Sheriff Joe Arpaio: "I Can Get Along Great With the Hispanics"

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After winning reelection to a sixth term as the sheriff for Arizona's Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio is reaching out to Latinos and the local community in the way only Joe Arpaio can.

"I can get along great with the Hispanics," he said in an interview with the Arizona Republic. "In fact, I sure would like to meet them, even the politicians, maybe in the back room or whatever, have a couple of beers and try to explain. But they need to understand that I enforce the laws. I want to listen to them and hear their problems. I want them to tell me what their problems are. Maybe we can come up with a solution.

After winning by only a minor margin, many think Arpaio is showing a kinder side to win over those who might be against him for sheriff. The sheriff, who has long been outspoken against undocumented immigration, has gone as far as to say that lawmakers should "look into" passing the Dream Act, reports the Huffington Post.

In the past year, Arpaio’s actions against undocumented immigrants have landed him in a class-action civil rights trial and a federal lawsuit that accused him of racial profiling.

In the days following his win, Arpaio has been more vocal in showing an interest to the Latino community. "I'd like to get closer to the Latino community, if that could ever happen to try to explain what we do and get better relationships."

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