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Congressman Joaquin Castro

Representing the 20th District of Texas

Castro Statement on Sheriff Arpaio Pardon

Aug 25, 2017
Press Release

San Antonio, TX – Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), first vice chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement after President Trump pardoned Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio:

“President Trump used the power of the presidency to pardon a bigot today. Sheriff Arpaio is a stain on law enforcement. He directed the targeting of individuals based on their race, and continued the illegal, discriminatory practice after a judge ordered him to stop. 

“President Trump’s decision to pardon Sheriff Arpaio in the wake of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville will embolden racist factions of our society. This callous announcement deepens divisions between Americans and hinders the healing our nation needs.”