USHRN Statement on the Presidential Pardon of Arpaio

Resist & Defend Human Rights

For Immediate Release

August 27, 2017
Contact: Jess St. Louis, jstlouis@ushrnetwork.org, (404) 588-9761 x104

Atlanta, GA - Last week, President Trump pardoned former Arizona Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who was convicted for criminal contempt for disobeying a federal court judge’s order to stop the unconstitutional practice of imprisoning individuals based solely on suspicion about their immigration status.  

The following is a statement from Colette Pichon Battle, Executive Director, on behalf of the US Human Rights Network:  

We condemn the Presidential pardon of Joe Arpaio. This pardon of Arpaio signals White House commitment to support and provide legal impunity for illegal state action rooted in racial profiling and the violation of basic human rights. This continuation of the federal government aligning with far-right and white supremacist forces violates the most basic principles of civil rights and sets the stage for more violations of human rights.

Any human rights agenda in the United States must address and stop hate violence as well as structural racism head on. We support the Puente Human Rights Movement statement in the wake of Trump’s actions: white supremacy will not be pardoned.

The US Human Rights Network stands in solidarity with those who continue to bear the wounds inflicted by Arpaio's harmful and racist actions over the course of decades. We urge all defenders of human rights to see through smoke screens aimed at dividing our communities. To achieve human rights in our communities means we must fight for human rights in all communities.  We will continue to work to build a people-centered movement that resists racism and defends human rights for all.

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