Aug. 25, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today leaders of the Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus released this statement after President Donald J. Trump announced his pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
"Today’s announcement from President Trump is yet another display of disrespect to the Latino community in Arizona. During Joe Arpaio’s 24 years as the sheriff in Maricopa County, he abused his position of authority to drive a personal agenda that promoted racism.
"On July 31, 2017, a federal district judge convicted Arpaio of violating the court's previous order to cease his office's immigration-related actions, which another federal judge found violated the constitutional rights of Latino residents in Maricopa County.
"The members of the Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus believe President Trump’s very first presidential pardon reinforces a clear message to the nation about where he stands on respect for the law and for all residents of Arizona. No amount of time will erase Arpaio’s hateful harassment and the fear he instilled in our community, and no one should be above the law."
Rep. Diego Espinoza, D-Tolleson (District 19), caucus co-chair
Sen. Juan Mendez, D-Tempe (District 26), caucus co-chair
Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix (District 19), caucus secretary
The bipartisan Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus has 17 members from both the state House and Senate. Members hold strategic leadership positions and promote legislation and policies that directly affect Latinos in Arizona. The caucus also encourages more Latinos to engage in the political process through public policy and community events.