Sheriff Joe Arpaio: 'Politicians should be thanking me' - Nevada Wonk - Las Vegas Sun
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio thinks Nevada owes him some gratitude.
The self-appointed "toughest sheriff in America" maintains that his immigration policies - seen by many as racist - have kept thousands of illegal immigrants out of the Silver State. He boasts that 2,000 illegal alien drug smugglers, many on their way to Nevada, have been arrested in his Maricopa County jurisdiction since Arizona's human smuggling law took effect.
"The politicians should be thanking me, but they don't," Arpaio told the Sun today. "I'm the one guy who knows where the border is and is cracking down on illegal immigration."
Arpaio will visit Las Vegas on Tuesday to speak to Tea Party supporters and stump for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle. Arpaio lived in Vegas for six months in 1957 working as a police officer.
Arpaio has never met Angle, who speaks of him often and advocates that every state have a sheriff like him, but he has endorsed her.
"I like the fact that she's a fighter," Arpaio said. "I anticipate she'll be elected, which shows you the mood of the country."