People are arrested every day for the initial violation of the law. If they come to the jail we take one step further to determine if they are illegal. This has been done for years and years, the only difference is now we are the ones doing itLess serious crimes spur immigration holds Mar 30, 2009
I am not going to be intimidated by the politics and by the Justice DepartmentArpaio investigated for rights violations Mar 11, 2009
I'm sure they're not going to hire a guy like me to come in there and lock up illegalsArizona sheriff pulling town's protection Apr 19, 2008
It looks suspicious that three people died in seven monthsClinic investigated in liposuction deaths Jul 13, 2007
If it wasn't for the sheriff, I don't know how many people would have died out there100 migrants found in Arizona desert Jul 20, 2006
Joseph M. "Joe" Arpaio (born June 14, 1932) is the elected Sheriff of Maricopa County in the U.S. state of Arizona. First voted into office in 1992, Arpaio is responsible for law enforcement in Maricopa County. This includes management of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, county jail, courtroom security, prisoner transport, service of warrants, and service of process. Arpaio promotes himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff." He is well known for his outspoken stance against illegal immigration. Arpaio has become a flashpoint for controversy surrounding Arizona's SB1070 anti-illegal immigration act.
Arpaio was once widely popular among voters in Arizona. However, his popularity has waned since 2007, but remains positive among registered Republicans.
Arpaio was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Italian parents both from Avellino, Italy.. Arpaio's mother died while giving birth to him, and Arpaio was raised by his father, a grocery store owner. Arpaio completed high school and worked in his father's business until age 18 when he enlisted in the United States Army. Arpaio served in the Army from 1950 to 1954 in the Medical Detachment Division and was stationed in France for part of the time as a military policeman.