Washington (CNN) - An Arizona sheriff who has gained a national reputation for his tough stance against illegal immigrants is set to endorse Texas Governor Rick Perry Tuesday in New Hampshire, Perry's campaign confirmed.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose tactics have caused controversy and spurred civil rights lawsuits, will give his nod to Perry in a Tuesday morning event. Arpaio will also campaign with Perry at several events throughout the state.
"Sheriff Arpaio knows Gov. Perry's strong criminal justice and border security record and plans for more federal troops, fencing and surveillance technology to secure our southern border," Perry campaign communications director Ray Sullivan told CNN.
Perry's camp hopes the endorsement will help buttress him against charges he doesn't have a strong enough record against illegal immigration.
As Texas governor, Perry said he worked to stop the flow of illegal immigrants but questioned the wisdom of a border fence. He also supported in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, arguing they should not be penalized.