President Donald Trump may issue a presidential pardon for former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted by a federal judge earlier this month on charges of criminal contempt.
“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” Trump told Fox News Sunday. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”
“I might do it right away, maybe early this week,” he said. “I am seriously thinking about it.”
The Federal government alleges Arpaio continued border patrols that discriminated against Hispanics. Arpaio argues the court order was vaguely worded, and he changed the manner in which he conducted the patrols to made a good faith effort to comply.
“By pardoning Arpaio, President Trump would signal he tolerates violating a court order to stop flagrantly illegal detentions of Latinos,” the ACLU tweeted Monday.