We condemn in the strongest possible terms President Trump’s decision to grant Sheriff Joe Arpaio a pardon from his recent conviction of being found guilty of criminal contempt of court.
Arpaio is unworthy of any pardon. His racism and contempt for Hispanic Americans runs deep, and his record of profiling and targeting members of our community is shamefully long.
America is supposed to be equal in the eyes of the law, and the President often talks about respecting the rule of law, and even self proclaims to be the “law and order” President. Yet, Trump’s recent actions to pardon Arpaio disgustingly prove otherwise. By pardoning a sheriff who disgraced the office he held and regularly perverted the justice he was sworn to uphold, Trump has sent a clear message of support for Arpaio’s racist behavior, while also effectively demonstrating to the American people that, sadly, under this Administration, nepotism can overrule the legal sanctity and integrity of our judicial system.