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Sheriff Arpaio's letter to Al Sharpton
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office ^ | April 13, 2009 | Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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.

Sincerely,

(signature)

Joe Arpaio
Sheriff, Maricopa County


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; arizona; arpaio; democrats; enforcementworks; illegalimmigration; illegals; immigrantlist; immigration; sharpton; sheriffjoe; shutupal; spartansixdelta
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I am SO proud to work with this man!
1 posted on 04/14/2009 11:51:33 AM PDT by Tarantulas
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To: Tarantulas
I live in Texas, but boy oh boy, I wish Texas had a few guys like this Sheriff.

He has my respect and admiration and I fully support his letter to Al.

2 posted on 04/14/2009 11:54:00 AM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (We the people, ..... never)
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To: Tarantulas

Why does anyone EVER listen to Al Sharpton???


3 posted on 04/14/2009 11:54:39 AM PDT by SandWMan (While you may not be able to legislate morality, you can legislate morally.)
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To: Tarantulas

Woo Hoo. He reminds me of my grandpa. Just told like it was and I respected that man more than anyone I have known.


4 posted on 04/14/2009 11:55:18 AM PDT by GoCards
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To: Tarantulas

“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.”

Beautiful!


5 posted on 04/14/2009 11:55:45 AM PDT by 1035rep ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: Tarantulas

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.


6 posted on 04/14/2009 11:56:00 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Tarantulas

Hehehehe. Got to love Sheriff Joe. Fine man.


7 posted on 04/14/2009 11:56:38 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Tarantulas

What a wonderful American. Our country needs men and women like him, leading it.


8 posted on 04/14/2009 11:56:41 AM PDT by Minn. 4 Bush
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To: Tarantulas
I am equally proud that he works for me, Joe Ordinary Citizen who works & pays taxes (on time, thank you).

I stopped listening to Hannity because he's just so buddy-buddy with the Racist Reverend.

9 posted on 04/14/2009 11:57:52 AM PDT by kromike
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To: SandWMan

The media is corrupt.


10 posted on 04/14/2009 11:57:58 AM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: Tarantulas
I am SO proud to work with this man!

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.

11 posted on 04/14/2009 11:57:59 AM PDT by TurtleUp (Turtle up: cancel optional spending until 2012, and boycott TARP/stimulus companies forever!)
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To: Tarantulas

How dare he confront his accusers!

That’s RACIST!


12 posted on 04/14/2009 11:58:16 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Tarantulas

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.


13 posted on 04/14/2009 11:58:51 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: Tarantulas

Geez, he writes like FReeper. LOL

Sheriff Joe, what’s your screamname?


14 posted on 04/14/2009 11:58:51 AM PDT by papasmurf (Save us from 0bama, I prayed. Then I heard, "the 2nd, I saved")
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To: Tarantulas
Eloquent and direct. Sharpton is a publicity whore. Ditto for Conyers. Typical black, socialist shakedown artists.
15 posted on 04/14/2009 11:58:55 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: BornToBeAmerican
Priceless, Joe put a shot across Sharpton's bow (and a very large bow at that), I don't think Reverend Sharpton will be going to visit Sheriff Arpaio.
16 posted on 04/14/2009 12:02:01 PM PDT by Rumplemeyer
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To: Tarantulas

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:)
http://www.mcso.org/index.php?a=GetModule&mn=Special_Announce

That said - from today’s update on the MCSO site:
Illegal Immigration Stats to Date
MCSO Under the State law
# Arrests by Sheriff’s deputies of persons transporting or being transported illegally into Arizona: 1,289

Under the Federal law
# Arrests by Sheriff’s deputies who, in the course of their duties, determine the arrestee is in Arizona illegally: 1,642

ICE “Holds”
# Each inmate booked is interviewed for immigration status. Sheriff’s 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...


17 posted on 04/14/2009 12:02:39 PM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: Tarantulas
Joe Arpaio for PRESIDENT! ! ! ! !

V537

18 posted on 04/14/2009 12:03:00 PM PDT by DeaconRed (The Situation is 100 Times worse than we ever imagined. BO Has Got to GO! ! ! FUBO)
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To: Tarantulas

Public-office-holding conservatives, take notes! THIS is how you deal with moonbat loudmouths!


19 posted on 04/14/2009 12:06:25 PM PDT by Sister_T (The Obama Administration = EPIC FAIL!)
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To: SandWMan

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.


20 posted on 04/14/2009 12:07:27 PM PDT by texrepub76
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To: windcliff

Sheriff Joe 2012!!


21 posted on 04/14/2009 12:08:30 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (The black man is keeping me down!)
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To: Tarantulas

Just outstanding!!


22 posted on 04/14/2009 12:09:35 PM PDT by bfree (Obamie the Commie-- FBO)
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To: Tarantulas

“...a man like yourself — a reverend — who famously preaches from the church pulpit...”

As if this whack job has ever stood behind a pulpit in his life. He and Jesse Jackson call themselves “Rev.”, but are not preachers or pastors; they do not preach.


23 posted on 04/14/2009 12:09:42 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Understated

Just thought you might like to read this


24 posted on 04/14/2009 12:10:46 PM PDT by DeLaine (the POTUS needs to born in the USA. 0bama has no idea whose side he’s on. We are under occupation.)
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To: Tarantulas
Surely, a man like yourself -- a reverend -- who famously preaches from the church pulpit ..
I could be wrong but I don't think 'Rev Al' ever had a church or a pulpit to preach from. IIRC he's always been a 'community organizer'. Annnnnnd I believe 'reverend' Al became a 'reverend' the same way me and my buddy Dennis did in 1973.

We sent in $20.00 to a place (church) in Tennessee and got our ordination papers as 'Reverends' about a week later. For another $20.00 we could have become Bishops.

this is totally legal and if I registered with the county I live in I could perform everything from Baptisms to Marriages.

25 posted on 04/14/2009 12:11:31 PM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Tarantulas; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

“Come and Get Some”...Ping!


26 posted on 04/14/2009 12:11:43 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support Our Troops ~ www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil ~)
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To: Tarantulas

What a breather in an atmosphere filled with smoke & mirrors.


27 posted on 04/14/2009 12:12:55 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: BornToBeAmerican

Same here.


28 posted on 04/14/2009 12:13:24 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Welcome to 0bama's America... Be afraid, be very afraid)
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To: Tarantulas

That was an articulate, well-reasoned, measured respond to the Rev. Loudmouth.

Beautiful.


29 posted on 04/14/2009 12:14:49 PM PDT by HEM
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To: Tarantulas
The pride of Fall River, second only to Emril.
30 posted on 04/14/2009 12:15:09 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The age of 0bama: the transient ischemic delusions of adequacy decade.)
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To: Tarantulas

I know it’s a ways off, but...
Has the sheriff started grooming a replacement for the time when he is too old to run for reelection?


31 posted on 04/14/2009 12:16:17 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support Our Troops ~ www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil ~)
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To: Tarantulas

Sharpton is a hate monger, a nazi in fat man’s clothes. Whites are his jews in his obsessive compulsive complex.


32 posted on 04/14/2009 12:16:35 PM PDT by junta (Not even respectable mainstream conservatives can save liberalism.)
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To: MayflowerMadam
As if this whack job has ever stood behind a pulpit in his life. He and Jesse Jackson call themselves “Rev.”, but are not preachers or pastors; they do not preach.

Really? Well hell, I looked at the stock market earlier today. I hereby dub myself an economist!

33 posted on 04/14/2009 12:17:40 PM PDT by Zeppelin
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To: Tarantulas
While your public outcries are colorful...

Uh-oh...

-PJ

34 posted on 04/14/2009 12:18:19 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: Tarantulas

I’ve said it before on here (and elsewhere)—and I’m serious:

Joe Arpaio and John Bolton—in either order-for POTUS and VPOTUS.

It could be said perhaps that Sherrif Joe does not have top-level executive experience, or foreign policy experience, but I don’t agree that it’s a dealbreaker—and after Hillary! and BO have been considered candidates—no one can ever be viewed as not experienced compared to those two.


35 posted on 04/14/2009 12:19:21 PM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (How to make a small fortune in the Obama era--first, start off with a big fortune....)
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To: Tarantulas

Rev. Al should be joining with the sheriff in fighting illegal immigration, since so many American blacks are hurt by it. It’s an upside-down world.


36 posted on 04/14/2009 12:21:48 PM PDT by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: Tarantulas

BTW, when you stand up to Al and Jessuh-like Sheriff Joe, Jackie Mason, and T. J Rodgers(one of the best executives in America-Google him)and fight back without apology—the two creeps fold up like an accordian. More people should be doing this.


37 posted on 04/14/2009 12:22:48 PM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (How to make a small fortune in the Obama era--first, start off with a big fortune....)
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To: Tarantulas

My letter to Sharpton would be a lot shorter. Two words.


38 posted on 04/14/2009 12:24:00 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Zeppelin

“I hereby dub myself an economist!”

OK! Congrats!


39 posted on 04/14/2009 12:25:01 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: DieHard the Hunter

I would like to see pictures :) I like Joe, doesn’t put up with anyone’s $h!t.


40 posted on 04/14/2009 12:25:31 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: Tarantulas

Palin and Arpaio 2012.


41 posted on 04/14/2009 12:25:32 PM PDT by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: Tarantulas

Maybe we can all go to Alaska, secede, and live in a country run by Sarah and Jo? I should wake up. I’m sure the DOH will be banging on my door shortly....lol.


42 posted on 04/14/2009 12:26:16 PM PDT by ChinaThreat (3)
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To: Tarantulas

You are so lucky


43 posted on 04/14/2009 12:26:31 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Myrddin
Eloquent and direct. Sharpton is a publicity whore. Ditto for Conyers. Typical black, socialist shakedown artists.

No Black Supremacists but they get a pass by the racist Government.

44 posted on 04/14/2009 12:26:31 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Osamabama Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Voter#537

Now is a very good idea. I would definately consider him.


45 posted on 04/14/2009 12:27:25 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Voter#537

He knows law and order.


46 posted on 04/14/2009 12:27:48 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Glenn

This

“While your public outcries are colorful”

will be twisted as racist.


47 posted on 04/14/2009 12:29:35 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, Bowman later)
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To: Condor51

A conservative black man told me what a “community organizer” really is.

They are government program pimps. They set things up so that you have to go through them in order to get your gov’t handout, and demand that you show “proper respect” in order to do so.


48 posted on 04/14/2009 12:31:15 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, Bowman later)
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To: kromike
I stopped listening to Hannity because he's just so buddy-buddy with the Racist Reverend.

I stopped because he loved himself (Hannity) too much, and his spine is 'way too flexible.

49 posted on 04/14/2009 12:31:40 PM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: ChinaThreat

Texas is warmer, and more likely to have a secessionist mentality.


50 posted on 04/14/2009 12:32:14 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, Bowman later)
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