Sheriff Joe Arpaio: ‘A Nation Without Borders and … Without Laws Is No Nation at All’

Melanie Arter | July 22, 2016 | 10:47am EDT
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Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP Photo)

( – At Thursday night’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the nation needs a leader who will protect the border and “enforce our laws, because a nation without borders and a nation without laws is no nation at all.”

“We need a strong leader who will stand up for America and put the interests of her citizens first. Unfortunately, we are losing the battle. We are the only country in the world whose immigration systems puts the needs of other nations ahead of ours. We are more concerned with the rights of illegal aliens and criminals than we are with protecting our own country. That must change,” he said.


“We need a leader who will protect our border and enforce our laws, because a nation without borders and a nation without laws is no nation at all,” added Arpaio.

He also called for support and respect of the nation’s law enforcement officers.

“And now, more than ever, we must respect, have respect for the police. We must give them the tools and the support they need to do their jobs. The highest levels of government must have our backs as they risk their lives every single day to perform their jobs and protect our citizens,” Arpaio said.

Arpaio said he has seen firsthand the dangers of illegal immigration and drugs as “a top law enforcement officer living and working on both sides of the border” for 35 years.

“We have terrorists coming over our border, infiltrating our communities and causing massive destruction and mayhem. We have criminals penetrating our weak border security system and committing serious crime,” he said.

Arpaio said GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is a leader who “produces results” and is “ready to get tough in order to protect Americans.”

“I have fought on the front lines to prevent illegal immigration, and I know Donald Trump will stand with me and other proud Americans to secure our border. Donald Trump will build the wall and restore law and order and keep drugs and illegal immigrants from entering into our country,” Arpaio added.

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