Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been an outspoken critic of the federal government's mishandling of the illegal immigration issue. Maricopa County is the gateway to the rest of the country for illegal immigration, human trafficking and drug smuggling.

Sheriff Joe believes we must secure our border, but first and foremost enforce existing illegal immigration laws.

Protecting Animals
Every day pets are badly abused or willfully neglected which is precisely why Sheriff Arpaio made fighting animal abuse and neglect a real priority.

Sheriff Joe takes a no-nonsense approach to investigating crimes against animals, apprehends the suspects and takes them to jail. Sheriff Joe Arpaio's no-kill animal shelter, MCSO Animal Safe Haven (or M.A.S.H.), was created to house and care for animals that have been abused or neglected by their caretakers and rescued by the Animal Crimes Investigations Unit.

The purpose of the shelter is to provide a safe, healthy and healing shelter for these victimized animals. Once these animals are nursed back to health, they are available for adoption provided the new owners abide by strict guidelines.

Sheriff Joe has won several national awards for his fight against animal abuse.

If you have witnessed animal abuse or neglect, please contact your local police department and report the crime right away!

Deadbeat Parents
Sheriff Joe Arpaio knows that our children are the future. They need strong families, good schools, and safe neighborhoods to thrive. But too often they are neglected by the people they should trust the most: their parents.

It's why his department has arrested over two thousand deadbeat parents – those that haveabdicated their duty to pay child support. This policy has resulted in returning over $15 million to families in the form of child support.

Tent City - Saving Taxpayers Money
In 1993, Sheriff Joe Arpaio started the nation's largest Tent City for convicted inmates. The Korean War-era tents were erected to house inmates and save the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in new jail construction costs. Arpaio's reasoning: If our men and women who serve in the military can live in tents, why shouldn't convicted criminals.

Unlike other jails around the country, Tent City has no creature comforts. Sheriff Arpaio banned smoking, coffee, movies, pornographic magazines, and unrestricted TV in all jails. He has the cheapest meals in the U.S. too. The average meal costs between 15 and 40 cents, and inmates are fed only twice daily, to cut the labor costs of meal delivery.

The Sheriff also started chain gangs, which consist of inmates who work outside the jail in the community providing such services as picking up litter, removing graffiti and burying the indigent in the county cemetery. And these chain gangs are not limited to just male inmates. The Sheriff also began the world's first chain gangs for females and juvenile offenders.

Have you ever heard of an elected official returning money back to the taxpayers before? Sheriff Joe Arpaio has done so almost every year. Since being elected in 1993, Sheriff Arpaio has operated under budget and returned more than $50 million back to the taxpayers general fund. This is just one more example of his commitment to protect those who pay the taxes – the people!

Hard Knocks High
Even though Joe Arpaio is known as "America's Toughest Sheriff" he also believes in the importance of giving people a second chance. That's why he started "Hard Knocks High," the only accredited high school under a Sheriff in an American jail.

This program allows juvenile offenders to continue their education while in jail in an effort to reduce the recidivism rate. There is also a program in the jails for adult inmates to earn their G.E.D. while serving their time.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Program
In 1996, Sheriff Joe instituted a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in the jails, called "ALPHA." ALPHA stands for Aware, Learn, Plan, Help and Accept. This highly successful program helps inmates recover from addiction and dependency on alcohol and such drugs as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Counselors who run the program say it's one of the best programs for drug addiction in the community. Studies have shown that the recidivism rate among those that participate has been reduce by nearly 85%.

This program helps inmates get clean and reunited with their families to become productive members of society.

Public Safety
As a former police officer, and top agent in the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Sheriff of our country's third largest Sheriff's Department, Joe Arpaio knows a little about public safety. Through tough enforcement policies, dedicated patrol officers and detectives, Sheriff Arpaio is proud that the areas his deputies patrol are the safest in the county.

Under Joe Arpaio's leadership, his office regularly seizes tons of illegal drugs and millions of dollars in drug money. In the past two years alone, his office has seized nearly 60,000 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine worth nearly $70 million, and $4 million in illegal drug money.

Sheriff Arpaio also started an armed volunteer posse force that helps patrol and provide law enforcement assistance throughout Maricopa County.