Sheriff Joe: I’ll Put Released Illegals in Tent City

Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 11:17 AM

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he would love to help the federal government with its mass release of illegal immigrants by putting them in his famed Arizona “Tent City” jail.

The illegals were let go to save money ahead of the automatic spending cuts — known as the sequester — that is due to begin Friday.

Arpaio, a hardliner on illegal immigration, told Politico he’d accept the prisoners free of charge. Tent City houses its inmates in tents in the Phoenix desert. Pink underwear is part of their uniform.

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“I’ll take them. I have room in my tents. I would be happy to have them, and I wouldn’t even charge them,” he said.

Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., is skeptical that the illegals are being released for financial reasons.

“I am always suspicious when the government that has billions of dollars has to say, ‘we are going to release [illegal immigrants] because of budget problems,’” he said. “I’m wary of that. They’re utilizing a so-called budget crisis as the reason to kick these people loose. I do have a concern about that.”

The real solution, Arpaio said: “If they’re here illegally, they should be deported.”

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