by Fleur Magbanua-Mansur, ABS-CBN News
MESA, AZ — The former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his hard stance on immigration in Arizona, announced his candidacy to run for the Senate Tuesday — three months after he received pardon from President Trump for his conviction of criminal contempt for defying a court order stopping him from racially profiling Latinos.
The 85-year-old Arpaio said on Twitter that he’s running for one unwavering reason — that is to support the agenda and policies of the President in his mission to Make America Great Again.
For this kababayan, Arpaio should retire.
“I feel he’s very prejudiced. He profiles, racial profiling. And I think it’s about time for him to give up. Give it up. Give others the chance. He’s been in service for so long,” said Lorraine Murray.
But for Edmund Borromeo, he is happy to see the controversial sheriff back on the political scene.
“He is still sharp in terms of issues and this. He’ll get some advice that’s helpful around him to actually promulgate what his intentions be,” said Borromeo. “So I presumed he will be a good senator in the long run.”
When Arpaio was asked this week about his opinion on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, the former sheriff said they should be deported.
There are about 800,000 DACA recipients or “Dreamers” in the nation.
Approximately 50,000 young undocumented immigrants are from Arizona, according to Pew Research Center.
One Filipina DACA recipient in Arizona who asked not to be identified told BA she feels she didn’t do anything wrong to get deported.
“Wala naman kaming ginagawang masama para madeport kami. Hindi naman namin pinili na mag stay dito illegaly. Dinala lang kami ng parents naming dito. Ano bang malay namin na pagdaing naming ditto wala pala kaming papers. Tinatry naman naming na maging legal dito. Nag-contact kami ng mga lawyers para maghanap ng ways para maging legal dito.”
“I don’t think it’s fair the children lived here for so long, they’ve lived the American way. They are our future also. They were educated here and I believe they have a right to stay,” agreed Murray.
“They’ve earned to be here. For them to go back and then the family they built over here, I don’t know, it’s not closure to me. It’s not cool. They worked hard to be here,” said Alcordo.
But for Borromeo, the Dreamers are still illegal.
“I’d rather have them out of the country because they actually went here with illegal means, through their parents. In that sense, it’s not fair for a lot of people.”
For this Dreamer, all she can do is wait, hope, and pray that a pathway to citizenship is put in place soon.
“I’d like to stay positive. Of course we’re scared if ever, but we’re hoping he would come up something for us.”