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AP: Arpaio Hasn’t Stopped, Despite Ruling

From a foot stomping mad Associated Press:

Arizona sheriff not relenting after court ruling

By Jacques Billeaud And Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Writer

July 30, 2010

PHOENIX – Lost in the hoopla over Arizona’s immigration law is the fact that state and local authorities for years have been doing their own aggressive crackdowns in the busiest illegal gateway into the country. Nowhere in the U.S. is local enforcement more present than in metropolitan Phoenix,

If this is even true, which we doubt, isn’t a large local police presence usually considered to be a good thing? After all, Phoenix is one of the ten most dangerous cities in America.

And perhaps this police presence is what has caused Phoenix’s violent crime rate — murder, rape, assault and robbery — to fall by a third during the past decade and by 17% in just last year.

[W]here Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio routinely carries out sweeps, some in Hispanic neighborhoods, to arrest illegal immigrants.

Oh, we understand now. This ‘police presence’ is enforcing laws that the AP does not want enforced.

The tactics have made him the undisputed poster boy for local immigration enforcement and the anger that so many authorities possess on the issue.

You see, the local authorities are acting out of anger.

"It’s my job," said Arpaio, standing beside a sheriff’s truck that has a number for an immigration hotline written on its side. "I have two state (immigration) laws that I am enforcing. It’s not federal, it’s state." …

In addition to Arpaio’s crackdowns, other efforts include a steady stream of busts by the state and local police of stash houses where smugglers hide illegal immigrants. The state attorney general has taken a money-wiring company to civil court on allegations that smugglers used their service to move money to Mexico. And a county south of Phoenix has its sheriff’s deputies patrol dangerous smuggling corridors

The outrage. Surely these are just people who are trying to make a better life for themselves.

But the king of local immigration enforcement is still Arpaio.

Arpaio, a 78-year-old ex-federal drug agent who fashions himself as a modern-day John Wayne, launched his latest sweep Thursday afternoon, sending about 200 sheriff’s deputies and trained volunteers out across metro Phoenix to look for traffic violators who may be here illegally.

Do the AP reporters have a citation where Mr. Arpaio claimed to be a modern-day John Wayne, or are they mind readers?

Perhaps these ‘journalists’ fashion themselves to be modern-day muckrakers, who just make up their news as they go along.

Deputy Bob Dalton and volunteer Heath Kowacz spotted a driver with a cracked windshield in a poor Phoenix neighborhood near a busy freeway. Dalton triggered the red and blue police lights and pulled over 28-year-old Alfredo Salas, who was born in Mexico but has lived in Phoenix with a resident alien card since 1993.

A “resident alien card” he is required by federal law to carry at all times.

Dalton gave him a warning after Salas produced his license and registration and told him to get the windshield fixed.

Salas, a married father of two who installs granite, told The Associated Press that he was treated well but he wondered whether he was pulled over because his truck is a Ford Lobo.

"It’s a Mexican truck so I don’t know if they saw that and said, ‘I wonder if he has papers or not,’" Salas said. "If that’s the case, it kind of gets me upset."

The outrage! Now the Arizona police are profiling trucks!

However, do note, the one example that the AP offers of proof of these terrible sweeps does not seem to have suffered any damage at all. And there is no evidence of any wrong-doing on the part of the Arizona police.

Sixty percent of the nearly 1,000 people arrested in the sweeps since early 2008 have been illegal immigrants. Thursday’s dragnet led to four arrests, but it wasn’t clear if any of them were illegal immigrants.

Isn’t it possible that sixty percent of the people committing crimes were illegal aliens?

If the purpose of these so-called “dragnets” is to arrest illegal aliens, why are almost half of those arrested not illegal aliens? That is not very effective profiling.

Critics say deputies racially profile Hispanics. Arpaio says deputies approach people only when they have probable cause

How could these deputies profile? They were trained under the federal 287(g) program about people’s civil rights.

Besides, as we have oft noted, illegal is not a race. Illegal is a crime. And, come to think of it, Hispanic is not a race, either.

But all that aside, half of the people in Arizona ‘look Hispanic.’ ‘Profiling’ them would be like trying to profile women, or people who are left handed.

Arpaio feels no reservations about continuing to push the sweeps, even after the federal government stripped his power to let 100 deputies make federal immigration arrests.

As we noted when this happened back in October 2009, this action came just a couple of weeks after the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called on Mr. Obama to terminate the 287(g) program (a pdf file), and two months after La Raza, the ACLU and 521 other pro-amnesty organizations demanded that the program be stopped.

Unable to make arrests under a federal statute, the sheriff instead relied on a nearly 5-year-old state law that prohibits immigrant smuggling.

How backward of Sherriff Arpaio and Arizona to be against trafficking in human beings. Don’t they realize that illegal aliens have a right to traffic in human beings? Where is the NAACP and the ACLU? Where is The Race La Raza?

He has also raided 37 businesses in enforcing a state law that prohibits employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

Which, of course, was once against a federal law, as well. In fact, this law was enacted after the last amnesty. But of course it is no longer enforced by the Obama administration.

"I’m not going to brag," Arpaio said. "Just look at the record. I’m doing what I feel is right for the people of Maricopa County."

Obviously, the AP really thinks this is a damning quote.

Which is really all you need to know about the AP.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AP: Arpaio Hasn’t Stopped, Despite Ruling”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    I am sure the AP meant to use the “John Wayne” name as a smear but……who the hell cares?
    The ‘Duke’ would be proud as am I that Sheriff Joe is a man who is following the law of the land.

    Get some, Joe!!

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I guess in “journalism” school, they teach you how to defeat your own argument by citing examples which counter the point you’re trying to make.

    This author has done an outstanding job of citing why the enforcement of immigration laws is a good thing.

    I’ll bet when they realize that, if they realize that they’ll get the “Homer J Simpson award for reporting”.


  3. wardmama4 says:

    The kicker of this story is that when the UNION bussed in Anti-Immigration Laws protesters to protest in front of Sheriff Joe’s jail – he went out and arrested them (the illegal ones) – and said, how nice of them, they saved me gas!

    Go Joe – Help Save America!

  4. jimreport says:

    Guy is my favorite a-hole. But an a-hole nonetheless. I enjoy reading about his antics, from afar.

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