Puente Arizona Response to ‘Arpaio Declared Guilty for Criminal Contempt’

Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a rally for Donald Trump at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Gage Skidmore/This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic)

Phoenix, AZ — After 10 years of a long and arduous people’s struggle against Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s terrorism of the immigrant community in Maricopa County, Puente Arizona marks today’s guilty verdict of the cruel and racist Sheriff as historic.

The community has always known Arpaio is guilty. He has always been guilty of racism and hatred, guilty of breaking families apart, disappearing thousands of people from their communities and of a gross abuse of his powers. Unfortunately, today some of Sheriff Arpaio’s anti-immigrant practices are still in place.

 “As long as ICE is in the jails, Arpaio is still in control.  True justice will be served when Sheriff Penzone ends all collaboration with ICE and finally breaks with the legacy of Sheriff Arpaio,” said Carlos Garcia, Executive Director of Puente AZ.

“I am in shock to hear the news but glad that people are recognizing the crimes that he has done against our communities. We will not have peace of mind until Sheriff Penzone removes ICE from the 4th Avenue Jail,” Noemi Romero of Puente Arizona said.

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