- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on Arizona’s delegation to the Republican National Convention(all times local):

5:40 p.m.

The longtime sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix fired up the crowd at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland by reminding them of Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

To chants of “build the wall,” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PY’-oh) said Trump will secure the border, “restore law and order and keep drugs and illegal immigrants from entering into our country.”

He also claimed terrorists are coming over the border and causing “massive destruction and mayhem.”

Arpaio was a late addition to Thursday’s convention schedule but the six-term sheriff has been an enthusiastic Trump supporter for the past year and has regularly campaigned for the New York businessman.

Arpaio’s speech came a day after federal judge presiding over a racial profiling case handed down the first round of punishments for Arpaio’s decision to prolong signature immigration patrols after being told to stop. The judge held Arpaio in civil contempt and is considering whether to recommend criminal contempt charges against the 84-year-old sheriff.

1 p.m.

The longtime sheriff of metro Phoenix has snagged a coveted speaking spot on the final night of the Republican National Convention.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday that he’s scheduled to speak before Donald Trump takes the stage.

Arpaio was a late addition to the convention schedule. Arizona Republican Party chairman Robert Graham confirmed Arpaio will speak at 8 p.m. EDT.

The six-term sheriff has been an enthusiastic Trump supporter for the past year and has regularly campaigned for the New York businessman.

A federal judge in Phoenix presiding over a racial profiling case handed down the first round of punishments Wednesday for the lawman’s decision to prolong signature immigration patrols after being told to stop. Arpaio has been found in civil contempt in the case.

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