessness over justice, division over unity, hurt over healing. Once again, the president has acted in support of illegal, failed immigration enforcement practices that target people of color and have been struck down by the courts. His pardon of Arpaio is a presidential endorsement of racism.”
Carlos Garcia, director of Puente: “In pardoning Arpaio, Trump has lost all legitimacy. After Charlottesville, Trump came to Phoenix to solidify himself as a white supremacist candidate. Convicted Sheriff Arpaio should be tried for much more than contempt of court. His Sheriffs killed Marty Atencio in his jail, kept humans in an outdoor tent city he called his own concentration camp, and he said he was proud to be called KKK.”