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 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 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 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.