For Immediate Release: August 25, 2017
Arpaio and Trump: Partners in Racist Crimes
(Phoenix)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and Petra Falcon, Executive Director of Promise Arizona (PAZ), issued the statement below after Donald Trump pardoned Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
“It is beyond reprehensible that Trump has pardoned Joe Arpaio for advancing racist policies that terrorized immigrants and people of color in Arizona for more than two decades. Arpaio is guilty of more than criminal contempt of court. He is guilty of tearing families apart, discriminating against people of color, and treating human beings without dignity and respect.
By pardoning one of the nation’s most extreme anti-immigrant sheriffs, Donald Trump is perpetuating Arpaio’s crimes and revealing his full-fledged support for a White Supremacist agenda.
Our communities deserve better. America deserves a president who denounces racism without equivocation, not one who makes excuses for hate and intolerance. Trump may have pardoned Arpaio, but history will not. We will continue to repair the damage in our society Arpaio caused, fight for our families, and oppose Trump’s repressive agenda.”