Statement from the College Democrats of New York on Joe Arpaio Pardon
"The College Democrats of New York is both deeply disappointed and somehow unsurprised by the President’s decision to pardon former Sherrif Joe Arpaio. Despite the fact that the President is using his executive authority to disregard the rule of law, one thing he claims to hold most important, our disgust towards the decision goes much deeper. At this point, it is difficult to keep track of the number of times the President has chosen to stand with the side of hate, bigotry, and the extreme fringe groups of our country. Joe Arpaio is a symbol of the racist and disturbing sentiments of our time, which continue to target our communities of color with the weight of the law behind them.
"Not only is this another clear example of Trump’s lack of understanding of our Constitution, it is another slap in the face to a community he demonized to score political points. Under any other circumstance, this pardoning of a racist, fear-mongering, and despicable man, who did irreparable damage and exacerbated racial tensions in the community he was meant to serve, would be inexcusable and put into question the legitimacy of his presidency. Under Trump, these kinds of actions have become mundane.
"This decision could not have come at a worse time, when DACA is being threatened. If Trump does away with DACA, it would leave one million immigrants looking in the face of uncertainty. His tenure, continues to be a rollercoaster of fear and turmoil as we hold on to our last bits of hope that he will not undo all the good produced under President Obama. We have only one message to the President and the rest of the country: as College students, as Democrats, and most importantly as Americans, we will not stand by idly as the President continues to attack one of the most vulnerable groups in our country to appease the worst people of our country. We are a nation of immigrants, diversity, and resilience. Even under the worst of prospects, we will continue to work to make our country free and just for all." - Izzy Sanchez, CDNY People of Color Caucus Chair