President Trump Pardons Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Lawmakers are responding to President Trump’s controversial decision to pardon an Arizona sheriff, accused of racially profiling Latinos.

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty last month of defying a court order to stop patrols that targeted Latinos.

His department was repeatedly accused of racial profiling during his 24 years as sheriff.

The presidential pardon is being met with criticism from many Democrats and some Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The president says he’s standing by his decision, calling Arpaio a "hero who’s protected our borders."

Arpaio was facing six months in jail before the pardon.

But he’s not out of the woods yet as civil charges are still pending.

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