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Group withdraws Arpaio’s speaking invitation

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says an advocacy group for guide dog users withdrew its invitation for him to serve as keynote speaker at its national convention in Phoenix next month because of his enforcement of immigration laws.

The sheriff was scheduled to speak to the group Guide Dog Users about his animal welfare programs.

But the group’s treasurer, Jane Sheehan, says some of its board members raised concerns about the sheriff’s civil rights record and his immigration efforts.

The group’s board recently voted 6-5 to withdraw Arpaio’s speaking invitation.

The sheriff says the lobbying began one day after Gov. Jan Brewer approved the state’s new immigration law.

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7 comments

  1. I find this cancellation of Sheirff Joe as a speaker not only in poor taste,
    but highly irresponsible on the part of the Guide Dog Users.

    Sheriff Joe has done so very much to promote animal welfare and
    respect for animals over the years.

    This cancellation of his appearance will not do anything but
    give this organization a questionable stance on animal welfare.

    Kathryn Kobor
    Phx AZ

  2. Arpaio has done a lot to combat animal abuse & neglect.
    But animal welfare is not as important as political correctness to these phonies.

  3. Arpaio has done more for animals than he has for people

  4. Illegal immigration is an issue America needs to fix.
    Do you feel that the enforcement of immigration laws should be a federal matter or a state matter?
    Will this law solve the immigration problem? If not what alternative solutions can you suggest?
    Join Immigration Debate at http://immigration.civiltalks.com

  5. Sheriff Joe Arpaio has for years been a strong advocate of animal welfare and humane treatment, and a defender of those that cannot speak for themselves.
    For this group to withdraw the invitation shows an incredible lack of concern for animals. We know now what really matters to these people: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, not animal welfare.

  6. Illegal immigration is an issue America needs to fix.
    Do you feel that the enforcement of immigration laws should be a federal matter or a state matter?
    Will this law solve the immigration problem? If not what alternative solutions can you suggest?
    Join Immigration Debate at.

    This is easy to fix
    but they do not wanna do it, If safeway super market can give people a shoping card , the Federal gov. can do it 2 to all the legal people, and every employer can verify their workers status but the gov. collects so much money fro Ilegals he is far from fixing the problem.

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