America’s Dis-honestest Sheriff

15 Oct 2009 01:24 pm
Posted by: Katie

It’s not like I’m surprised or anything that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio thinks he’s above the law, or that he likes being in the spotlight (refraining from other possible word choices here).  Recently he was on Glenn Beck’s show touting some federal policy that still allows him to conduct immigration sweeps. Turns out, the policy he is citing is NONEXISTENT. The document he is using, that he says is federal law, came from some anti-immigration websites. Shouldn’t the sheriff, who’s job it is to enforce the law, at least know what the law is instead of just making stuff up? Check out the whole story here.

8 Comments

  1. Comment by Donna on October 15, 2009 2:55 pm

    But he’s got a tank and he wants to use it!

  2. Comment by Mark Manoil on October 15, 2009 9:25 pm

    The fake “law” appears to be an interim ploy to maintain a veneer of authority for more publicity events. The reality is that if he proceeds without the 287g agreement we’ll likely see more Sec. 1987 actions against the sheriff and the county, which will add to the millions of liabilities he’s already created for county taxpayers. If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll also see our new U.S. Attorney for Arizona rein him in.

  3. Comment by GooseGander on October 16, 2009 12:29 pm

    Sheriff Joe enforces ALL the laws. Even the ones that don’t exist!

  4. Comment by Alan Scott on October 17, 2009 10:07 am

    Why exactly are you against local law enforcement upholding the law against people who are not legally in this country?

  5. Comment by Katie on October 17, 2009 3:43 pm

    I have no problem with law enforcement upholding the law. I do have a problem when they start making up laws to fit their own agendas.

  6. Comment by Alan Scott on October 17, 2009 5:52 pm

    What does that mean? Are you for illegal immigration? Are you for selective law enforcement?

  7. Comment by Katie on October 17, 2009 6:07 pm

    Um, no. If you read my post or the linked article you would see that Sheriff Joe is using someone’s interpretation of a federal law, rather than a real federal law, to justify his racial profiling crime sweeps where he terrorizes people for being brown and driving w/a busted taillight. He does not have the authority to do what he is doing.

    And, as a tax-paying citizen in Maricopa County, I would prefer that law enforcement, in these tight budget times w/limited resources and all, were using those resources a little more wisely.

  8. Comment by Alan Scott on October 17, 2009 8:29 pm

    I’ve read the article and some others. Is the smuggling of illegal immigrants not a major problem in Maricopa County?

    Wasn’t the Federal ICE agreement with the Maricopa Sheriff’s office only changed when Janet Napolitano took over at Homeland Security?

    Is there not a state law which allows the Sheriff to enforce immigration law?

    Have the efforts to recall the local sheriff because of this issue not failed overwhelmingly?

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