Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio to Endorse Perry

by Katrina Trinko

Rick Perry, who has been criticized harshly for his “no heart” comment regarding those who oppose in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants, is getting an unexpected boost on the immigrant front. From ABC NewsArlette Saenz

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” will endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry next week, a source with knowledge of the endorsement told ABC News.

Arpaio espouses a hard-line stance on illegal immigration, leading raids to round up and jail illegal immigrants, and was a major proponent of the controversial Arizona immigration law. Perry has spoken with Arpaio several times over the phone since entering the presidential race.

Arpaio, a much sought after endorsement in the GOP field, plans to campaign with Perry in New Hampshire next week, the source said.

Michele Bachmann was among those who courted Arpaio. In the last election cycle, Arpaio endorsed Mitt Romney, who has harshly criticized Perry for his immigration views.

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