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
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.
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
"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.