Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff, stated that in his opinion those that are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program need to be deported.
“Deport them,” the former sheriff said in an interview on NPR’s show “Morning Edition” that aired Thursday morning.
“When we come across these kids, or some are older than just kids, then deport them. You deport them back to the country they came from,” Joe Arpaio stated in the interview.
Arpaio commented on how DACA recipients get an education in the U.S. so that they can be “good ambassadors from the United States to their country.”
“That’s just my idea,” he said.
The former sheriff announced that he will run for Senate earlier this month.
Joe Arpaio became more popular while serving as a Phoenix Area sheriff as a result of having one of the stricter approaches to border security, while proudly calling himself “America’s toughest sheriff.”
Last year, Arpaio was pardoned by President Trump shortly after being convicted of ignoring a previous court order related to racial profiling in his department.
The Hill reports that his statement about DACA comes shortly after Trump held a long meeting at the White House Cabinet room on Tuesday with lawmakers from both parties. During the meeting, Trump stunned Republicans and Democrats alike by offering support for a comprehensive immigration deal.
Trump is trying to get a bipartisan deal for the DACA issue which will allow young immigrants that came in the U.S. illegally as children and are now covered by DACA to stay in the country. However, the deal will also be paired with tighter border security measures, and charges will also be applied for any family-based migration.