Arpaio ending the left's monopoly with Hispanics

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Chad Groening (

An immigration enforcement activist doubts that Arizona's embattled Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is going to stop enforcing immigration laws, despite a recent pledge to reach out to Hispanics.

On Election Day, Joe Arpaio won a sixth term as sheriff in the closest challenge he has faced since taking office in 1993. The Arizona Republic now reports that Arpaio is ready to reach out to "the Hispanics" in the local community who have generally not been fan of the sheriff's strong enforcement of federal immigration laws. "I can get along great with Hispanics," he tells the newspaper.

Gheen, William (ALIPAC)But William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), does not believe Sheriff Arpaio will compromise his principles.

"If Joe had lost, everybody in the country would be hearing you need to support amnesty for illegal aliens. Look what happened to your leader. Your guy lost," Gheen suggests.

He believes Arpaio wants to diffuse the monopoly of communication his opponents have had with the Hispanic community.

"Most legal, law-abiding Hispanics don't support illegal immigration," the ALIPAC president notes. "The left has been over there telling all the Hispanics that Joe Arpaio hates Hispanic people and brown people -- and that's just a lie. So, I think it's great that Joe Arpaio is going to reach out to legal Hispanics and try to increase his communication level with them."

Gheen is confident that Arpaio will continue his rigorous enforcement of immigration laws.

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