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AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio Greeted By Protesters in San Diego

— Controversial Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was greeted today by dozens of protesters when he arrived to give a speech at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo.

Protesters, who chanted and carried signs reading "We are human," "San Diego doesn't welcome hate" and "No human being is illegal" are upset by Arpaio's support for Arizona's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration.

Arpaio addressed a sold-out crowd at the country club. The luncheon event was organized by the North County chapter of Conservative Order for Good Government.

The Arizona law -- which was largely blocked when a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction the day before it was slated to take effect -- would require police to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally.

After the speech, Arpaio told NBC 7/39 that the country needs to enforce its immigration laws.

"The bottom line, everybody forgets, when you cross the border you have violated a law," he said. "We should enforce the law, not look the other way."

Immigrant rights groups say the law is discriminatory and leads to racial profiling.

"I think that he has every right to speak and we have every right to say ... `the words you are saying do not create harmony in our country,"' one of the protesters told KFMB-TV.

Arpaio has been an outspoken supporter of Arizona's law, arguing it is needed to crack down on illegal immigration. The controversial law enforcement officer has labeled himself "America's toughest sheriff" and gained notoriety by creating large tent jails in the desert and requiring inmates to wear pink underwear.

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trooper92020 | August 10, 2010 at 2:34 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

Wish we had him here!

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oldschoolcool | August 11, 2010 at 9:26 a.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

Had to laugh at the numbers being reported.
I was there all day and the SUPPORTERS outnumbered the critics at least 2-3 to 1. The paper reported 150 protesters... looking thru my pics, there were no more than 100. They said 220 supporters, there were over 325.
The protesters were the loudest, RUDEST, and most dis-respectful of everyone.
One fool screaming into a bullhorn!

The media wants this to be closer than it is. Taxpaying citizens support Legal Immigration only by a huge margin.

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randolphslinky | August 11, 2010 at 10:20 a.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

If only we had more Sheriff Arpaios. I believe that America is on the decline for a variety of reasons, but mostly due to malfeasance and corruption in our own government. Few people have the courage to do the right thing when it's so controversial.

We have been handing our country over to the rest of the world on a silver platter for so long that to be American today means to be sold out. The middle class have been run into the ground and the willfully ignorant cheer to have the very foundation of our society (our laws) disregarded without any regard for the consequences.

Whether it's Wall Street, our energy policies and practices, or immigration, we are either going to wake up and change course toward supporting things that approach issues logically, not emotionally, or we are sunk as a world power and a country that counts for anything other than pop culture and plastic consumerism.

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Mikesta | August 11, 2010 at 3:18 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

Wow....Interesting comments. It continues to amaze me that the main stream news media (and conservative on the other end) have taken sides and blatantly promote their agendas. The comment above states there were a least as many supporters at the appearance yet none were quoted or acknowledged.

Shame on NBC and KPBS.

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JulieNadine | August 11, 2010 at 3:27 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

Wow! Oldschoolcool must have been at a different protest than I was, because I saw almost all people opposed to Arpaio and very few in support.

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oldschoolcool | August 11, 2010 at 4:59 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

You must have gotten lost... even the newspaper reported the Supporters at 220 and the protesters at 150. My 100+ photos prove it as well. I know you don't want to believe it, tough!
The problem is people only seeing what you want to see. When the truth stares them in the face, you remain ignorant.
FACT IS.... supporters outnumber fool over 2 to 1 across the country. FACT!

Wake up.

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JulieNadine | August 12, 2010 at 2:09 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago

The 220 were the people INSIDE the country club at the luncheon. The 150 were the protesters outside. (Had to look up the newspaper story to see where you got your numbers.)

But I don't dispute that polls say people favor laws like SB1070. But laws and majority opinion can both be wrong and have been sometimes -- slavery, Jim Crow, Japanese internment as a few examples -- and people who can see that have the responsibility to work to change things. We might even bring you on board one of these days, oldschool.

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randolphslinky | August 12, 2010 at 2:47 p.m. ― 6 years, 7 months ago


You're seriously comparing slavery, Jim Crow, and Japanese internment to those who support legal verses illegal immigration?

Maybe you could explain why illegal immigration is really the right thing to support and why the majority of us are wrong.

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Roberto Rolando Salinas | December 17, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

I quess you think the First People of the Americas welcomed the masses of Europeans that invaded thier country, destroyed thier culture, were targeted for ethnic cleansing and genocide. Would you extend the illegal immigration tag on those cherished pioneers that committed those atrocities? How is it that the rights of the original care takers of the America's, and thier heirs, Canadian,Mexican,Central, and South Americans have been trampled and ignored. The hypocites that scream the loudest about illegal immigration, are totally silent about the brutaly repressive history of America in the Americas. Have you forgotten that the Southwestern United States was stolen from Mexico? The stolen property has never beeen repayed or returned to thier rightful owners. As in the facist, racist mentality of Manifest Destiny, Might Makes Right. Shameful, decadent, morally devoid of decency.

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