Thursday, March 12, 2009

Joe Arpaio: Friend of America, Enemy of the Obama Administration

When law enforcement officials have to jump through hoops to satisfy procedural requirements, public order deteriorates. The United States has for years winked at the stream of illegal immigration across its border with Mexico. For entrenched interests in Washington, it is a win win proposition for Democrats and Republicans alike. Whether you like to depress wage levels with Mexican competition or you want to increase the rolls of registered Democrats, illegal immigration is a problem a lot of people don't really want to solve.

What better way to encourage illegal immigration than to prosecute those who enforce the law? First it was two immigration agents sentenced to over ten years each for shooting at fleeing drug smugglers.

The latest outrage in the attack on our nation's borders is in Arizona where sheriff Joe Arpaio is now being sued for violating the civil rights of illegal immigrants CNS News reports as follows. - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona following requests by congressional Democrats and allegations by liberal activists that the department has violated the civil rights of illegal aliens.

Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Robert Scott (D-Va.) requested the investigation, and activists groups such as National Day Laborer Organizer Network and ACORN launched petition drives and rallies in support of the probe.

The investigation focuses on Sheriff Joe Arpaio and dozens of officers under his command who were trained through the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Agreements of Cooperation in Communities to Enhance Safety and Security (ACCESS), which partners federal and local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws. (The Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division is known popularly as ICE.)

The list of those pushing the lawsuit should ring bells with the public. ACORN achieved fame across the nation for voter fraud. The representatives pushing this attack on our nation's immigration laws are from districts that will under any circumstances return them to office.

What are Joe Arpaio's alleged crimes? CNS News quotes from the Justice Department letter to Joe Arpaio.

"The investigation will focus on alleged patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures conducted by the MCSO, and on allegations of national origin discrimination, including failure to provide meaningful access to MCSO services for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals."

Let me get this straight. If I am enforcing immigration laws, don't I look for people who are foreigners? No ! That would be discrimination!

What are Arpaio's real crimes. Arpaio's office answers as follows.

"While the Sheriff’s illegal immigration and human smuggling operations conducted on the streets and roadways here have netted nearly 2,300 arrests, another very successful effort to locate illegal aliens has been quietly happening inside Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jails," the release said.

"Despite the growing criticism of the Sheriff’s illegal immigration fight by some valley politicians and activists, Sheriff Arpaio says 60 detention officers trained by ICE officials have conducted over 106,000 interviews and investigations of inmates booked into jail since April of 2007.

"In those 18 months, 16,000 inmates were determined to be illegal aliens. Either they have already been deported or will be deported after being tried and/or serving their sentences for crimes committed in the valley. The work being done be Arpaio’s detention staff is a likely contributor to the recent reduction in crime in the valley,” the press release added.

"That number of 16,000 represents a full one-third (1/3) of all inmates in the United States who have had holds placed on them after being identified by jail or prison officials as illegal aliens."

One county apprehended 1/3 of all illegal immigrants with deportation orders against them in the entire country. Arpaio's office should indeed be investigated not for prosecution but so their success can be reproduced elsewhere. He has shown us that immigration laws can be enforced. The problem is that the will is not there.

The refusal to seal our borders along with the prosecution of those who enforce immigration laws will have a crippling effect on our economic recovery. Poorly paid workers will spend only for subsistence. The frequency of elective purchases such as cars and electronic goods will decrease if wages stagnate. Flooding the labour pool with cheap labour will increase unemployment and drive wages down.

America is rapidly moving towards a sort of Balkanisation, in which Spanish has become a de facto second language. Since the Civil war, there has been the Southern version of American history and the Northern version. Mexicans view the incorporation of America's Southwest in terms very different from our own. There is a growing militant minority that views America's southwest as occupied Northern Mexico. According to this world view, they have the right to return to lands that were wrongly taken from them.

With all of the hype and worshipful treatment of Obama during the election, an issue of great concern to millions of Americans was pushed under the carpet. We are now finding out that illegal immigration remains a big problem. Both the "undocumented" and their defenders are far more aggressive in pushing their agenda.

Those who are disturbed by the attacks on our borders and national sovereignty would do well to be on high alert throughout the Obama presidency. Attempts are underway to introduce lasting changes to our country that will be irreversible. We need to be informed and to stand up for our country and its borders. Joe Arpaio should indeed be investigated, not for prosecution but for a prize. Sphere: Related Content

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