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Obama Tries To Stop Sheriff Joe Arpaio

From an approving Wall Street Journal:


Arizona Sheriff’s Powers Cut

By MIRIAM JORDAN

OCTOBER 7, 2009

The Obama administration is curbing the powers of an Arizona sheriff who has led one of the most contentious fights against illegal immigrants.

Under an agreement involving local enforcement of federal immigration law, Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies will no longer have the authority to arrest suspected illegal immigrants in the streets in the course of their duty.

A senior official with Immigration & Customs Enforcement flew to Phoenix late last month with the revised agreement, which the sheriff signed late last week.

Homeland Security announced in July that all localities participating in the enforcement program — more than 60 from Alabama to California — would have to sign revised enforcement deals by Oct. 15. Unlike others participating in the program, Mr. Arpaio will be restricted to determining the immigration status of inmates booked into Maricopa County jails. Vincent Picard, an ICE spokesman in Phoenix, declined to comment. ICE is a unit of the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Arpaio was an early participant in a federal immigration program that enlists and trains local police to identify suspected criminal aliens in jails and on the streets. The program, known as 287g, is designed to target drug dealers, gang members and human smugglers.

Since February 2007, Mr. Arpaio has arrested about 30,000 illegal immigrants who were booked into jails in his county. The street-enforcement component, the most contentious portion of the program, resulted in the apprehension of far fewer people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

Human-rights activists have said Mr. Arpaio’s officers engaged in racial profiling and found pretexts, such as broken tail lights, to arrest undocumented residents of the Phoenix area. The Department of Justice is investigating whether officers used skin color as a pretense to stop Hispanics. Mr. Arpaio has said that his actions were in line with the law.

"They took away my authority on the streets. That doesn’t matter because I will still pursue illegals on the streets of Maricopa utilizing the authority I have as the elected official," Mr. Arpaio said Tuesday in an interview.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ordered a comprehensive review of the 287g program shortly after taking office.

A person close to the Obama administration said some DHS officials had been hoping Mr. Arpaio would withdraw from the program altogether when confronted with a watered-down version.

Mr. Arpaio, a headline-grabbing elected official in his fifth term, said: "They thought I wasn’t going to sign it. I signed it."

This action comes just a couple 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.

And so by curtailing Mr. Arpaio, who is probably one of the few local officers actually enforcing our immigration laws, Mr. Obama is telling his constituents that their message was received loud and clear.

(And this move comes after yesterday’s announcement that illegals will no longer be locked up up jails, if and when they are detained by federal authorities.)

"They took away my authority on the streets. That doesn’t matter because I will still pursue illegals on the streets of Maricopa utilizing the authority I have as the elected official," Mr. Arpaio said Tuesday in an interview.

Let’s hope Mr. Arpaio is right.

But we no longer live in a country where the states have any authority.

By the way, the New York Times called Mr. Arpaio’s press conference “an angry, rambling outburst.”

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Obama Tries To Stop Sheriff Joe Arpaio”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “But we no longer live in a country where the states have any authority.”

    Perhaps if the government schools stopped teaching kids that the Civil War was fought over slavery and was really a state’s rights issue, we wouldn’t be having this problem.

    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. After all, isn’t Obama supposed to be the second coming of Lincoln?

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Why do we haves States at all if the gubbamint is going to step in to dicktate mandates and usurp authority?

    Waaaaay out of bounds there Feds!
    WAY!!

  3. Typical collectivist ideology: Iffen it ain’t centralized, it’s marginalized.

    “Undermine Your Local Sheriff”

    Coming soon to a county near you.

    I think No Sheriff Left Behind is a better idea.

  4. NickB says:

    Well! We certainly can’t arrest, detain, and deport CERTAIN Democratic voters now, can we? ;)

  5. Tater Salad says:

    The voters of Arizona and Maricopa County will back the Sheriff 100%. Believe me, if the Democrats get their way on this one, Arizona will be 100% Republican next election.

  6. Tater Salad says:

    Where’s Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton on this one below:

    The animals pictured below; car-jacked, then raped Christopher Newsom, cut off his penis, then set him on fire and fatally shot him several times while they forced his girlfriend, Channon Christian, to watch. An even more cruel fate awaited her!

    Channon Christian was beaten and gang-raped in many ways for four days by all of them, while they took turns urinating on her. Then they cut off her breasts and put chemicals in her mouth… And then murdered her.

    PERPS:

    Knoxville (WVLT) – The District Attorney General of Knox County announced the list of charges facing now five suspects in the double murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom…

    The District Attorney General Randy Nichols is not saying whether or not he will seek the death penalty, but he does say the State will seek conviction for all charges filed in a 24-page indictment from the Knox County Grand Jury.

    Lemaricus Davidson, 25 , faces a total of 46 charges.

    Letalvis Cobbins, 24 , faces a total of 46 charges.

    George Thomas, 24 , faces a total of 46 charges.

    Vanessa Coleman, 18 , faces 40 Tennessee state charges.

    Eric Boyd, 24 , also arrested in connection with the fatal car jacking, only faces federal charges as an accessory after the fact.

    SO!!!!!

    Where’s Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? Are they providing counsel and help to the families of the victims?

    Of course not – the victims were white

    Why hasn’t this received National coverage by the news media like the Duke ‘rape’ case?

    Oh, that’s right – the victims were white

    Why hasn’t the NAACP, ACLU, New York Times etc., called for an investigation?

    Must be cause the victims were white

    Why hasn’t the FBI been called in to investigate this as a hate crime?

    Oh, that’s right – the victims were white’

    So, if a white radio shock jock uses the phrase ‘Nappy headed’, it gets 2 weeks of constant news coverage.

    If two white people are tortured, raped, and murdered by a group of black people, it barely gets a blip in the news.

    Pass this around, and maybe, just maybe, it will land in the hands of someone in the media or politics, that has the guts to stand up for the white people!! Or don’t because you don’t have the guts either!!

  7. proreason says:

    There is no need anymore to grapple with religion and philosophy to come up with moral guidelines in a complex and changing world.

    Just watch what the Moron does.

    And do the opposite.

    At least he is good for something.

  8. TwilightZoned says:

    “We must squelch any conservative thinking or abiding of our nations laws.” exclaimed Barry.

  9. Confucius says:

    Human-rights activists have said Mr. Arpaio’s officers engaged in racial profiling and found pretexts, such as broken tail lights, to arrest undocumented residents of the Phoenix area. The Department of Justice is investigating whether officers used skin color as a pretense to stop Hispanics. Mr. Arpaio has said that his actions were in line with the law.

    Yeah, skin color and broken tail lights are so yesterday. Here’s a better way:

    Look at their cell phone and see which button is worn out, “1” or “2”?

  10. AZGrown says:

    America home of the FREE….. where its legal to be illegal but let us go to their countries and ask for their rights hmmmmmmmmmmmm whatta ya think will happen there??
    63,846,619 give or take a few~ This is what happens when stupid people vote !!

  11. AZGrown says:

    DUH!!


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