Skip to comments.Sheriff Arpaio's letter to Al Sharpton
Posted on 04/14/2009 11:51:33 AM PDT by Tarantulas
Reverend Al Sharpton
106 West 145th Street
Harlem, New York City, New York 10039
Fax: 212 690 3070
Dear Reverend Sharpton:
I have read about you with much interest since learning of the protest you plan to lead against me in Maricopa County in June as a way to force my resignation or removal from office.
Your public proclamation leads me to the conclusion: not only do you not understand Arizona; you also do not understand democracy. As the elected Sheriff who, so far has been elected to five consecutive four-year terms, I answer to the four million residents of Maricopa County. I do not answer to the whims of the media, or locally and nationally elected officials who want open borders and who have their own agendas. Nor do I answer to a publicity hound outside interloper who has demonstrated no interest in looking for the truth before making loud uninformed noises.
While your public outcries are colorful, there are several instances where you have inserted yourself into other people's affairs without knowing any of the facts. Poor judgment has caused you plenty of trouble in the past and promises to do so again. Most earnest people want to learn by their mistakes. You seem to glory in repeating them.
I would like to help you avoid further embarrassment by assisting in your understanding of the illegal immigration problem here in my county. When and if you do make the trip here, I invite you to call me to talk about these false allegations.
We can discuss how my deputies are extensively trained by the federal government to properly combat illegal immigration and how the laws of this state allow this Sheriff's Office to question and investigate the immigration status of those people deputies detain in the course of our everyday law enforcement duties.
Don't make the same mistake made by the four Democratic Congressmen calling for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of this office. They and other politicians relied solely on media reports and anti-law enforcement handouts that are replete with inaccuracies. They have brainwashed a handful of local residents to believe these lies. Rest assured that the men and women of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office do not racially profile anyone.
However, we do enforce the state and federal illegal immigration laws. And we will continue to do so as long as these laws are on the books. You can parachute into town, stomp your feet up and down and hold more press conferences against me -- that is a hallmark of democracy too -- but you will not stop me, nor slow me down for one second, from doing what is right.
Before you bring your circus to town and take to our streets by marching against this Sheriff, let's get you fully informed for a change. Congressman John Conyers did not have the courtesy to respond to my invitation to visit with me personally. I hope you will consider my invitation. Surely, a man like yourself -- a reverend -- who famously preaches from the church pulpit understands the infinite wisdome of these words: You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. Let's talk about the truth, Reverend. I await your response.
Sheriff, Maricopa County
He has my respect and admiration and I fully support his letter to Al.
Why does anyone EVER listen to Al Sharpton???
Woo Hoo. He reminds me of my grandpa. Just told like it was and I respected that man more than anyone I have known.
“While your public outcries are colorful, there are several instances where you have inserted yourself into other people’s affairs without knowing any of the facts. Poor judgment has caused you plenty of trouble in the past and promises to do so again. Most earnest people want to learn by their mistakes. You seem to glory in repeating them.”
Joe Arpaio is leading the fight against illegal immigration in our state, and Janet Napolitano was totally against him when she was here.
Seems news has been brought to Washington against him. He doesn’t go along with their programs.
Hehehehe. Got to love Sheriff Joe. Fine man.
What a wonderful American. Our country needs men and women like him, leading it.
I stopped listening to Hannity because he's just so buddy-buddy with the Racist Reverend.
The media is corrupt.
As a former resident of a western state, now a resident of as east coast People's Republic, I wish the East could raise men like this sheriff.
How dare he confront his accusers!
It would be Hell Funny if Sharpton committed an offense whilst in Maricopa County, necessitating his arrest and detention by Sheriff Arpaio. I bet he’d look great in pink.
Geez, he writes like FReeper. LOL
Sheriff Joe, what’s your screamname?
Great post, great letter, but...
Links to PDF files = badddddd mojo.
So many different versions out there exist in service that problems are rampant.
In the future please either post a link to the page containing the link or an HTML version...
(Link to page containing the PDF link if anyone doesn;t want to open the actual letter, but would like to verify that is in fact real:)
That said - from today’s update on the MCSO site:
Illegal Immigration Stats to Date
MCSO Under the State law
# Arrests by Sheriffs deputies of persons transporting or being transported illegally into Arizona: 1,289
Under the Federal law
# Arrests by Sheriffs deputies who, in the course of their duties, determine the arrestee is in Arizona illegally: 1,642
# Each inmate booked is interviewed for immigration status. Sheriffs detention officers have turned over 23,426 illegal immigrants to Immigration
If half the Sheriffs in the country had this dedication to enforcement we would NOT have the border problem we have, our health insurance would be cheaper, our schools would have greater efficiency, and our taxes would probably be lower due to less demand for social services...
Public-office-holding conservatives, take notes! THIS is how you deal with moonbat loudmouths!
Because someone, somewhere, convinced people they have been wronged and this charlatan is their only hope of retribution. Its one more shining example of how liberal lies are destroying this country. Al his buddy Jesse should be tried for extortion but that would require enforcing the laws of this country.
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