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Controversial Arizona sheriff speaks in Ramona

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RAMONA (CBS 8) - Controversial Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was in Ramona Saturday for a town hall forum. 

Arpaio -- who is known for his tough stance on immigration -- was met by dozens of protesters at Saturday's event.

Protesters criticized him saying he's a racist and claimed his supporters attacked them as sheriff's deputies stood by and watched. But inside, an estimated 500 people packed into Ramona's main stage.

Dubbed "America's Toughest Sheriff," he's known for a tent city jail and making inmates wear pink underwear.

As far as immigration goes, he doesn't believe in amnesty, saying current laws need to be enforced and citizens have to get involved.

"You have to get out there, either one by one or together, and get the message out there because that's the only thing going to save America," Arpaio said. 

The Ramona tea party organized the event saying it's the largest forum they've had in five years.

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