The sheriff of Maricopa County (the county that includes Phoenix). Arpaio holds deep-seated prejudices about Mexican immigrants and inspires citizens to form vigilante posses, many of which use violence or intimidation tactics in order to scare immigrants out of the country. Arpaio also orders officers into predominantly Latino neighborhoods and tells them to enforce all traffic laws so that they can catch people on minor infractions and then deport them. The Department of Justice eventually determines that his office is discriminatory, and in 2011, the government revokes his authority to detain immigrants.
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To Arpaio, Mexican immigrants were unlike any immigrants that had come before them. They were often disease-carrying criminals and didn't have the same values as American citizens.
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...bill that barred illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits like welfare and education. Sheriff Joe Arpaio continues to form civilian posses made up of more than three hundred civilians to hunt... (full context)