Arpaio seeks to improve relationship with Hispanic leaders - New York News

Arpaio seeks to improve relationship with Hispanic leaders

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's hard line immigration enforcement tactics have created a major rift between himself and Hispanics. A rift -- he's been saying the past few months -- that he wants to repair.

The first steps towards that have been taken this week.

When Sheriff Joe Arpaio and members of the Hispanic community have come face to face in the past, it's usually been a tense situation. But earlier this week, the sheriff and a group of Hispanic leaders were in the same room.

The issue at hand -- better understanding each other.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio smiled, standing shoulder to shoulder with Hispanic community leaders. No protests signs. No marches. No arrests. And no TV cameras either.

"I was invited."

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski orchestrated the meeting earlier this week.

"They were very nice, they prayed for me."

It was 5 months ago -- on the night of his re-election -- that Sheriff Arpaio appeared to be extending an olive branch to the Hispanic community.

Something he's repeated several times since.

Pastor Joe Garcia was at the meeting this week.

"The issues we are very concerned about is breaking up of the families," says Garcia. "We understand his job title but at the same time we need to let him know, we live the pain of the people, we live side by side with our people and we need to do something about it."

"They are concerned with my reputation with the Hispanic community and I was concerned about the kids fearing the sheriff. That's not me," says Arpaio.

It's the kind of dialogue between the two sides we're not used to hearing.

"There's a lot of misinformation about this sheriff," says Arpaio. "A lot of the hatred toward me is not right."

"We're not coming against him personally but the way he is running things," insists Garcia.

"They still have a disagreement on how I enforce the laws and they I understand I must enforce the laws," says Arpaio.

"My hope is that Sheriff Joe has a change of heart, that he sees this in a different way, that we Hispanics and spiritual leaders are seeing this," says Garcia.

"I know we disagree on a few situations but it was nice to be able to talk to them. Person to person and I'll be doing more of that," says Arpaio.

Both say they are open to more discussions. But Sheriff Joe remains adamant about enforcing immigration laws.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Dead cats found hanging from trees in Yonkers

    Dead cats found hanging from trees in Yonkers

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-04-25 03:03:00 GMT
    SPCA of Westchester photoSPCA of Westchester photo
    Police are investigating the discovery of at least two dozen dead cats found inside plastic bags hanging from trees in Yonkers Thursday, according to the SPCA of Westchester. Some of the cats were badly decomposed but others appeared more recently killed.
    Police are investigating the discovery of at least two dozen dead cats found inside plastic bags hanging from trees in Yonkers Thursday, according to the SPCA of Westchester. Some of the cats were badly decomposed but others appeared more recently killed.
  • Some residents return after NJ brush fires force evacuations

    Some residents return after NJ brush fires force evacuations

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-04-25 02:42:55 GMT
    A school and many homes in Ocean County, N.J., were evacuated on Thursday afternoon because of several brush fires that were fanned by winds. Some residents returned a few hours later. The largest fires burned about 300 acres around Berkeley Township. Firefighters had about 30 percent contained late Thursday night.
    A school and many homes in Ocean County, N.J., were evacuated on Thursday afternoon because of several brush fires that were fanned by winds. Some residents returned a few hours later. The largest fires burned about 300 acres around Berkeley Township. Firefighters had about 30 percent contained late Thursday night.
  • 'Here Lies Love'

    'Here Lies Love'

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:33 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:33:22 GMT
    "Here Lies Love" tells the rise and fall of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos. History meets disco literally as the story is told in a nightclub.Ruthie Ann Miles plays Marcos. Miles admits a big challenge is bringing to life a woman with views vastly different from her own and giving that to show-goers. "As an actor you believe in yourself," Miles says. "You need to be your own best friend, your own biggest supporter so that the audience can come on a journey with you."
    "Here Lies Love" tells the rise and fall of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos. History meets disco literally as the story is told in a nightclub.Ruthie Ann Miles plays Marcos. Miles admits a big challenge is bringing to life a woman with views vastly different from her own and giving that to show-goers. "As an actor you believe in yourself," Miles says. "You need to be your own best friend, your own biggest supporter so that the audience can come on a journey with you."
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices