By Nicolás Peña
Washington, D.C. August 26, 2017.- The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) objects to the presidential pardon granted to Joe Arpaio, former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
President Donald Trump argued that “Throughout his time as sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration.”
“We want to refresh your memory Mr. President. Joe Arpaio was found guilty of disregarding a court order in a racial-profiling case after which the court then ordered him to halt his unconstitutional practices which they deemed biased by his racist and anti-immigrant sentiment” said Dr. Yanira Cruz, president of NHCOA.
According to the Court of Justice, the former Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, practiced the selective detention of people using their physical appearance and skin color as a reference, and then determined their immigration status which subsequently led to deportation of some. Thousands of public denunciations evidence their methods of torture and subhuman conditions while imprisoned.
NHCOA as an organization and the people we represent, stand up for the thousands of Latino families and immigrants who were affected by the discriminatory practices of Joe Arpaio.
Now their pain is multiplied after this sad decision.