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Conyers seeks DoJ probe into controversial sheriff
The Hill ^ | 2/15/09 | Reid Wilson

Posted on 02/15/2009 3:34:34 PM PST by Baladas

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and three fellow Democrats want the Department of Justice to investigate civil rights complaints against controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The lawmakers, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sent Friday, are seeking a probe into reports Arpaio has used skin color as a basis to search for illegal immigrants in Arizona.

Conyers and Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) want to end a federal agreement that allows the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to enforce immigration laws if the allegations turn out to be accurate.

It is hardly the first time Arpaio, sheriff of Arizona's largest county, has attracted criticism from those who take issue with his approach. Last year, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon (D) and several immigrant rights groups called for a similar investigation, according to the Arizona Republic.

Arpaio has been at the center of other national controversies before, including instituting volunteer chain gangs and issuing prisoners pink underwear.

Conyers and his fellow committee members accuse Arpaio of ordering deputies to search largely Hispanic neighborhoods in and around Phoenix for illegal immigrants. Those in the Hispanic community, the lawmakers wrote, "feel under siege."

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; arpaio; arpio; commyers; congress; conyers; democrats; fascism; immigration; racebaiting; witchhunt
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Witchhunt. Figures.
1 posted on 02/15/2009 3:34:34 PM PST by Baladas
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To: Baladas

We knew it was coming. I think Sheriff Joe will go rounds with these assclowns, though.


2 posted on 02/15/2009 3:35:49 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: Baladas

Trying to keep attention off himself and his wife I suspect.


3 posted on 02/15/2009 3:36:21 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Baladas

The country would be better off if Sheriff Joe were Attorney General.


4 posted on 02/15/2009 3:37:02 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Baladas

He should have searched the Amish community.


5 posted on 02/15/2009 3:37:35 PM PST by nufsed
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To: randomhero97
He needs to take the attention away from his dysfunctional wife.

Detroit doesn't have any problems that he could take time to address. That's why he goes out to Arizona to stir it up. /s

6 posted on 02/15/2009 3:38:02 PM PST by TCats
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To: cripplecreek
Trying to keep attention off himself and his wife I suspect.

Exactly..!

7 posted on 02/15/2009 3:38:33 PM PST by Jay Howard Smith (Retired(25yrNCO)Military)
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To: cripplecreek
"Trying to keep attention off himself and his wife I suspect. "

Well, this isn't the way to do that...I had put him and his wife out of mind until I saw this story, now the focus returns to his wife, whom sheriff Joe would probably like to put in his lockup too.
8 posted on 02/15/2009 3:39:16 PM PST by FrankR (We are only enslaved to the extent of charity (bailout) we receive...think about it.)
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To: Baladas
"John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.)

You would think this clown would worry about what going on with crap in Michigan wouldn't you?

9 posted on 02/15/2009 3:39:38 PM PST by WHBates
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To: Baladas
Sheriff Joe will go and get them or if they visit Arizona, he'll have them arrested just cuz!
10 posted on 02/15/2009 3:40:08 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012!)
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To: Baladas

Conyers ought to bend over and have someone “probe” him.


11 posted on 02/15/2009 3:40:11 PM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: Baladas

After receiving this “letter” from the four non-Arizona asshats in D.C., Joe sent his boys out on Valentine’s day with warrants and pink handcuffs for deadbeat dads. They arrested 77. LOL! Joe doesn’t think very highly of politicians. Especially ‘RAT politicians.


12 posted on 02/15/2009 3:40:53 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Have You Punched A Democrat Today? - Do it for the children.)
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To: Baladas

Oh, yeah, we can’t have a sheriff who actually goes after the real law breakers and makes them pay the penalty. It is much better if the cops ignore real criminals and concentrate on jaywalkers and people who spit on the street. Frickin’ asshats!


13 posted on 02/15/2009 3:41:07 PM PST by calex59
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To: FrankR

His wife is a regular ole ghetto soap opera.


14 posted on 02/15/2009 3:41:21 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Baladas

If anyone should be investigated, it’s John Commieyers and the lunatic he married ...


15 posted on 02/15/2009 3:41:26 PM PST by sofaman (Moses dragged us through the desert for 40 years to the one place in the ME with no oil - Golda Meir)
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To: cripplecreek

John should be more concerned about Monica’s well being in the general population unit.


16 posted on 02/15/2009 3:41:29 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Baladas
Witchhunt. Figures.

True, but wrong witch. Conyers just needs to see who's in bed with him tomorrow morning. Witch enough.

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17 posted on 02/15/2009 3:42:24 PM PST by JCG
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To: Westlander

You gotta show some respect all up in here yo.


18 posted on 02/15/2009 3:42:38 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Baladas

How dare this sheriff enforce the law. Doesn’t he know these people vote for Democrats?


19 posted on 02/15/2009 3:43:28 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: FlingWingFlyer

We had a good time, too! We also brought in some illegals.


20 posted on 02/15/2009 3:43:59 PM PST by Glennb51
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To: Baladas

Zoe Lofgren is part of this? Figures.


21 posted on 02/15/2009 3:44:29 PM PST by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: sofaman

22 posted on 02/15/2009 3:44:37 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: sofaman

Hey, Sofa how the heck are ya’ ole chum?


23 posted on 02/15/2009 3:45:53 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude (o)..Jr. Senator .. now ..Jr. President..(o)
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To: Glennb51

Great job!!! You guys done good!!!


24 posted on 02/15/2009 3:46:14 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Have You Punched A Democrat Today? - Do it for the children.)
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To: Baladas
Conyers and his fellow committee members accuse Arpaio of ordering deputies to search largely Hispanic neighborhoods in and around Phoenix for illegal immigrants.

Well, has he found any there? If so, he should keep looking. Duh!

BTW, Arpaio sounds like a Hispanic name. Doesn't that give him immunity from being racist against his own people?

25 posted on 02/15/2009 3:46:50 PM PST by BigBobber
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To: WHBates

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano might have something to do with this Arpaio probe.


26 posted on 02/15/2009 3:47:30 PM PST by BARLF
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To: Westlander
Mr & Mrs "For Thee But NOT For Me".

I love the sign in the background. "Strong ... for Detroit". What's the unemployment rate in Detroit these? 10%+? Oh wait! I forgot. It's not his fault. It's Bush's fault.

What a waste of platelets these two are.

27 posted on 02/15/2009 3:48:10 PM PST by sofaman (Moses dragged us through the desert for 40 years to the one place in the ME with no oil - Golda Meir)
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To: ThreePuttinDude

TPD!! How are ya, me ol’mate???


28 posted on 02/15/2009 3:48:40 PM PST by sofaman (Moses dragged us through the desert for 40 years to the one place in the ME with no oil - Golda Meir)
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To: Baladas

Conyers is unclear about the part in the oath where one swears to uphold the Constitution.


29 posted on 02/15/2009 3:50:32 PM PST by Enterprise (A Representative Republic - gone now. Foolish people.)
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To: BARLF

Conyers, etc. are actively and intentionally working to destroy the United States.


30 posted on 02/15/2009 3:50:44 PM PST by atomicweeder
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WOW, Joes been around for a long time.
I wish we had more good men like Joe Arpaio.

History and law-enforcement background

Arpaio’s mother died while giving birth to him, and Arpaio was raised by his father, a grocery store owner. He completed high school and worked in his father's business until age 18 when he enlisted in the United States Army.[5]

Arpaio served in the Army from 1950-1954 in the Medical Detachment Division and was stationed in France for part of the time as a military policeman.[6]

Following his discharge from the Army in 1954 he moved to Washington, D.C. and became a policeman, moving in 1957 to Las Vegas, Nevada. He would serve in Nevada only six months before obtaining a job as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.[7] During his 25-year tenure with DEA, he was stationed in both Turkey and Mexico, and advanced to the position of head of the DEA’s Arizona branch.[8]

In 1992, Arpaio successfully campaigned for the office of Maricopa County Sheriff. He was reelected in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 with considerable support of the county voters.[9]

He married Ava Arpaio in 1958. The couple currently has two children and four grandchildren.[10]

Maricopa County Sheriff

31 posted on 02/15/2009 3:54:42 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude (o)..Jr. Senator .. now ..Jr. President..(o)
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To: Baladas
Oh, by all means go after Joe Arpaio, he's ready and waiting. Maybe we'll finally get the Feds to face what's really going on in Phoenix,the chaos lenient immigration policies cause at the local level. Glenn Beck was just talking about this. Phoenix is the #2 most dangerous place for kidnappings! Can you believe that? Right behind Mexico City. The Mexicans aren't under siege from the cops but from the drug cartels.

Notice none of the politicians mentioned are actually from AZ. Why in hell should CA reps have anything to say about an AZ Sheriff? We're getting ready to release 60,000 prisoners because of a judge's ruling. They need to take care of our own business.

This is politics, Napolitano using her position to harass this extremely effective and popular Sheriff. I think/hope/pray state's rights vs. the federal gov't is going to be a big part of politics from now on.

32 posted on 02/15/2009 3:56:02 PM PST by athelass (Proud Mom of a Sailor & 2 Marines! Regular Americans, we're on our own now. Push back the hordes!)
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To: Baladas

Sheriff Joe, whom I absolutely love, is not happy about this and he is not a man to be messed with.


33 posted on 02/15/2009 3:56:06 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: Baladas

Bad sheriff. Bad, bad sheriff.

We ain’t got nuttin’ better to do then lean on you cause you
a bad, bad sheriff.

Anything to help the perps and dog the good guys.


34 posted on 02/15/2009 3:56:34 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (Welcome to Obama's America... Be afraid, be very afraid)
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To: sofaman

Pretty good here. How about you?
Not been getting to the old threads much,
we’ve had to let some part timers go, and
we’ve had to pick up the slack of less man/woman
power. At least the doors are still open...for now.


35 posted on 02/15/2009 3:57:28 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude (o)..Jr. Senator .. now ..Jr. President..(o)
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To: ThreePuttinDude
I hear that. I haven't been on the threads much, either. We've been pretty busy, thank G-d, and I've had a bit of a heavy travel schedule. Certainly not complaining, mind you.

You take care of yourself, my FRiend. These are strange times, indeed

36 posted on 02/15/2009 4:04:50 PM PST by sofaman (Moses dragged us through the desert for 40 years to the one place in the ME with no oil - Golda Meir)
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My reaction to this is the DEMS are sticking their heads into the mouth of a lion. lol

It’s too difficult to find good public servants like Arpaio, and he has very high local support.

Arpaio for 2012!!


37 posted on 02/15/2009 4:16:07 PM PST by msnpatriot
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To: Baladas

Sheriff Arpaio being investigated by a bunch of crooked degenrate marxist rat bastards. How “2009.”


38 posted on 02/15/2009 4:16:32 PM PST by VR-21
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To: msnpatriot

If they investigate him, he’ll get 90% of the votes at the next election.


39 posted on 02/15/2009 4:17:02 PM PST by nufsed
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To: BARLF
"The lawmakers, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sent Friday, are seeking a probe into reports Arpaio has used skin color as a basis to search for illegal immigrants in Arizona.

Well I guess, but as head of Homeland Security she wouldn't need them to tell her to do her job she could just have her own department ask the FBI to make the probe. The accusation is silly on it face.

40 posted on 02/15/2009 4:20:39 PM PST by WHBates
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To: BigBobber

He’s not Hispanic..you’ve never heard of him before? really? Or were you just being funny.


41 posted on 02/15/2009 4:22:44 PM PST by Hildy
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To: FrankR

The dems in congress are absolutely drunk with power. I’d love to see that sherrif answer a few of these clowns questions.


42 posted on 02/15/2009 4:23:44 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: Baladas

Why would you want to look for Illegals.... Number two in the World for Kidnappings is?? Phoenix Arizona....

Hmm so the Sheriff should Ignore the Laws??


43 posted on 02/15/2009 4:25:28 PM PST by philly-d-kidder (May God Bless America and ALL Freepers!)
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To: Baladas

Conyers is merely seeking to protect part of the coalition that elects him, “The Divine One,” etc. etc.


44 posted on 02/15/2009 4:27:49 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Baladas

Conyers is the one who needs to be probed.


45 posted on 02/15/2009 4:37:43 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: dandiegirl

Yes they are, and that will be their ‘undoing’.

I would love to see a showdown on this and the Fairness Doctrine, then move down the road...

***The dems in congress are absolutely drunk with power. I’d love to see that sherrif answer a few of these clowns questions.***


46 posted on 02/15/2009 4:38:23 PM PST by msnpatriot
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To: Hildy

I’ve heard of Joe Arpaio, but I don’t know his family background.


47 posted on 02/15/2009 4:38:36 PM PST by BigBobber
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To: Baladas

John Conyers should be committed. He is certifiable.


48 posted on 02/15/2009 5:01:01 PM PST by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Baladas
Phoenix has become the second leading City in the WORLD for kidnappings for ransom, behind Mexico City. Most of them are being done by Mexicans illegally in the USA.

This fact and story has been, until recently, successfully "buried" by Janet Napolitano, the Arizona Republic (Repugnant), and by the liberal democrat Chief of Police for Phoenix.

Let these guys go after Sheriff Joe... He will just rub their noses in this mess in very public ways, and will take lots of pleasure in pointing out the idiocy of the entire situation and the failure of liberals to address very serious and very real problems.

Yes, Joe has a huge ego, but so what... "It ain't braggin' if you can back it up."

49 posted on 02/15/2009 5:04:16 PM PST by JustTheTruth (Say "NO!" to Socialism in America!)
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To: TCats
Photobucket Isn't she such the charmer!
50 posted on 02/15/2009 6:09:57 PM PST by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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