Through the 1990s and 2000s, you were at heightened risk of being detained as a suspected “illegal alien” if you had the face and body of a Latino person. This was especially true for residents of Maricopa County, the county where Sheriff Arpaio covered.
This probably included anyone who was of Native American heritage, as well. Local authorities had adopted a hardliner stance on cutting down illegal immigration.
There were many ideas underlying this stance. One idea was that the rules of the country have to be upheld in order to help America remain a place of high standards. The rules are in place for a reason, and they have to be followed.
We shouldn’t let everyone get off the hook for every crime just because penalization hurts their feelings. Another idea was that there are some bad problems in Latin America that come into America. If immigrants are unchecked, more drugs, slaves, gang members, murderers and rapists can make their way into America in unrecorded amounts.
There is also the idea that there are a lot of citizens who do things by the books and deserve the services and opportunities that America has to offer. These types of people have a harder time getting the resources that they deserve when they have to compete with millions of undocumented immigrants who are contributing less than them.
There are also many logical ideas for why people have the opposite stance as Sheriff Arpaio. It is not incorrect to say that illegal immigrants are human beings with backstories, and that we should imagine how it is to be in these people’s shoes. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Most Americans have grown up living in a relatively stable country with a relatively stable, individualistic culture. A lot of people who illegally immigrate to America from less stable countries cannot say the same about their lives.
The topic of immigration is a hard subject to discuss because there are two very valid sides to the debate. Sheriff Arpaio chose to be on the anti-undocumented-immigrant side. The worlds of Latinos and immigrants widely interlope.
So, whenever someone tries to curb illegal immigration, that person ends up being called a racist. Sometimes it’s hard to separate race from the issue of illegal immigration. As a result, judges on the federal level accused Sheriff Arpaio’s crackdown on illegal immigration as an unethical witch-hunt for Hispanic people.
The judges told Arpaio to stop the witch-hunt. After the first warning, Sheriff Arpaio kept at the monkey business for at least 18 more months. Eventually, he was further accused of criminal contempt for ignoring the orders of the judges. Sheriff Arpaio and his men gave the excuse that they didn’t quite understand what the order told them to do. Susan Bolton, the woman who charged him with criminal contempt, did not buy the story.
The elderly man was about to be given a jail sentence, when, all of a sudden…swoop! Trump flew in and granted him the chance of a lifetime—a pardon to escape his sentence.