Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's department targeted by leading Dems in the House

No-nonsense Maricopa county sheriff Joe Arpaio is being targeted Democratic House representatives for his department's aggressive enforcement of immigration laws:
Four leading Democratic members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Friday asked the new attorney general and Homeland Security secretary to investigate civil-rights complaints stemming from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's crackdowns on illegal immigration.

The four lawmakers called on Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to investigate complaints that deputies used skin color as the basis to search for illegal immigrants. They also asked that a federal agreement allowing the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to enforce immigration laws be terminated if any problems can't be fixed.
The 287(g) program, which the Maricopa county sheriff's department participates in, allows local law enforcement to arrest and hold illegal immigrants for deportation, and then be reimbursed for expenses incurred in so doing. Since partnering with ICE, Maricopa county has led the state of Arizona in year-over-year decreases in births--not just a decline in the birth rate, but in the absolute number of births. This is strong evidence that Arpaio's department is cleaning out the illegal immigrant population in Maricopa county.

The four Democrats can brandish their open borders bona fides. John Conyers, Zoe Lofgren, Jerrold Nadler, and Robert Scott each receive an "F" on their AfBI gradecards, placing all four of them in the bottom fifth of all current Democratic representatives.

For those who hoped Obama's racialism and overwhelming black support would translate into some sort of populist stance on immigration, consider those hopes dashed:
Legal experts have said Arpaio's practices were likely to get more scrutiny under the Obama administration. Holder has a track record of investigating allegations of racial profiling against police departments when he was deputy attorney general under the Clinton administration. As governor, Napolitano yanked state funding that helped pay for Arpaio's controversial neighborhood sweeps, which critics said were aimed at arresting illegal immigrants.
Half Sigma recently called Arpaio the best sheriff in the US. I'm inclined to agree.


Jokah Macpherson said...

How dare he enforce existing laws!

Jokah Macpherson said...

And how dare he use skin color as a basis for investigating illegal immigrants, given the massive Caucasian populations illegally crossing the border from Mexico.

Audacious Epigone said...


Heather Mac Donald's remark about racial profiling by the police comes to mind. She shrewdly turns the insinuated charge of irrational racism around and throws it back at the accuser:

"The next time someone tells you that the police are stopping "too many" members of any given racial group, ask: "too many" compared to what? Compared to their population ratio or compared to their crime rate? If we want the police to be effective, they must direct their enforcement activity based on crime, not on skin color."

al fin said...

Most Americans are sheep. Fierce sheep-dogs such as Arpaio make the sheep uncomfortable.

So the sheep elect as their president a wolf-in-sheepdog's-clothing, to lull them to sleep in a soothing, slightly raspy baritone.

President wolf then makes the entire country a "sanctuary" for illegal alien wolves and illegal alien sheep.

This reassures the native sheep that President wolf is doing something for them, and they do not need Sheriff sheep dog any longer.

Anonymous said...

Jokah, I think the problem is that Arpaio's method results in undue harrassment to the perfectly-legal, law-abiding immigrants who happen to have the wrong skin color. Most illegals may look Mexican but that doesn't mean that most people who look Mexican are illegal.

Stopped Clock said...

A fair complaint that opponents of racial profiling should consider. I wish I could come up with a "gotcha!" type argument that shows how this type of racial profiling actually helps Mexicans by getting rid of illegals more efficiently, but I'm not sure that would satisfy the people who've been stopped and searched despite being legal immigrants.

Nevertheless I am a full supporter of racial profiling and every other type of profiling that helps catch criminals. We cannot allow our border control to resemble our No Fly List, famous for stopping such traitors as Cat Stevens, ted Kennedy, and Cynthia McKinney (gotta watch out for those short-tempered Irish folk), along with future playground bully and present day troublemaker Edward Allen, from harming our nation and our people.

In fairness, though, I must commend the administration for their careful attention to such details as having both Osama bin Laden and Usama bin Laden on their list (in case he decided to sneak into the US under the disguise of a respelled name), and dutifully updating the No Fly List to include the names of the September 11 airplane hijackers, lest anyone with malintentions seek to appropriate their immaculate criminal histories to disguise their own.

Anonymous said...

"Jokah, I think the problem is that Arpaio's method results in undue harrassment to the perfectly-legal, law-abiding immigrants who happen to have the wrong skin color. Most illegals may look Mexican but that doesn't mean that most people who look Mexican are illegal."

If illegals weren't here, it wouldn't be a problem. And this "harassment" doesn't exist anyway. According to La Raza, it does, but go figure...

Audacious Epigone said...

Anon & SC,

Again, I refer to Mac Donald's comments. To the extent that any harassment occurs, what do you suggest be done to lessen it on the back end while achieving the same results?

This is another example of how problematic multiculturalism and multiracialism are. The more diverse an area becomes, the more efficient and effective profiling is. Yet at the same time, the more diverse it becomes, the more the sensitivity and opposition to it grow.