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Steven Seagal, Border Vigilante, Considering Arizona's Governor's Seat

Actor Steven Seagal is considering running for the Arizona governor seat (Photo by Kristina Nikishina/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia)
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Steven Seagal is toying with the idea of running for governor of Arizona so he can crack down on border crossings.

The ponytail-swinging Under Siege action star talked to KNXV-TV over the weekend about his potential bid for office, while he was promoting his new reality TV show, Steven Seagal - Lawman: Maricopa County (The Lost Episodes). It looks like he's been discussing the run with BFF and infamous Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The actor has been serving as a deputy sheriff in Maricopa County, Ariz. under Sheriff Arpaio and filming it for the show. (Arpaio is notorious for what some consider is a draconian tough stance on border control).

"Joe Arpaio and me were talking about me running for governor in Arizona, which is kind of a joke, but I suppose I would remotely consider it," Seagal said in the interview. "But probably I would have a lot of other responsibilities that may be important to address."

Seagal revealed he thinks the number one probably facing our country is "open borders":

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"People are talking about, 'Oh, Islamic terrorism in America!' he said. "I don't think it's that at all, I think our biggest problem is open borders."

He then added his vague statistics about undocumented immigrants. "We believe that there are, whether it's 10, 15, 20 percent of them," he said, "are hardened criminals, murderers, rapists, narco-traffickers, people like that."

But hey, Seagal doesn't exactly have the cleanest background either. Back in 2010, he was sued by a woman who claimed the star sexually assaulted her and accused him of sex trafficking. The case was later dropped, but it wasn't clear whether it was settled, according to The Wrap.