Univision’s Jorge Ramos had a heated exchange with Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio on his show Sunday.
“Now, as you know, to many Latinos, Sheriff Arpaio, you are the face of racism and discrimination. You know that?” Ramos asked Arpaio.
“Well, I’m a pretty nice guy, having lived in Mexico City, South America, Texas and Arizona. I’ve never had any problems with a Latino. They love me,” Arpaio responded, standing in front of one of his jails.
Ramos’ questions for Arpaio where mostly immigration related but he also asked Arpaio about the motivation behind his investigation looking in to President Obama’s birth certificate.
“I’m not going to avoid your question. On the other hand, on March 1 I will present what evidence we have. I’m really investigating the birth certificate, which — not really the President — I want to see all the facts of that birth certificate,” Arpaio told Ramos.
Ramos closed the interview telling Arpaio that he didn’t understand why he continued to grant him interviews.
“We’ve spoken twice, and I still can’t understand why you keep on talking to us. Are you — why are you doing this? As you know, many people in the Hispanic community, many immigrants simply hate you.Why do you insist on talking to us?”
“Because — because you called me. I didn’t call you, and you are a fair, well-known reporter, well respected,” Arpaio replied.
The sheriff is under investigation from the US justice department for racial profiling of Latinos. In December, the U.S. Department of Justice accused the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of engaging in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing, including racial profiling in traffic stops, immigration operations and discriminating against Spanish speakers in the county jails.
Most recently, a coalition of immigrant rights and labor groups led by Citizens for a Better Arizona launched a campaign to oust Arpaio, who comes up for re-election in November.