Hispanic lawmaker rips Jane Sanders over Joe Arpaio meeting
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Jane Sanders was touring the outside of Arpaio's "tent city" jail in Phoenix with immigration activists when the sheriff came and spoke with her briefly.
 
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Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), an outspoken advocate of immigrant rights and a supporter of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows MORE, slammed Sanders for the meeting, saying she was not forceful enough with Arpaio.
 
"When Jane Sanders visited Joe Arpaio's inhumane detention center, the Sanders campaign had a chance to tell Arpaio to his face that he was wrong and that he needed to resign — as many of us have said for years. Instead, they heard him out, thanked him for his 'hospitality' and, contrary to their claims, made their criticisms through a press release and a series of tweets," Gutiérrez told Bloomberg
 
"Joe Arpaio doesn't deserve a fair hearing. He is wrong on nearly everything: his immigration policies, his indefinite detention and practices that violate human rights, his tearing families apart, his support of the demagogue Donald TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE. All Joe Arpaio wants is the spotlight — and it's a shame the Sanders campaign helped give it to him."
 
The Sanders campaign had a different take on the meeting, saying in a statement that she "used the opportunity to question Arpaio about racial profiling and his use of civilians to detain people who are undocumented.

"She questioned the inhumane treatment of prisoners who have to live outside under temperatures that can reach over 130 degrees, a charge he did not deny, saying they were prisoners. He bragged about removing meat from all their meals and having chain gangs."

In the statement, Jane Sanders had some harsh criticism for Arpaio.

“What I saw and heard firsthand today by visiting with the families and seeing tent city was very disturbing,” Sanders said. “Sheriff Arpaio did not even attempt to explain or excuse his inhumane treatment of people of color — not that he could. That kind of attitude toward our fellow human beings is completely unacceptable, especially in elected officials and those who would seek public office.”

Arpaio has endorsed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.