Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona will endorse Rick Perry for president next week, according to ABC News.
The self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in the nation” has gained national attention for his hard-line stance against illegal immigration and his controversial tactics, including forcing prison inmates to wear pink underwear and putting them to work on chain gangs.
Perry, a border state governor who in the past has expressed interest in guest worker programs for illegal Mexican immigrants, would benefit politically from association with Arpaio’s tough immigration stance. Perry faced a slew of criticism for saying during a GOP debate that people didn’t “have a heart” if they did not support educating the children of illegal immigrants.
Arpaio plans to campaign with Perry in New Hampshire next week.
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