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Afuera con Sheriff Joe! Could it happen?

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The self-proclaimed toughest Sheriff in America, Joe Arpaio, was re-elected to serve his sixth, four-year term as Maricopa County Sheriff. The controversial Sheriff’s latest victory was not as easy as previous elections. This time he only captured 52% of the vote.

Support for the Sheriff has continued to decrease as a result of his tumultuous relationship with the growing Latino community. Under his leadership, the Sheriff’s department has gained national attention for harsh policies that immigrants and Latino rights advocates say discriminate against them. The New York Times often gives examples of the Sheriff’s discriminatory ways, which include a recent trial in which Arpaio had to defend himself over civil rights violations against Latinos.

Arpaio continues to deny the accusation, but last year the Justice Department released a report on its findings. In the report, it was made clear that the Sheriff’s department had arrested Latinos illegally and consequently failed to investigate sex crimes. The federal government also discovered and proved incidents of racial profiling, abuse of power, and unlawful enforcement of the law by Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies. As a result, the Department of Homeland Security revoked Arpaio’s office’s federal immigration enforcement powers.

Latino grassroots organizations have been successful in producing record numbers of registered Latinos voters in Arizona. These events have forced Sheriff Joe Arpaio to reevaluate his once successful methods of intimidating Latinos. He may begin to listen to them.

Shortly after Arpaio’s Democratic opponent, Paul Penzone, a former Phoenix Police Department Sergeant conceded defeat, CNN reported that Joe Arpaio gave an abnormal comment to all his supporters. He stated that he wants to sit down and talk to Latinos, the group he has notoriously profiled and discriminated against. Should Latinos be joyful?

I would not start jumping up and down just yet because right after Arpaio possibly showed a change of heart, he made it clear that his policies to enforce the law will be the same. In other words, nothing will change.

Controversy continues to loom over Arpaio after obtaining a mere 52% of the vote and being ahead by only 88,000 votes. According to Jeff Biggers, there are estimates that there are 150,000 to more than 400,000 uncounted votes left to process. This has led many Arizonans to question the election process. This has given Arpaio’s opponents hope that he can still be voted out of office. These uncounted ballots could potentially change the outcome of one of the highest profiled Sheriff’s races the nation has seen.

















About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. No Wrong! He will never listen, nor open his eyes!

  2. No he wont that is just wishful thinking

  3. Oh this election we saw the power of Latinos and women. People are not gonna isolate those two groups again if they want to be relevant.

  4. Didnt he just win re-election?

  5. yeah right. i still don’t know how he won re-election if all of the votes weren’t even counted.

  6. break the law go to jail. Arpaio’s jail. end of story. Arpaio = genuine Latin blood. people complaining = none.

  7. btw he’s only “controversial” for how his prison operates….not for bogus unfounded “racism” claims which anybody could make at the drop of a hat, and are usually false and phony for political reasons or for lawsuits.

  8. Wrong! Hes not black prez. Sheriff’s still hsd his b—ls!!

  9. In the new Obama’s America we need to get used to the notion of the new “empowered” masses classifying for us the opposite of what traditionally had been the accepted norm. Basically, in the past, illegal and deviant were considered negative things by the grand majority of the Americans, now you must accept the opposite – or else! So it shouldn’t come to any surprise when Obama’s loyal Latino brown shirts are going to start labeling anyone that disagrees with their illegal invasions as something racist and intolerant. All hail Obama, power to da peoples!

  10. Oh Mario, I honestly can’t wait for the day when someone who agrees with your views spits in your face and calls you a dirty sp**. All the other leftists and moderates may try to appeal to your rationalty, but I know you’re just projecting your own insecurities and cannot and will not be rational. The 71% of Latinos who voted for Obama weren’t thinking of handouts, they were thinking of the opportunity to no longer be considered a lower class for being what they are. And yes, we are empowered now, because Obama has proven once and for all that a person of color can do as well or even better than any white person in the highest office in the country

  11. Sheriff Arpaio does his job well. He has a difficult job given the federal government doesn’t care much about the border and the Americans living along that border.

  12. haha what a JOKE! Way to vote against yourselves Mario and Lee!

  13. and Jose

  14. The suckerism in the Latino community is so laughable that they actually think that Obama will actually do something for you all because you are Latinos. Yeah he might throw you some trinkets and patronize you at a sppeech or two but thats all. Thats not his job. What? Is he going to create an executive order proclaiming Latinos a protected “species” or something? You guys are always living in a prepetual state of inferiority complex. Like always you are asking for preferential treatment. Tools.

  15. maura you’re a dandelion blowing in the wind. whichever gust blows that’s where you bend. your roots are weak, thus you’re easy to tweak, left holding an empty bag in the end.

  16. Do we all realize how BAD Obama is going to have it in these upcoming 4 years of continued upward unemployment, capital flight, exponentially exploding debt, ballooning trade imbalances? I smell jolts in violent crime, an escalating dropout rate, continued dollar devaluation. Tax hikes on the middle class and cuts in welfare subsidies, as well as disappearing pensions and “gubbermint” salaries will be soon afterward…just like is happening in Europe right now. Say cheese, suckers.

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