On the eve of Arizona’s primary, Hillary Clinton railed against the state’s Republican leadership for rejecting federal matching funds for children’s health, for spending too little on schools and for hard-line policies on illegal immigration.
“We are a nation of immigrants and exiles,” she said at a raucous rally in a high school gymnasium. “When I see people like Sheriff [Joe] Arpaio and others who are treating fellow human beings with such disrespect, such contempt, it just makes my heart sink. We are better than that.”
The crowd of about 2,000 booed at the mention of Arpaio, the Maricopa County sheriff who is nationally known for his strident stances on immigration. Arizona is the modern-day epicenter of the nation’s immigration wars, and the presidential candidates in both parties have seized on the issue here ahead of Tuesday’s primary.