Questions on immigration, race follow Trump to Arizona

Saul Bowman
August 23, 2017

"Joe Arpaio was convicted for very good reasons", he said.

Stanton asked Trump last week to reconsider coming to Phoenix so quickly after a neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12 turned violent.

"If President Trump uses his power to pardon a discredited law enforcement official who persistently engaged in illegal racial profiling of the Latino community, it will not be a dog whistle to the so-called "alt right" and white supremacists, but a bull horn", Vanita Gupta, who previously headed the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said in a statement Monday.

Trump didn't take the criticism lightly. There is speculation that he may announce a pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio or an endorsement of Kelli Ward in her primary campaign to unseat Sen. Trump told Fox News he was seriously considering a pardon.

Such a move would draw the ire of immigration advocates and leading Democrats. He now faces up to six months in prison and is expected to be sentenced on October 5.

Just over half of Arizona's residents say they do not want Trump to pardon Arpaio, the poll found.

"He's not in a position where he can have another big failure publicly, and that's the big risk", he said.

JUNG: Rob McDade is a spokesman with the Phoenix Fire Department.

State Democratic leaders urged people who want to show their opposition to the president's policies to gather at a city-designated free speech zone near the site of Tuesday's Phoenix Convention Center rally.

"We are asking employees after midday to work from home", APS spokesperson Jim McDonald said.

Included in those closures are downtown court buildings, which will close three hours early at 2 p.m.


President Trump is scheduled to travel to Phoenix tomorrow for a campaign-style rally.

In Yuma, Trump will visit Marine Corps Air Station Yuma and also is expected to meet with Border Patrol officials.

Andre Bynum, downtown supervisor for Yellow Cab, said safety is on his mind.

"I'm not scared or fearful". "Watching what happened in Charlottesville, it only made me wonder: How are you the master race, but you're so dumb?" he asked.

Arpaio was perhaps most notorious in Arizona for conducting workplace raids on undocumented immigrants. One operative, voicing a common sentiment, told me that it would be nice if the state could simply put Arpaio, and his legacy of terrible treatment toward undocumented immigrants, behind them.

Well, you see, that's the problem. "I don't know", said Matt Mackowiak, a GOP strategist.

The Phoenix Convention Center has released a list of items that are prohibited from the rally, which can be seen here. Flake was slammed by the president as "toxic" on his typical early morning Twitter last Thursday.

"There's been a steady decline of anxiety in downtown Phoenix", said R.J. Price, vice president of marketing and events.

Gallego is anxious that Trump will go through with it because "he knows the white nationalists are really pissed off because he just fired the head white nationalist in Steve Bannon". "That will continue to be his priority during the event and afterwards". "Agencies that rely on the right mix of strategies and tactics can do a lot to prevent or minimize outbreaks of violence".

Flake said at the time he was "dumbstruck" by her comments. "Protesters will show up with deeply felt viewpoints and many will express those viewpoints passionately".

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