'Two Americans' documentary makes Phoenix debut, centers around Arpaio, illegal immigration

PHOENIX - Monday marked the Phoenix debut of a documentary on illegal immigration and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

" Two Americans " centers around Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio and his fight against illegal immigration. The film also shares the story of a 9-year-old girl whose parents get arrested by sheriff's deputies for living in the country illegally.

"I think it will provide viewers with a lot of background to understand how we got to where we are," said Valeria Fernandez, one of the film's directors.

The directors hope the film helps paint a clear picture of the struggles some in the Hispanic community face.

"Sheriff Joe does represent a lot of what's wrong with the politics of this debate that's going on around illegal immigration," said director Dan DeVivo.

Arpaio said he will not watch the documentary, which first debuted in Tucson in April, but admits it is a form of free speech. However, he believes the film might not be the most fair or accurate.

"You can work magic in the editor's room," Arpaio said. "I doubt this is an accurate portrayal."

The film aired at the Phoenix Center for the Arts .

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