The pardon of Joe Arpaio by President Trump has elicited mixed reactions from people in different quarters. The step taken by Trump was a significant step backward. In current day and age, it is not right to pardon someone who faces numerous counts of human rights violation. Human rights have a significant role to play in a community.
As long as human beings are not treating each other with the respect and dignity that is deserved of human beings, then there is a huge problem. So, the latest pardon coming out of the Whitehouse is an indication of how low the standards of governance he have fallen.
Leaders are supposed to condemn such injustices but in this case, the president is singing along to the voices of the racists and oppressors. It is yet to be seen how the president will push for the observance of human rights while he has already been branded a racist.
Joe Arpaio pardon does not sit well with those who support human rights for all. As per the constitution of the United States. Human rights are part of the law. Therefore, no human being deserves to be treated as less of a human being than others.
Whether one is a native or not should not be a concern of those in leadership. If countries are tackling immigration, they need to apply the right approach. Immigration is not a crime that should be punished by discrimination and torture. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media
In the case of Joe Arpaio, he was using the powers that had been placed in his office to discriminate people who were in the county without documents. He would have them arrested and placed in secret concentration camps which he had established in an attempt to deal with the rampant issue of immigration through the southern border of Mexico.
Although the government has a role in controlling immigration, it is the manner in which the Sheriff of Maricopa County conducted himself that led to concerns and outcry by those who support human rights.
Joe Arpaio treated immigration as a crime and immigrants were treated like criminals. In the concentration camps he had established, it was almost impossible to live a healthy life. The conditions were so bad that temperatures would rise to over 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
Under such conditions, it was interesting to note that the sheriff did not care about the safety of the immigrants. Some immigrants even died following the adverse conditions they faced coupled with torture through beatings and denial of basic human needs such as medical care. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Joe Arpaio has now managed to go Scott free even after overseeing such violations of human rights. President Trump, according to journalist Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin of Phoenix New Times is just like Arpaio.
They are a bird of the same feather when it comes to matters of immigration. Arpaio seems to have a hint that the president would pardon him since he was one of the most active campaigners of his presidential bid. When he got into office, he rewarded his friend who had failed to defend his position.