Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff from Arizona, announced this week that he will run for the U.S. Senate to help advance President Trump's agenda.
But he is breaking from the president on the future of people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
"Deport them," Arpaio told NPR Morning Edition's Rachel Martin in an interview that aired Thursday morning.
"When we come across these kids, or some are older than just kids," Arpaio said, "then deport them. You deport them back to the country they came from."
Arpaio, 85, has devoted his career to cracking down on immigrants in the U.S. illegally and has used highly controversial tactics toward that goal — sometimes in defiance of federal court orders. He instructed his deputies, for example, to detain Latino residents and ask them about their legal status. He then ignored a federal judge's order to stop.
He was convicted of criminal contempt for that in July. But Trump pardoned him.
The immigration firebrand's entrance into the Arizona race could have far-reaching consequences for the party, as Arpaio's views will likely receive an outsize megaphone. It will likely mean that immigration — and conservative hard-line views on the subject — will dominate a Republican primary in a state that is now almost a third Latino and in a country where Hispanics are gaining increasing clout politically nationally.