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Sheriff Arpaio Sweeps For Illegal Aliens

From an outraged Associated Press:

Ariz. sheriff launches immigration sweep


SURPRISE, Ariz. — An Arizona sheriff known for cracking down on people who are in the country illegally launched a crime and immigration sweep in northwestern metro Phoenix on Friday, a half day after officials in Washington limited his powers to make federal immigration arrests…

"It doesn’t bother me, because we are going to do the same thing," said Arpaio, whose deputies had arrested 16 people by Friday evening on unspecified charges. "I am the elected sheriff. I don’t take orders from the federal government."

"He is doing this to thumb his nose at the Obama administration," said Lydia Guzman, president of the Hispanic civil rights group Somos America.

The sweeps have discouraged some Hispanics who have witnessed or been victims of crime to refuse to call Arpaio’s deputies, for fear of mistreatment, Guzman said.

Observers who are part of Guzman’s group fanned out across the area of the sweeps with video cameras to record exchanges between deputies and motorists.

Arpaio said volunteers will use cameras owned by his agency to video-record deputies so viewers can see for themselves that they weren’t doing anything wrong. Arpaio responded angrily to a question during a news conference about the costs of the cameras, saying they were paid through seizures in drug cases. "Dope peddlers bought the cameras," Arpaio said.

A dozen anti-Arpaio protesters yelled throughout the news conference. At one point, they chanted: "Order equals K-K-K — here’s what Arpaio has to say." …

Arpaio said the Bush administration had no complaints about his use of the special federal powers, but all that has changed with the Obama administration.

"What’s changed?" Arpaio asked. "Politics has changed, because they don’t like us going on the streets to catch illegals." ..

Go, Sherriff Joe!

We are a nation of laws, not a nation of men.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, October 17th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Sheriff Arpaio Sweeps For Illegal Aliens”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “I thumb my nose at dingleBarry and all of his Federal jackboot thugs who except the office they are in but refuse to carry out their duties of office”

  2. VMAN says:

    GO JOE!!!!!!!!!

  3. Lurkin_no_mo says:

    Joe for PREZ in’12!

  4. therightside says:

    God Love you Joe!!! Save our Country. someone needs to…

  5. beautyofreason says:


    It’s too bad that one of the only men tackling illegal immigration has to distance himself from the federal government because Obama is doing nothing to deal with the 20 million people who are residing in the country illegally – including a member of his own family.

    I am getting pretty tired of so many people in this country who cannot speak English and have no interest in our culture.


    Go JOE GO!!

    America’s Sheriff Rides Again!

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I lived in Arizona for over 20 years. Half of that in Maricopa County. Always had a high regard for Joe. Made the prison into a prison, instead of a daycare center. Took away their porn and cable TV except for channels that promoted learning. Made them wear the pink underwear and the striped suits. At that we thought he was a little off, but it worked. Anyone who’s been a prisoner there has said they never want to go back and are interested in making sure they stay out.

    That’s what I call motivation.

    Conversely, look at what “the boy” does with regard to prisoners of war.

    Anyone else see a problem here?

  8. canary says:

    Lydia Guzman needs to become an American citizens and learn the laws. Obama has ignored George Bush’s signed bill for federal aid in the border states, but then goes after Sheriff Joe, because Obama is prejudiced and a racist. Wait til Obama puts the Mexicans in camps to work for ACORN and czars.

  9. Yarddog1 says:

    If other public officials has a set of balls they would follow Joe’s lead. The “O” Hole and his entire administration, including our Congress of Fools, are ignoring the American people and their will, law and the Constitution. It is past time for local and state governments to tell them, not NO but HELL NO when they attempt to meddle in a state’s business. But the spineless governors and other public officials like sucking on the public teat. It will be left to the people to reclaim liberty and the Constitution. Many of us are extremely tired of opression.

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