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Bernie to Sheriff Joe Arpaio: 'Watch Out,' If I'm Elected

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Bernie Sanders, left, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (AP Photos)

By    |   Friday, 18 Mar 2016 08:12 AM

Bernie Sanders denounced Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County at a rally in Arizona on Thursday, standing in solidarity with a teenage immigration activist whose parents said they were once detained by the outspoken lawman during a workplace raid.

"It’s easy for bullies like Sheriff Arpaio to pick on people who have no power, but if I’m elected president, the president of the United States does have the power," said the Democratic presidential candidate, according to The New York Times

"Watch out, Joe!"

Sanders and the activist, Katherine Figueroa Bueno, clasped hands and raised them above their heads as the crowd of about 2,800 people at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort cheered.

"Arpaio took away my childhood, because I had to grow up from one week to another," she said. "I am one of millions of other kids that are left behind. I want all deportations to stop, that’s why we need Bernie Sanders to be our president."

"If elected president, we are going to pass comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship, whether Mr. Arpaio likes it or not," Sanders continued.

The Senator from Vermont also addressed the conditions in which Arpaio keeps local prisoners — inside of his famous outdoor "tent city."

Sanders said his wife stopped by the prison to view the tents from beyond the fence, but that Arpaio invited her and her entourage inside.

"She asked him about conditions in Tent City and other abuses that he has perpetuated, and he didn’t have an answer. You know what, he cannot have an answer, because what he is doing is un-American and uncivilized," he said.

According to NBC News, Sanders' statements echoed his wife's, who said after her visit that Arpaio "admitted that the temperature in the tents were up to 130 degrees in the summer." 

The American Civil Liberties Union has long called conditions at the decades-old facility "inhumane."

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Bernie Sanders denounced Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County at a rally in Arizona on Thursday, standing in solidarity with a teenage immigration activist whose parents said they were once detained by the outspoken lawman during a workplace raid.
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