UNITE HERE Local 11 strongly condemns President Trump's decision to pardon former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.
In 2012, UNITE HERE partnered with local community organizations to create Adiós Arpaio, a movement of young leaders and workers who mobilized to register 35,000 voters in Maricopa County.
In 2016, Maricopa County voters overwhelmingly voted Sheriff Arpaio out of office after 26 years because they were tired of Arpaio's lack of respect for the law. From deplorable conditions in county jails to hundreds of unsolved rape cases, Arpaio was finally handed a criminal conviction for contempt of court because he defied a federal order to stop using racial profiling to detain Latinos. Arpaio’s conviction simply verified what thousands of us have known all along: he didn’t care about the rule of law and worse, he used his office to terrorize the very people he was sworn to protect.
President Trump has chosen to tie his own legacy to the very actions that Maricopa County voters rejected in 2016. Working families, students, citizens, and non-citizens will continue to unite and organize against the latest bully. We did it once, and we will do it again.