Sheriff Arpaio is a guy who pisses off undocumented immigrants, Latinos and left-leaning citizens like Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. This is because he stands for what many of them are against: A white America with intolerant, nativist attitudes.
He was very much against the concept of open borders to the point where he gave orders to his police force to round up suspected undocumented immigrants. This is what angered the undocumented people. What started as a mission to round up suspected illegal aliens turned into a mission of harassing Latino motorists. This is what angered the Latinos, as well as the undocumented immigrants. When people voiced their thoughts about Arpaio being a negative authority figure, he persecuted them. This is what angered the left leaning people.
In The Year 2017
The year 2017 was a great turning point in American history. It was the year when a very ruthless, discriminatory man, Donald Trump, got sworn into office as the president of the United States of America. His presidential platform included a promise to build a huge wall to keep undocumented immigrants from crossing over America’s Southern border. This was a tall promise with underlying contexts that were xenophobic. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
Day after day, we watched as Donald Trump attempted to knock down laws that guaranteed rights and humane treatment to people. He tried to chip away at organizations that provided contraception and abortion. Trump also tried to end policies that were in place to help undocumented immigrants. One of the biggest travesties that Trump committed was the pardoning of Sheriff Arpaio.
Trump justified the pardon by saying that Arpaio was sincerely trying to keep his local jurisdiction as safe as possible. Trump, being the nativist that he is, agreed with the aggressive manhunt that Arpaio had carried out. There are pictures of him and Arpaio where he is in the background, smiling.
The Tent City
The year 2017 was also a turning point because the “tent city” that Sheriff Arpaio established for local prisoners was closing its doors. The reason why this “tent city” was constructed is because the local jails that were run by Arpaio were supposedly becoming too overcrowded to house all of the prisoners. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
The tent city existed outside in the brutal Arizona heat, which commonly reaches up to about 125 degree Fahrenheit. A few famous people spent some in this tent city, including Charles Barkley and Mike Tyson. The people who were kept here were brought up on criminal charges that earned them less than a year in jail. Such crimes that landed people in this tent city included car theft, domestic violence, driving drunk and drug possession.
The idea of a tent city for prisoners was so novel and unique that the tent city that Sheriff Arpaio set up became a tourist trap. People from all over the world came to tour the place and take pictures. Some of the prisoners were really enthusiastic about people taking pictures of them. Prisoners could be seen posing for pictures, sometimes throwing up gang signs.