Skip to comments.Arizona sheriff defends his rallying of anti-immigration protesters: ‘I’m not the villain’
Posted on 07/16/2014 5:45:24 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu made national headlines on Tuesday after a group of about 80 people gathered in Oracle, Ariz., to protest the arrival of a bus carrying immigrant children from Central America. Another group of about 50 people showed up to support the children.
Protesters were tipped off by a post to the Pinal County Sheriff Departments Facebook page which said about 40 to 50 children were being transported to the "Sycamore Canyon Boys Ranch" in Oracle, Ariz.
"We already have our hands full fighting the Drug Cartels and Human Smugglers, Babeu wrote in the Facebook post. We don't need unaccompanied juveniles from Central America being flown into Arizona compliments of President Obama. Local residents have every right to be upset and to protest. Our federal government has failed to enforce any immigration laws.
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday morning, Babeu defended his actions, saying any blame should be placed squarely on the federal government, whom he accused of not answering questions about the crisis that has seen an estimated 50,000 undocumented immigrants illegally cross into the U.S. from Latin America so far this year, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.
"My job is to protect the families of my county and not to protect the families of Central Americans," Babeu said during an appearance on CNN's New Day.
Im not the villain here, he added.
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Well said and true.
Tell it Sheriff!!
He’s my sheriff, and drug smugglers use the state highway through our town as the back door to the Phoenix area. I’m sure we will soon see an uptick in illegals here as well.
he needs to stop defending his position and start ridiculing those promoting invasion
Lib websites are apoplectic and are saying the sheriff is inciting anti “immigrant” fanafics