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Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces run for US Senate

12 January 2018, 08:45 | Erica Roy

Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio

"We have the evidence, nobody will talk about it, nobody will look at it, and anytime you want to come down or anybody we'll be glad to show you the evidence", said Arpaio, who announced his Senate run this week.

"They can do a lot of good in those countries", he told NPR.

He will not support Arpaio if he becomes the GOP nominee, he said in the interview.

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The tough-on-crime policies that for years endeared Mr Arpaio to voters in Maricopa County, home to more than 4m people-about 60% of Arizona's population-resulted in millions of dollars in legal settlements.

Taking down alien stash houses in the Phoenix area where human smugglers held illegal immigrants, threatening and sometimes physically assaulting them. A year ago he was convicted of contempt of court for wilfully defying court orders to stop. Arpaio said. "He didn't have the guts to face the people to get re-elected".

It happened because the sheriff's Cold Case Posse, when he was in office, responded to requests from constituents to investigate, and the only formal law-enforcement review of Obama's document concluded the document released by Obama's White House as his official birth certificate nearly without doubt was a forgery. Other contenders for the seat include Representative Kyrsten Sinema, running as a Democrat, and Kelli Ward, running as a Republican. Since then, many Republicans, especially those on the party's establishment wing, have pinned their hopes on Martha McSally, a congresswoman from Tucson, the state's second largest city, who was the first female fighter pilot to fly a combat mission and command a fighter squadron. She appears poised to formally enter the race soon.

Ward, who lost a 2016 GOP primary to Sen. How will Mr Arpaio's unexpected candidacy change the equation?

"Oh, now you're bringing that up?" the pardoned former sheriff responded.

Arpaio, a polarizing figure who gained notoriety for racially profiling Latinos, contradicted his own words from a day earlier. For another, given that about 80 percent (548,000) of the DACA population comes from Mexico, followed by 3.7 percent (25,900) from El Salvador, according to the Pew Research Center, they could be targeted.

Arpaio's entrance in the race could complicate things for former state Sen.

If Mr Arpaio gets Mr Trump's endorsement, it could win him the Republican nomination.

Arpaio, 85, has devoted his career to cracking down on immigrants in the USA illegally and has used highly controversial tactics toward that goal - sometimes in defiance of federal court orders.

He was pardoned by Trump last August after a federal judge found him in contempt of court after his office refused to stop detaining people suspected of being undocumented. But his endorsement may not be automatic. It will likely mean that immigration - and conservative hard-line views on the subject - will dominate a Republican primary in a state that is now nearly a third Latino and in a country where Hispanics are gaining increasing clout politically nationally. She demanded that Arpaio cease being so aggressive, and Arpaio ignored her.

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