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Sheriff Arpaio offers Hispanic community an olive branch

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Arpaio spent close to $8 million on his campaign to win a 6th term as sheriff. His TV ads introduced voters to the 'Real Joe Arpaio.'

Tuesday night he told viewers he wants to reach out the Latino community he's alienated with his policies.

Can the sheriff mend fences, or is this mission impossible?

Minutes after Joe Arpaio beat out competitor Paul Penzone in the polls, FOX 10 was the first to interview the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America.

Arpaio said he wanted to get closer to Hispanics. But what does that really mean?

We asked Tuesday: "Do we have anything to look forward to this term, anything different that you are going to bring us?"

Sheriff: "I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing. I would like to get closer to the Latino community. If that can ever happen, to explain what we do and try and get a better relationship."

Today, we asked the sheriff how he intends to establish better relationships with Hispanic communities.

"Mutual trust. If I can get that mutual trust and make them understand why I am doing what I'm doing, I think that could be a good thing," Arpaio answered.

"Are you going to continue your crime suppression sweeps?"

Arpaio: "Nothing is going to stop. They may not like to hear that, but have them come to my office so I can explain."

Attorney Antonio Bustamante is reacting to Arpaio's new olive branch.

"We want to get closer to Jewish community, but we are going to keep loading them into box cars," said Bustamante. "That's how it lands on my ears, if he doesn't stop his so-called crime suppression sweeps."

"What he has done is pull over brown people and destroy their lives."

What might those steps be?

"An apology would be nice. Stop calling the undocumented criminals," said Bustamante.

"They do know I will continue to enforce all the illegal immigration laws. Nothing will change until the law changes. I would like to tell them why and how," Arpaio told us. "What will help is to get some type of communication going in a civil manner."

Both people agree the rhetoric has to soften. Arpaio did not outline a plan on how to reach out to the community, but he is open to talking with any Hispanic leaders. Bustamante says he should have no problem finding Latinos to talk to.

Now 80 years old, Arpaio told us he wants to run for a 7th term in 4 years.

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