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President Trump is headed to Arizona Tuesday where he will tour the Yuma sector of the southern border with Mexico and hold a campaign style rally in Phoenix.
During a recent interview with Fox News, Trump said he was seriously considering a presidential pardon for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was recently found in contempt by a federal judge for failing to to follow orders requiring he halt targeted traffic stops against illegal immigrants. It is speculated Trump may announce the pardon during the rally Tuesday night.
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“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president said Sunday, during a conversation with Fox News at his club in Bedminster, N.J. “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.”
Trump said the pardon could happen in the next few days, should he decide to do so.
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Arpaio, 85, was convicted by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton of misdemeanor contempt of court for willfully disregarding an Arizona judge’s order in 2011 to stop the anti-immigrant traffic patrols. Arpaio had maintained the law enforcement patrols for 17 months thereafter.
While the potential move has been criticized by Washington D.C. elites and the media, Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is urging the President...
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