Before more than 1,500 conservatives at a Las Vegas Tea Party Express rally Tuesday, the controversial sheriff said he could help Nevada open its own tent city for detained immigrants without documents.
“I’m the solution but no one wants to listen to me,” Arpaio said. “Everyone talks about ‘secure the border.’ That’s a cop-out. Why don’t we secure the United States of America and lock up these illegals that are already here?”
Arpaio, who is under federal investigation for potential civil rights violations, said the country should send border patrol officers or the army to México to confront immigration at the source. With that country’s permission, of course.
He told the crowd that he was willing to offer these proposals to Obama himself – at the White House, over some “Italian wine.”
The rally was the latest stop in a 15-day tour leading into the hotly contested midterm elections. It wraps up in New Hampshire on Nov. 1.
Arpaio was accompanied by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle, who is in hot water for telling a group of Hispanic high school students that “some of you look a little more Asian to me.”
Angle, whose campaign has aired controversial ads, is in a tight battle against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who supports allowing undocumented immigrants to pursue legal status.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.