Anti-Defamation League slams Arpaio pardon: 'We stand today with the Latino community'

The Jewish-based organization says its united with the Latino community.

The former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, was pardoned Friday by the president for his conviction on criminal contempt of a federal court order that he stop detaining people based on their immigration status.

Critics of the pardon view the move as a direct affront to Latinos, who were primarily detained.

Other minority communities have since been vocal about being united with the Latino community.

Greenblatt also took the opportunity to "question where President Trump stands on the rule of law."

He said, "Arpaio willfully defied a court order for racially profiling Latinos and now is getting away with it –- a very dangerous precedent. The pardon will foster divisions in our country at a time when we need healing. No doubt anti-immigrant extremists will celebrate this decision, but it is a sad day for Americans who care about justice, equality and strengthening our social fabric.

The ADL has had its eye on Arpaio for a while.

Said Greenblatt, "The Anti-Defamation League has been exposing Joe Arpaio’s extreme anti-immigrant tactics and bigotry for years. He has unlawfully targeted Latinos and intentionally held immigrants in deplorable and humiliating conditions. At the tent city jail he created in Arizona’s sweltering heat – boastfully comparing it to a concentration camp – he humiliated detainees.