Rick Perry Consults With Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Illigal Immigration

Governor Rick Perry may have lost some standing with conservatives for his position on a border fence but this may help him out some…
The popular Texas Governor is consulting with Sheriff Joe Arpaio on illegal immigration.
Townhall discovered this on Arpaio’s Facebook page:

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  • Be nicer if he said more of what that conversation was about. Specifically.

  • Hank

    Guest workers in then out. No citizenship, no benefits whatsoever. Like it was mid last century.

    Those wanting to remain go through the process.

    Simple. Clear.

    Politicians seeking votes corrupt.

    Term limits. No post service benefits for politicians. A complete ban on political contiributions so that an office seeker actually states their intentions.

  • Multitude

    I’m sure I’ll set off a Perry fanatic or two with this observation, but it’ll need to be addressed if Perry stands a chance at winning a large base of the middle votes — business professionals, socially tolerant but fiscally conservative, non-religious centered types, etc.

    What seems to be a pattern with Perry is that he sets off in a quirky, ill-advised path (embracing Al Gore, rejecting control of the border, etc.), but then has an epiphany akin almost to being born again of tent revivalism tradition, sees the light, comes to Jesus, and changes his mind (somewhat).

    I’m quite suspicious of people that don’t know how to accurately assess a situation the first time around. When they make a production out of their rebirth, it’s even more suspicious. Is this a ploy to reach out to some radical on the other side of an issue and posture yourself as open minded? Again, even this posturing seems terribly close to the tradition difficult for some of us non-fundamentalists to understand, dressing up for show and making a big production about what a great Christian you are by attending a church masquerading as a Wal-Mart.

    I understand Bachmann and Palin apparently participate in such box-store faiths as well, but it’s not been as much of a public relations spectacle with them as it appears to be for Perry and Huckabee (once he came out of the fundamentalist closet after Iowa and sunk in popularity shortly after).

  • -we in Cal. are about to support the education of illegals’ children-another “Dream Act”–
    you may want to take out the i and put in an e- on the title heading…

  • Old Dude

    Maybe Perry has a cockfighting ring needing busting up using a tank and a Hollywood actor?


  • west1890

    Consulting with Sheriff Joe gives Perry a plus in my book. Joe says what he means and means what he says- and as far as he’s concerned illegals are lawbreakers, not guests. Wish Joe was the sheriff in my Arizona county.

  • MrGoodWench

    As long as Senor Perry keeps saying ” strategic fence ”
    he is being vague about the problem itself .
    BTW , I hope Arpaio has a cot and a pair of pink underoos for Hussein in his tent city ,
    ready to go

  • AuntieMadder

    Perry has, in the past, proven himself to be able and willing to listen and learn. I hope Sheriff Joe learnt him. 😉

    By the way, a friend of mine works security at the fancy-shmancy hotel that Perry stays at when he’s here in Dallas. My buddy’s built like a linebacker, so he’s like a bodyguard as much as hotel security (you should see the lobby cam footage of him running down and then literally tackling a man who was running from the hotel gift shop, where he’d been caught shoplifting by the shop owner). He told me that he meets the VIPs, such as Perry, in the garage, then escorts them through the hotel kitchen, to the meeting/conference/banquet room or, if no meetings are scheduled upon arrival, to the elevator and up to their room. (He escorted Sarah Palin through the hotel on one of her visits to Dallas and was thoroughly smitten by her. He says she’s even prettier in person and is very personable, a very nice lady. He escorted McCain, too, when he came to Dallas during the 2008 campaigns. He said McCain was a friendly enough man, approachable, and likeable enough even if he doesn’t like his politics.) Perry was here a few nights ago, in fact, and my friend escorted him to a conference room and then kept the press out of the hotel lobby, not because Perry didn’t want to talk to them but because he had a meeting scheduled that didn’t leave him time; he arrived at the hotel only minutes before the meeting was scheduled to begin in the hotel conference room. He did speak to reporters after the meeting ended.

    Anyway, according to my friend, Perry always remembers him and asks how he’s been doing. Receptive to my friend’s comments and criticisms regarding whatever is going on in Texas legislation, including Perry’s decisions and statements, he also remembers that my friend always has them and isn’t hesitant to voice them. He gave him his two cents worth about the Trans Corridor back when Perry was promoting/supporting it, for example. He said Perry seemed genuinely interested in his POV and listened to what he had to say without growing defensive or copping an attitude.

    He also told me that, away from the press, when it’s just Perry and the people who work for him, he’s just a regular guy, cutting up and BSing or talking about issues and such and how they affect regular guys like my friend.

    Oh, and his hair is always perfect.

    Disclaimer: This does not mean that I’m “in the tank” for Perry. It’s just interesting, at least to me, and definitely relevant at this time, so I’m sharing it with you. Perry’s on my short list but he’s not number one nor is he exempt from becoming number zero. Even my friend, who genuinely likes Rick Perry, ranks Bachman as his first choice for the next POTUS. So, please, relax, read this for whatever it’s worth and don’t read anything into it that’s not there.

  • Craig


    Why Would Rick Perry Call the Sheriff?

    Why a legitimate presidential candidate would seek to align himself with a man like Joe Arpaio is difficult to understand. Nationally known as the man who forces male inmates to wear pink underwear and the creator of Tent City, where inmates are housed in tents out in the Arizona heat to save taxpayers money.

    Sheriff Joe is still popular with a sector of the Republican base. Also, some of Governor Perry’s running mates have already contacted Arpaio, at least according to the sheriff’s recent tweets. He does have the ability to rally a crowd of like-minded individuals, and every candidate can use a little fire.

    Perry, who is portraying himself as the far right candidate, has a more centrist history on immigration issues. Perhaps a connection to Sheriff Joe will make Perry seem tougher on immigration issues without having to actually be a hardliner. Or maybe giving the sheriff a call is a new prerequisite of being a GOP candidate.


  • Dan

    I am sure Perry said all the rights to Arpaio. That is what Perry does. However, when he has power in office to do something, he does the opposite. Go look up the picture of Perry at LA RAZA!

  • allahallahoxenfree

    I wonder if other matters includes Arpaio’s alleged investigation of Obama’s eligibility. Just wondering….

  • Noislamocommie

    Mitt Romney has a stronger history of enforcement by far…mitt north is going to conquer mitt south on this.
    If Palin does not run I will go for Romney on his record of enforcement not just talk.

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  • victoria_29

    Noislamocommi damn i missed it when was mittens the Gov of a border state? Let me assure you he wasn’t, the issues in a state like MA-where by the way he couldn’t win a 2nd term-is much different than in a border state, especially one like Texas. Obviously you don’t grasp that border control & immigration are 2 different issues & until you have one that you can’t have the other.

    As for Mittens-I assume you know that his father is a Mexican citizen, he was BORN in Mexico to parents who had been born & raised in Mexico. And why you ask because Mittens grandpa had 5 or 6 wives & fled the United States to avoid our polygamy laws. All of Mitten’s 1st cousins are Mexican citizens….yeah let’s ask him how many illegal alien relatives he has. Gov Perry was just asked that question & he answered-NONE. At least he knew. I think says a hell of a lot about Mittens & his background that his family LEFT the US to avoid OUR LAWS & practice something most American consider disgusting.

  • lizzy84

    Rick Perry called the Sheriff..yep,more talk.. that’ll do it.
    I want a conservative Republican candidate that will state out loud that illegal is…ILLEGAL and a CiC who will use our Armed Forces to patrol our borders, build fences and walls where applicable and establish a strict zero tolerance for people who’ve entered our country illegally. Is that what I’m reading about Perry’s stance on immigration? NO.
    Talk is cheap and flashy. Actions speak slower, but last.

  • donh

    Romney couldn’t even deport Obama’s Uncle Obango and aunt Zetuni. People are getting killed all over Massachusettes by illegal alien drivers. Romney failed to protect the people from a massive crime wave and looting of welfare services which put Obama’s friend Duval Patrick in office. Now Romney wants to hand Obama another 4 years.

  • Got Billy Ayers on Speed Dial

    Perry knows he is in trouble over his illegal immigrant amnesty plan. Sheriff Joe would do well to stay away from Tex-O-Bama.

  • mcc

    If – to AuntieMadder’s, Oh, and his hair is always perfect. – one adds this:


    We have quite the dapper fellow. No?

    A bejeweled watch, monogrammed shirt and LoneStar cufflinks…

    Given this, Romney pales! Is he now an Average Joe or, heaven forbid…a Sloppy Joe?!

  • Island Girl

    AuntieMadder – I really do not think it is ok for you to post a person’s job & political opinions on a website.

    If this person wants to share his experiences 7 opinions on this blog let he himself do it.

    You have no right.

  • Rose

    Rick Perry should have been consulting with Sheriff Joe YEARS AGO in his capacity as TEXAS GOV, when we were begging him to take a more assertive role in our Security Measures – BUT HE WAITS til he is running for President, even though he could have done more LONG TERM GOOD as TEXAS GOV throwing his weight fully behind Sheriff Joe!

    THAT makes me MAD! As a South West Texas lady living too close to the Mexico Border!

    YEARS AGO we begged Perry to consult with Joe and HELP JOE by throwing his political weight in favor of Joe, when JOE needed some serious support against the FEDS!

    NOW that PERRY has cut his own nose off – coming out again, bashing the fence without promoting a SERIOUS defense of our borders… NOW he goes to Joe!

    Where was Perry when JOE needed help! AND A FEW OTHER MEN trying to protect our borders as well!

    Makes me very mad!

    I’m going to vote for Sarah! This is the kind of stuff we have gotten from Perry for 11 YEARS!
    I’m tired of the balderdash! I’m tired of the enabling. He’ll do a PR stunt like this – but this won’t translate to POLICY in HIS administration!

  • Rose

    Gov Perry has a family member married to a Mexico National or something like that, too – so he won’t speak out against Illegal Aliens, either.

  • MrGoodWench

    Rose commented:
    Rick Perry should have been consulting with Sheriff Joe YEARS AGO in his capacity as TEXAS GOV
    Hasn’t Senor Perry been opposed to AZ’s SB1070 ?

  • Rose

    #6 September 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    west1890 commented:

    There have been a large number of specific incidents in Texas and Arizona BOTH in which we begged Perry to do exactly this – but Perry PASSED on all the past opportunities to form an alliance with Joe Arpaio for the sake of Texas and Arizona – but now that he sees an advantage to his own Pres Campaign… NOW he sees the advantage of consulting Joe…

    He is 9 years and many others too late NOW with ME! This is like showing up to the Alamo ready to fight beside Davy Crockett, after the carpetbaggers left Texas.

    I hope that remark is not too subtle for anyone. (20 Years too late)

  • Valerie

    #9 September 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm
    Craig commented:

    …Why a legitimate presidential candidate would seek to align himself with a man like Joe Arpaio is difficult to understand. …”

    I’m sure it’s very hard for a hack writer with no talent or independent judgment to understand why a anybody would want to talk to a person who actually has responsibility for dealing with a difficult situation.

  • Rose

    #22 September 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    MrGoodWench commented:

    YES!!! Saying it was the WRONG DIRECTION for TEXAS! Even though MOST TEXANS WANT IT!

    Is that the man who LISTENS to the VOTERS when he is WRONG?????????????

    That is the storyline of the SALES PITCH!

    We have had a lot of incidents where Sheriff Joe and other border protectors and border ranchers needed serious defending and some staunch support, Arizona AND TEXAS BOTH!
    And the Minute Men…

    Perry just didn’t think he needed to butt in!

  • Rose

    Perry didn’t do anything to help get rid of Johnny Sutton, either!

  • Patty

    would love to have been on the end of that conversation. As I have wonder what Perry met when he said no fence.

  • Patty

    I would suppose it is rather odd that they haven’t spoke more. Seems it is very odd but if Perry could take some logical pointers from a Sheriff who has seen it all, then a very good thing.

    Reaching out to those who know isn’t on of Obama’s strong suits. So, good for Perry.

  • Rock

    Rose #26

    I’ve see Sutton as just another version of Holder. The man is about politics, justice and the law are nothing more than tools to advance his worthless a#$. His treatment of Border Agents was pure vote hunting politics. I always held Bush accountable for this man’s actions, but I suppose Perry falls in line for that also.

  • Valerie

    #15 September 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm
    lizzy84 commented:

    The border states have been coping with an irrational immigration policy for many decades, now. While it sounds just to simply deport every person who failed to comply with our laws, the simple truth is, we have have failed in our responsibility to provide a rational immigration law for about thirty years.

    This might help you understand some of the background.


    Texas has had to cope with an extraordinary problem, due to lawmaking at the national level, that has narrowed the options over time. Please do not confuse a politician’s pragmatic approach to an intractable problem ,with anybody’s idea of the most intellectually or morally satisfying approach.

  • MrGoodWench

    Rose commented:
    #22 September 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    YES!!! Saying it was the WRONG DIRECTION for TEXAS! Even though MOST TEXANS WANT IT!
    And Perrybots want us to believe that a man who OPPOSES ID verification of illegals caught commiting a crime is not an amnesty shill

  • Patty

    Correction AP lied about comments that Perry said about fence. And the AP does need to retract its statement.

    And I believe we will get a much better opinion in the debates.

  • Patty


    I really need to hear Perry at debates and see if immigration questions come up.

  • Patty

    My question is: Why didn’t Perry get Arpaio’s opinion long ago.

  • MrGoodWench

    Patty commented:
    My question is: Why didn’t Perry get Arpaio’s opinion long ago.
    The same reason Obama didn’t put his hand over his heart when the National Anthem used to play .

  • Patty

    Okay, Arpaio arrests illegals to have this Administration let them go. And why? Politics.

    You can’t upset the minorities and Mexican voters. Same is True with Perry and Romney. This is politics. If anyone touches it they can kiss the u know what goodbye.

    That is what I think is going on, on both sides of the aisle for years.

  • Patty


    Are you saying Perry isn’t patriotic..I hope not!

  • MrGoodWench

    Patty commented:
    Are you saying Perry isn’t patriotic..I hope not!
    He is a politician , just like Obama.
    Like Obama, he does whatever he wants to do when no one is watching.
    Once people are watching, its all about a carefully designed public image .
    Obama suddenly becoming a patriot, Perry suddenly becoming a border-security advocate —all part of a carefully crafted public image.
    I won’t fall for it

  • lizzy84

    Valerie/#30 said:
    Texas has had to cope with an extraordinary problem, due to lawmaking at the national level, that has narrowed the options over time.
    I hear what you’re saying…. Arizona is dealing with similar realities as I’m sure you know.
    Perry’s immigration stances at the state level do concern me enough that I’m beginning to ask what could we expect from him at the federal level if he were to become CiC? I’m looking forward to listening to him in the debate this week.

  • Militant Conservative

    Notice that NO ONE associates W Ron Paul?

    Associating w a loser/nutter is not to anyone’s

    Advantage. Yes this is political gamesmanship but

    It is in the right direction. Bless your heart Craig.

    Old southern saying, look it up.

    Powder is dry

  • AuntieMadder

    @ #19 Island Girl: My gawd, you’re an @$$. My friend doesn’t mind, so why are your panties in a wad over it?

  • Agent 99

    Craig lives in Canada!

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  • TxAnn56

    I sure hope he gets interrogated in the debates on this topic. Calling Sheriff Joe is so typical of Perry. Another talking point to counter his years of publicly supporting a “pathway to citizenship” aka AMNESTY. I don’t really like Romney but as far as I know, Romney hasn’t been against E-verify, hasn’t said that the anchor baby law shouldn’t be changed or voted for in state tuition for illegals. Perry’s record is indefensible. The picture of him with LaRaza will come back to bite him as will all of his other votes and quotes. If he gets elected, I’ve already braced myself for another amnesty battle, circa 2007.

  • Sandy

    Rick Perry will not be appearing in the SC debate because he is going back to Texas to deal with the Wild Fires. Sounds like he’s not the kind of guy who would stay on vacation if his nation was in trouble–like the current occupant.

  • Sandy

    Rick Perry will not be appearing at the SC debate because he believes its more important to go back to Texas and deal with the Wild Fires. Sounds like he’s the kind of guy who wouldn’t stay on vacation if his nation was in trouble.

    I like that he is speaking to Arpaio–nobody knows more about law enforcement than Joe.

  • bg


    gee, how long has Perry been Gov??

    and how long has Joe been Sheriff??

    /time is of the essence of appearance sarc/


  • bg


    aww, he’s so concerned he is, he is..

    hope they find a safe spot for his cushy wing armed
    chair where he can sit and wave blessings from.. /s/


  • bg


    Agent 99 #42 September 5, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Craig (along with TW and several others [ie: daryl & rathernot], who might
    or might not be the same person) is an “election year” troll, in 08 he was a
    “birther” by creed & deed.. not sure of Craig’s role this year, but i’m sure it
    will be made crystal clear before long.. if i had to guess, i’d say a poser for
    Palin fan so as to discredit.. or maybe even a Paul fiend, we shall see soon
    enough, aah, patience..