Tough illegal immigration foe set to endorse Perry
November 28th, 2011
10:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Tough illegal immigration foe set to endorse Perry

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.

Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Joe Arpaio • Rick Perry
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. T'sah from Virginia

    This was announce days ago – At least I – for one – do not care!!

    Obama 2012

    November 29, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  2. Bushper

    Hey Perry head back to texas, it's over.Ok".

    November 29, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  3. chuck weidemann

    Looks like Perry is selling his soul to win!!!

    November 29, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  4. don in albuquerque

    Kind of like receiving an endorsement from Boss Hawg. Very believable.

    November 29, 2011 02:15 am at 2:15 am |