The man known as "America's toughest sheriff" made a stop in San Diego Thursday night.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was speaking at the Mission Valley Marriott on immigration.
San Diego Police and hotel staff increased security for the visit, not only because the sheriff is a controversial figure, but because of the recent deadly shooting in Tucson, Arizona that injured Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
"We have enough officers on hand along with the security from the hotel to deal with anything that happens, but usually in these cases it's a peaceful protest," said SDPD Lt. Dan Stewart.
About 50 people showed up to protest Arpaio's visit, as well as about a dozen people who support the law enforcer.
"I do not believe brown people should be criminalized as illegal and be unwelcome in this country simply because they want to come here to support themselves and their families," said Indiana Rogers.
Protestors shouted that Arpaio is a racist and unwelcome in San Diego.
Dan, who called himself "gadget dan the minuteman," held a sign saying "stop illegal immigration."
"We've got to do something. Our borders are wide open," he said. "I'm trying to wake up the American people, they're asleep at the wheel."
Before he spoke to a crowd of about 100, Sheriff Arpaio came out to greet his protestors.
The Border Angels held a candlelight vigil, saying they disagreed with Arpaio, but wanted to pray for him and protest in a peaceful way.
President Enrique Morones challenged Sheriff Arpaio to a debate. The sheriff agreed and invited Morones to come to Arizona and talk with him at his office.
The conversation was peaceful, which Arpaio thanked Morones for, but he also said that people need to vote if they want things to change.
"Let me tell you something. If you don't like what I'm doing now, get the law changed," Arpaio said.
"That's what we're working on," said Morones.
Sheriff Arpaio tried to talk to those protestors who were shouting that he was a racist, but eventually gave up. He told FOX-5 that if the people let him talk he would tell them that he is not a racist, that he is following the law.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times