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Obama's war on Sheriff Joe Arpaio
American Thinker ^ | 08/04/09 | Rick Moran

Posted on 08/04/2009 8:07:47 PM PDT by freespirited

 
You may have heard of Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has been a one man border enforcement machine - doing the job the feds refuse to do.

Well, Joe got himself in a spot of trouble with Obama administration immigration enforcement officials at Homeland Security by rounding up 13 illegal immigrants and trying to deliver them to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

One would think that ICE would be grateful to Sheriff Joe for doing their work for them. Not according to this editorial in the Washington Times. It seems that in the end, Joe was forced to let the illegals go - and ICE lied about the reason why:

Sheriff Arpaio blamed ICE. However, Matthew Chandler, Washington-based spokesman for the federal Department of Homeland Security (ICE's parent agency), issued a statement saying that "the determination to release these individuals lies solely within the [sheriff's office].... [On July 23], ICE gave the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office permission to interview the three individuals in question, arrest, and initiate removal proceedings -- instead Sheriff Arpaio released them." Homeland Security's story doesn't pan out. The sheriff's deputies taped the calls to ICE. The recordings show that ICE repeatedly refused permission to take custody of the illegals.

"Right now we cannot authorize you to take her into custody," an ICE official said to one deputy about a woman who had admitted to being illegal. On another call, ICE said: "The only way we can [authorize detainment] is if he has a criminal record." A frustrated deputy replied, "We're just gonna kick him loose then." ICE said: "OK."

The obvious misinformation from the administration might be dismissed ordinarily as a spokesman's one-time goof except that it follows a pattern of misbehavior by Obama appointees that seems intended to undercut the controversial sheriff. On May 29, Arpaio attorney Robert N. Driscoll, former chief of staff at the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, sent a complaint letter to both Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. His letter, amply documented, accuses the two federal departments of "a serious violation of ethical standards of conduct" with regard to three federal "investigations" into Sheriff Arpaio's practices.

Within weeks of Obama taking office, three separate federal investigations were begun by the feds looking into Sheriff Joe's administration. And now we have Homeland Security lying through its teeth and trying to blame him for them not doing their job?

Not much politicizing going on in law enforcement, huh?




TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; homelandsecurity; illegals; immigrantlist; joearpaio; obama
Only fools mess with Joe.
1 posted on 08/04/2009 8:07:47 PM PDT by freespirited
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To: freespirited

We are doomed.


2 posted on 08/04/2009 8:18:56 PM PDT by FreepShop1
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To: freespirited

Careful Joe, Obama might come out and say you are acting stupidly. You may want to get your order in for what beer you will be having at the whitehouse.


3 posted on 08/04/2009 8:19:37 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: missnry

Joe should send him some pink boxers.


4 posted on 08/04/2009 8:21:03 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: freespirited

Perhaps Joe should arrest 0bama. Some of those Mexicans have stronger paper trails than he does.


5 posted on 08/04/2009 8:23:30 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: freespirited

If one enters the country illegally, doesn’t that establish their criminal record?


6 posted on 08/04/2009 8:25:32 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: presently no screen name
"Joe should send him some pink boxers."

And Joe should make Zer0 camp out on the South Lawn until Zer0 coughs up his real BC.

7 posted on 08/04/2009 8:25:52 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: Trod Upon

LMAO!!!!! You get the crown with that post. Hehehe!


8 posted on 08/04/2009 8:27:33 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama. Clear and Pres__ent Danger.)
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To: freespirited

Joe should be charged with Obstruction of Subversion of National Identity.


9 posted on 08/04/2009 8:28:02 PM PDT by Defiant (Reaganland vs. Obamastan: Let's go our separate ways.)
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To: freespirited

My most serious frustration with Bush was his refusal to even try stopping the flood of illegals across our borders. However, I assumed from the get-go that Obamajammamama would be far worse on that issue, and as time goes on I am beginning to see that my assumption was correct.


10 posted on 08/04/2009 8:32:40 PM PDT by epow (If you can't sleep don't count sheep, talk to the Shepherd.)
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To: BradyLS
If one enters the country illegally, doesn’t that establish their criminal record?

If I have this straight, you have to catch them in the act of crossing the border to charge them criminally. Once they are in the country, it is a civil violation ("unlawful presence"). It carries no jail time; the penalty is simply deportation.

When I first learned this, it really bothered me but as I thought about it, I concluded it's actually for the better. If unlawful presence were criminalized, we'd have to spend a fortune on public defenders, incarceration, appeals, more complex criminal trials, etc. Bottom line: deporting illegals would take even longer than it does now.

11 posted on 08/04/2009 8:34:12 PM PDT by freespirited (The Surgeon General has determined that Harry and Louise are dangerous to your health.)
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To: freespirited

That’s a good point.


12 posted on 08/04/2009 8:39:47 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: freespirited
It carries no jail time; the penalty is simply deportation.

Feds ill not let Joe deport them. Just catch and release. Kind of like fishing.

:(

13 posted on 08/04/2009 8:42:06 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: BradyLS

Don’t deport’em. Shoot them and hang their carcases on the fence as a warning.


14 posted on 08/04/2009 8:43:22 PM PDT by Slimey
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To: Irish Eyes

ill=will


15 posted on 08/04/2009 8:43:31 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: BradyLS
If one enters the country illegally, doesn’t that establish their criminal record?

Oh, certainly not! That makes them "undocumented workers." It sounds like such a simple matter with that term, as if they're just missing some documents due to misplacing them or some government SNAFU.

16 posted on 08/04/2009 8:48:37 PM PDT by ElectronVolt
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To: freespirited
If I have this straight, you have to catch them in the act of crossing the border to charge them criminally. Once they are in the country, it is a civil violation ("unlawful presence"). It carries no jail time; the penalty is simply deportation.

You don't have it straight.

Entering the Country at other than an official entry point or without the proper papers is a crime with a penalty of 6 months in prison. A second violation is a felony with a penalty of 2 years in prison. A person does not have to be caught crossing the border to be charged with this crime although it would be easier to prove if they were.

It's amazing that after all of the dialog about illegal aliens there is still so much misunderstanding.

It's clear, regardless what idiots like Giuliani have said, that illegal aliens are criminals, and many are felons, just by the act of entering this Country illegally.

17 posted on 08/04/2009 8:56:56 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Paladin2

According to Larry Sinclair, Obama already wears pink boxers.


18 posted on 08/04/2009 9:55:12 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (ELECTION 2010 IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF OUR LIFETIME! If you have to ask why, UR part of the problem!)
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To: freespirited
"Listen you Chicago Punk Thugs!!! I've handled MUCH worse than your likes!"
19 posted on 08/04/2009 10:00:57 PM PDT by 444Flyer (The Lord is a warrior, the Lord is His name.-Exodus 15:3)
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To: 444Flyer
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time in Sheriff Joe's jurisdiction...no...don't do it.
20 posted on 08/04/2009 10:05:54 PM PDT by 444Flyer (The Lord is a warrior, the Lord is His name.-Exodus 15:3)
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To: Trod Upon

Perhaps Joe should arrest 0bama. Some of those Mexicans have stronger paper trails than he does.

LOL!!!!!


21 posted on 08/04/2009 10:22:25 PM PDT by Tejava
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To: freespirited

Might be an interesting standoff if Joe tells the feds and obammy to go to hell.


22 posted on 08/05/2009 2:00:37 AM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: Prokopton; freespirited; BradyLS
"there is still so much misunderstanding"

I don't know if I understand, but I thought:

Illegal entry was a misdemeanor punishable by fines, jail, and deportation, while illegal re-entry is a felony punishable by fines, jail, and deportation, while illegal presence was a civil violation punishable by fines, jail, and deportation.

Keep in mind that these are federal laws and have nothing to do with the county sheriff

But, Maricopa County, AZ has a law unique to the state and the nation.

The County Attorney, Andrew Thomas, interpreted a state law making human smuggling a felony to include any illegal who paid a smuggler(coyote) to bring him in. Under this interpretation, the illegal, by paying the smuggler, had entered into a conspiracy with the smuggler and had committed a felony.

When Sheriff Joe arrests an illegal on this charge, the county attorney usually pleads the illegal down to a misdemeanor and time served. Occasionally he will charge an illegal with the felony but gives him unsupervised release with an order to appear, but of course he doesn't.

Ice is not going to take these conspiracy felons.

23 posted on 08/05/2009 5:04:22 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: freespirited

They forced him to let them go and then blamed him for letting them go?


24 posted on 08/05/2009 6:25:50 AM PDT by RoadTest (I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.)
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ping


25 posted on 08/05/2009 8:49:30 AM PDT by gubamyster
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To: freespirited

Most loal police chiefs in Major cities will tell you the Fed Gov will not do their job. ICE even refuses to run the names submitted through their databases.A large merto area is damn if they do or damned if they do not participate in ICE training. One, it takes cops off the street to fight violent crime. Two, even if the cops arest them, ICE will not check them and often refuses to do anything. Add the sactuary cities. Next, even illegals in prison who are reported to ICE are often never checked in ICE’s database.

ICE is a damn joke IMHO.


26 posted on 08/05/2009 10:40:16 AM PDT by Lumper20
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