(EDGE) LGBT civil rights group Human Rights Campaign issued a statement blasting President Donald Trump's late Friday pardoning of controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. 

The move sparred the former sheriff, who has been called racist and anti-LGBTQ, a jail sentence after he was convicted of criminal contempt related to his hard-line tactics in going after undocumented immigrants.

"Joe Arpaio must be held accountable for his long record of violating the civil rights of Maricopa County's Latinx population, and carrying out a hate-filled agenda through extreme racial profiling," said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. 

"During his tenure, Arpaio has attacked nearly every marginalized community, including using anti-LGBTQ schemes to humiliate inmates at his 'Tent City' prison. By pardoning Arpaio, Trump is again aligning himself with his nationalist, racist, anti-LGBTQ supporters -- only two weeks after the violent extremism in Charlottesville." 

More briefly, HRC President Chad Griffin had this to say on Twitter:


HRC notes that Arpaio campaigned against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides much-needed relief for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. DACA allows these young people to come out of the shadows and live fully within their communities -- including 75,000 LGBTQ Dreamers.

Last week, HRC joined Voto Latino by signing a coalition letter sent to President Donald Trump expressing opposition to the potential presidential pardon of Arpaio.