Arizona Sheriff Arpaio to Unleash 800 Deputies on Undocumented Immigrants

New America Media, News Report, Text and Photos: Valeria Fernández Posted: Feb 15, 2010

PHOENIX -- Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced last week that he would train 881 of his own deputies to arrest undocumented migrants in the course of their normal duties.

ArpaioThe announcement by the Maricopa County sheriff has come under fire from some legal scholars who argue he would be acting beyond the scope of the law and immigrant advocates who say this would further weaken the immigrant community’s tenuous relationship with law enforcement officials.

Arpaio’s controversial immigration sweeps of Latino neighborhoods led to claims of racial profiling. In October, the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revoked an agreement, known as 287(g), that allowed 160 of his officers to act as immigration agents.

Now, Arpaio says he can do this under his own authority. He has enlisted the help of Kris W. Kobach, a University of Missouri law professor, who was an advisor to former attorney general John Ashcroft during the Bush administration. Kobach, who works as an attorney for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, was paid an undisclosed amount of money to oversee the two-hour training.

Kobach argues that local police have “inherent authority” to stop, question and arrest people in order to enforce immigration law.

He based his legal advice on a hotly contested 2002 Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo issued during Ashcroft's tenure.

Several legal scholars contend the opinion is flawed.

“Legally, it is highly suspect because there’s a long tradition on the other side of the opinion, ” said attorney Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), referring to a series of OLC memos from 1989 to 1996 that state the contrary. “Secondly, if there was an inherent authority to enforce immigration law, then there would be no need for Congress in 1996 to enact what’s now known as 287(g). If they had it, why would you need it?”

Chishti said that Congress has historically assumed that it has plenary power on immigration enforcement.

“It doesn’t mean that states can’t play a role, but that role is highly limited,” he said.

Immigration SweepsImmigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the enforcement arm of Homeland Security, has distanced itself from Arpaio’s new plans in a recent statement, which stated in part: “Sheriff Arpaio’s efforts to conduct immigration enforcement actions do not derive from any ICE-delegated federal authority. ICE has no engagement in MCSO’s [Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office] operations outside of our standard procedures of responding to a local law enforcement agency’s request for assistance.”

Arpaio’s critics say his latest announcement is in keeping with the aggressive tactics employed by his deputies. “There’s nothing new in this," said Jorge Mendez, a local community activist. "Those who were trained under 287(g) and those who weren’t were questioning people anyway.”

“You’re opening Pandora’s box,” said Omar Jadwat, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project. He said Arpaio's action is sending a message to police officers on the streets that they have broad power to detain and arrest solely on suspicion that people are illegally in the country.

“When you have local cops getting some short video training and making decisions about someone’s immigration status, it is hugely dangerous because it is a complex and difficult area of the law,” he said.

Legal advisor Kobach is known for litigation involving immigrants. Kobach filed suit in Kansas, California and Nebraska challenging those state's policies of offering in-state tuition rates to undocumented students. He also represented Hazelton, Penn., when its harsh anti-immigrant policies were challenged in court. Kobach, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is now running for secretary of state in Kansas.

Kobach has also worked with the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). FAIR was identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group financially supported by the Pioneer Fund, a group with an alleged white supremacist agenda.

“We find it absolutely outrageous that Sheriff Arpaio has chosen an individual with an obvious bias, who works on behalf of an anti-immigrant group to conduct training on immigration law and ethnic profiling," said Bill Straus, Arizona Anti-Defamation League regional director.

“Those claims are absolutely false,” said Kobach, in his defense. “The Southern Poverty Law Center engages in slander against people that oppose illegal immigration. They fail to mention that many of the people I defend in court are Hispanic. They happen to be Hispanics that believe the laws need to be enforced.”

This is not the only controversy Arpaio is embroiled in. A federal grand jury is investigating allegations of abuse of power by his office unrelated to his immigration enforcement. His agency is also the subject of a federal Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of civil rights violations. His office could also face judicial sanctions for destruction of evidence in connection with an ACLU lawsuit that alleges his deputies engaged in racial profiling during his immigration sweeps.

“This is going to magnify what he has been doing during the sweeps,” said Shana Higa, a criminal defense attorney who has been monitoring Arpaio’s immigration sweeps in Latino neighborhoods for the last two years. Higa believes this has made some Latinos afraid report crimes to the police, making them more vulnerable to criminals.

Despite criticism about his tactics and associations, Arpaio continues to defend his policies saying that since 2007 his deputies have detained 30,000 undocumented immigrants, often for something as simple as a traffic stop, and turned them over to immigration.

In fact, the great majority of those arrests could be attributed to other law-enforcement agencies in Maricopa County, including the Phoenix and Scottsdale police departments.

But Arpaio is trying to go further, according to legal experts.

“The difference is that it looks like they claim they have the right on their own to hold someone up without the ICE detainer,” said Chishti. “What will be challenged is that they can’t just hold people on the basis of an immigration suspicion.”

If Arpaio's deputies could do that, the Arizona state legislature wouldn’t be trying to pass a local law that allows police to arrest undocumented immigrants, said Alessandra Soller Meetze , director of the Arizona ACLU. SB 1070 would criminalize undocumented immigrants for trespassing in the territory of the state.

“If it passes, Arizona would be the first state in the country to make this specific state crime of immigration trespassing,” said Meetze. “We still think the Constitution prohibits Arizona from passing that law.”

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Anthony Guerrero on Mar 10, 2010 at 12:01:46 said:

A country of fascist loves this asshole. A country of foreigners who came in and stole our land and they try to appear as if they were not lawless. Cancers of the earth, the lot of you jerks.


JAY on Feb 28, 2010 at 01:49:26 said:

Joe, can we clone you? We NEEF you here ai CA+


Ben Dover America on Feb 21, 2010 at 22:36:30 said:

WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?


prismatic man on Feb 20, 2010 at 18:43:34 said:

If only all the sheriff's in America had the intestinal fortitude of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is an American Hero!!! Way to go Joe!!! Those who complain about the Sheriff's work must believe in open borders and our laws ignored. I'll bet they are the ones hate the military and think America is a repressive country; they undoubtedly also love Obama's policies of bankrupting the USA and destroying our amazing capitalist system which has lifted more people out of poverty than all other systems in the world combined. Those who are against Sheriff Arpaio are those who hate the opportunities in America and want wealth distribution Regardless of political affiliation all should be able to see the burden on our infrastructure by the huge number of illegal aliens, not undocumented, they all have plenty of documents, all fraudulent.


prismatic man on Feb 20, 2010 at 15:05:52 said:

If only all the sheriff's in America had the intestinal fortitude of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is an American Hero!!! Way to go Joe!!! Those who complain about the Sheriff's work must believe in open borders and our laws ignored. I'll bet they are the ones hate the military and think America is a repressive country; they undoubtedly also love Obama's policies of bankrupting the USA and destroying our amazing capitalist system which has lifted more people out of poverty than all other systems in the world combined. Those who are against Sheriff Arpaio are those who hate the opportunities in America and want wealth distribution Regardless of political affiliation all should be able to see the burden on our infrastructure by the huge number of illegal aliens, not undocumented, they all have plenty of documents, all fraudulent.


prismatic man on Feb 20, 2010 at 15:04:32 said:

If only all the sheriff's in America had the intestinal fortitude of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is an American Hero!!! Way to go Joe!!! Those who complain about the Sheriff's work must believe in open borders and our laws ignored. I'll bet they are the ones hate the military and think America is a repressive country; they undoubtedly also love Obama's policies of bankrupting the USA and destroying our amazing capitalist system which has lifted more people out of poverty than all other systems in the world combined. Those who are against Sheriff Arpaio are those who hate the opportunities in America and want wealth distribution Regardless of political affiliation all should be able to see the burden on our infrastructure by the huge number of illegal aliens, not undocumented, they all have plenty of documents, all fraudulent.


patriot dynamite on Feb 20, 2010 at 14:50:15 said:

Way to go Joe. Wish you were over here in Dona Ana County, NM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


patriot dynamite on Feb 20, 2010 at 14:41:13 said:

Way to go Joe. Wish you were over here in Dona Ana County, NM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Michael Carpenter on Feb 19, 2010 at 09:29:51 said:

I wish all the 3000 some sheriffs in this country had the B____ like Sheriff Arpaio.


American on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:50:26 said:

Joseph Arpaio is a duly elected sheriff. All these nay-sayers need to go research the properly delegated POWERS of the "Office of Sheriff".

He is NOT accountable to the federals, (as a matter of fact, the feds have to ASK HIS permission to act inside his county), he is not accountable to the corporate state of Arizona or the "law enforcement" employed by the corporate state of Arizona.

The Sheriff's department - and the sheriff himself, is the last (and highest level of true law enforcement) constitutionally recognized and upheld.

If you will take note, in the article the "ICE" (dept. homeland IN-security), backed away from Sheriff Joe and his 881 deputies, the public statement was :

"“Sheriff Arpaio’s efforts to conduct immigration enforcement actions do not derive from any ICE-delegated federal authority. - ICE has no engagement in MCSO’s [Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office] operations outside of our standard procedures of responding to a local law enforcement agency’s request for assistance.”

Their statement just told everybody that they cannot "come in and enforce any federal rules or regulations" UNLESS THE SHERIFF "REQUESTS" them (gives them permission) to enter HIS county and act in some particular fashion, according to what HE deems to be necessary.

Sheriff Arpaio is doing exactly what his "Job Description" mandates that he shall do, during his term in office. He is not over-stepping his boundries.

It is high time that ALL the sheriffs in ALL the counties in all the states stopped being intimidated (or paid-off to cooperate) into bowing to federal demands, and started doing their jobs as those jobs are stated in their formal job descriptions.

The sheriffs are the last major "power of the people" that still exists lawfully in this nation, and in these days they need to step forward and uphold the law AS IT IS WRITTEN ... not with the corrupt "spin/twists" that the ACLU and the other anti-American organizations are trying to push onto the gullible people of this land.


Sara on Feb 18, 2010 at 09:18:14 said:

America can not afford the lawlessness of millions of illegal aliens. We need a Nation that is governed by law and order rather than the standards of third world corruption. Enough!

Thanks Sherrif Joe for standing up to the corrupt bullies!


leaf blower #38,987,849 on Feb 17, 2010 at 21:19:25 said:

!que paso? no comprendo el stupido gringos!


Fooled Enough on Feb 17, 2010 at 21:08:19 said:

Too bad George W. Bush never got HIS Amnesty Bill! Democrats and Republicans... same crap, different toilet.


Arpaio Supporter on Feb 17, 2010 at 20:59:00 said:

Fuck Democrats. Fuck Republicans... The local Sheriff is our last best hope.


terry on Feb 17, 2010 at 12:12:30 said:

Go Joe!!!! I'm not a republican, nor someone who tends to lean towards the right. I stopped voting for Kerry & Kennedy after they showed up (I believe for the 1st time ever) in the city of New Bedford, MA to protest the raid of a factory employing illegals. The city's been going down the toilet for years, partly because illegals don't put anything back into the city's economy. For those who blame Obama remember people elected Bush twice and he did nothing to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into this country or to force them out. As a sensible, law-abiding person I am outraged by our government's refusal to deport people who are here illegally and their refusal to do whatever is necessary to stop or even slow illegal immigration. Who are the geniuses that think it's OK to put an American citizen in prison if they break the law but think it's just plain mean to deport people from another country who break the law? Seriously, I need the drugs they're on! BTW: not a citizen, neither are your children.


Roger Baird on Feb 17, 2010 at 04:27:11 said:

Now there's a man that should be president of this country. Groups like the Aclu DO NOTHING FOR THIS COUNTRY BUT TIE UP THE COURT SYSTEMS WITH B-S. I will never understand how anything that has ILLEGAL in it's tital should be a cause to even consider to bring into a court room. There is a law in effect that needs to be addressed. Profiling is a must in these stressed times and it's long over due.
This is addressed to the ACLU. You need to take the American part off your header. Your ORG is in no way for the American people. You fight for ILLEGAL right's when there are none. I for one am amased that people here in the US hasn't started putting bullets in members of your ORG.
This country needs more Sheriff Joes, these are the men that uphold the laws as they are written and every law enforcment agent in this country should follow suit. lets start arresting members of the ACLU for wasting the courts systems time with their B-S causes.


Greg in LA on Feb 16, 2010 at 22:18:44 said:

By the way, I think it is obvious to everyone that the Obama presidency is a complete failure.
I love the way Obama tricked all the "Latino's" into voting for him, gets their hopes all built up and their dreams of amnesty and Aztlan and then ditches them after he gets their votes. Boy were they stupid. But then again nobody thought they were very smart anyway,Oh well, the Latino amnesty lovers got what they deserve. Now lets put the preasure on to send them home. We need work place verification now!


Greg in LA on Feb 16, 2010 at 21:57:16 said:

The Illegal aliens are taking our jobs and ruining our country. Illegals Go back to Mexico .


santos saint on Feb 16, 2010 at 17:45:46 said:

vewy, vewy soon! That sly wascally wabbit joe the shmoe will be sitting in his cell with pink underwear riding up his --- instead of stuffing them in coffee cups and giving them out as Christmas gifts! What an arrogant good for nothing sheriff always playing to the hater. Hate has a leader and his name is the evil one...say no to joe. Put him and his posse away Mr. Holder.


Santos Saint on Feb 16, 2010 at 17:40:15 said:

I don't believe your statistics especially from any newspaper being printed in the U.S.

I think they are grossly exagerated and don't trust you or the la times to accurately report facts without distortions or out of context.

The statistics fly in the face of the statistics that I'm seeing on the FBI website and the local police statistics. Yep, I don't just blindly accept facts, I research the information first.

95% of all arrest warrants in Los Angeles for murder, c'mon really?! Are you serious?! What morons to just allow this hate bashing and calling it patriotic.

Later, Haters.


Sharon on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:41:35 said:

Here is an Email I just got that give the STATISTICS FOR WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CALIFORNIA ALONE!!
From the L. A. Times
1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people)are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally..
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
8 Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in L.. A. are Spanish speaking.
10... In L. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.
(There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County . )

(All 10 of the above facts were published in the Los Angeles Times)

Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States ' annual population growth(and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens .

We are fools for letting this continue

HOW CAN YOU HELP ?

Send copies of this letter to at least two other people. 100 would be even better.
This is only one State...............

If this doesn't open your eyes nothing will, and you wonder why Nancy Pelosi wants them to become voters!

*************************************
LET'S IMPEACH HER NOW BEFORE SHE DOES FURTHER DAMAGE!! WHAT AN IDIOT!!
IF YOU DON'T AGREE JUST DELETE--IF YOU DO--PASS IT ON!! WHERE DO WE GET THESE MORONS'


Windfall Tax on Retirement Income
Adding a tax to your retirement is simply another way of saying to the American people, you're so darn stupid that we're going to keep doing this until we drain every cent from you. That's what the Speaker of the House is saying. Read below................
Nancy Pelosi wants a Windfall Tax on Retirement Income. In other words tax what you have made by investing toward your retirement.. This woman is a nut case! You aren't going to believe this.
Madam speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to put a Windfall Tax on all stock market profits (including Retirement fund, 401K and Mutual Funds! Alas, it is true - all to help the 12 Million Illegal Immigrants and other unemployed Minorities!
This woman is frightening.
She quotes...' We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income, (didn't Marx say something like this?), in our country and at the same time limiting the amount the rich can invest.' (I am not rich, are you?)
When asked how these new tax dollars would be spent, she replied:
'We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profits taxes could go a long way to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as 'Americans'.'
(Read that quote again and again and let it sink in.) 'Lower your retirement, give it to others who have not worked as you have for it'..
Send it on to your friends. I just did!! This lady is out of her mind and she is the speaker of the house!
I AM NOT AGAINST IMMIGRATION BUT THIS IS WHY OUR COUNTRY IS BANKRUPT AND THE POLITICIANS ARE USING THIS TO STAY IN POWER! THE ILLEGALS ARE GOING TO SUFFER TOO IN THE END BECAUSE THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS!!


Sharon on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:41:13 said:

Here is an Email I just got that give the STATISTICS FOR WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CALIFORNIA ALONE!!
From the L. A. Times
1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people)are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally..
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
8 Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in L.. A. are Spanish speaking.
10... In L. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.
(There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County . )

(All 10 of the above facts were published in the Los Angeles Times)

Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States ' annual population growth(and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens .

We are fools for letting this continue

HOW CAN YOU HELP ?

Send copies of this letter to at least two other people. 100 would be even better.
This is only one State...............

If this doesn't open your eyes nothing will, and you wonder why Nancy Pelosi wants them to become voters!

*************************************
LET'S IMPEACH HER NOW BEFORE SHE DOES FURTHER DAMAGE!! WHAT AN IDIOT!!
IF YOU DON'T AGREE JUST DELETE--IF YOU DO--PASS IT ON!! WHERE DO WE GET THESE MORONS'


Windfall Tax on Retirement Income
Adding a tax to your retirement is simply another way of saying to the American people, you're so darn stupid that we're going to keep doing this until we drain every cent from you. That's what the Speaker of the House is saying. Read below................
Nancy Pelosi wants a Windfall Tax on Retirement Income. In other words tax what you have made by investing toward your retirement.. This woman is a nut case! You aren't going to believe this.
Madam speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to put a Windfall Tax on all stock market profits (including Retirement fund, 401K and Mutual Funds! Alas, it is true - all to help the 12 Million Illegal Immigrants and other unemployed Minorities!
This woman is frightening.
She quotes...' We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income, (didn't Marx say something like this?), in our country and at the same time limiting the amount the rich can invest.' (I am not rich, are you?)
When asked how these new tax dollars would be spent, she replied:
'We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profits taxes could go a long way to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as 'Americans'.'
(Read that quote again and again and let it sink in.) 'Lower your retirement, give it to others who have not worked as you have for it'..
Send it on to your friends. I just did!! This lady is out of her mind and she is the speaker of the house!
I AM NOT AGAINST IMMIGRATION BUT THIS IS WHY OUR COUNTRY IS BANKRUPT AND THE POLITICIANS ARE USING THIS TO STAY IN POWER! THE ILLEGALS ARE GOING TO SUFFER TOO IN THE END BECAUSE THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS!!


Sharon on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:06:34 said:

Here is an Email I just got that give the STATISTICS FOR WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CALIFORNIA ALONE!!
From the L. A. Times
1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people)are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally..
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
8 Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in L.. A. are Spanish speaking.
10... In L. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.
(There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County . )

(All 10 of the above facts were published in the Los Angeles Times)

Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States ' annual population growth(and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens .

We are fools for letting this continue

HOW CAN YOU HELP ?

Send copies of this letter to at least two other people. 100 would be even better.
This is only one State...............

If this doesn't open your eyes nothing will, and you wonder why Nancy Pelosi wants them to become voters!

*************************************
LET'S IMPEACH HER NOW BEFORE SHE DOES FURTHER DAMAGE!! WHAT AN IDIOT!!
IF YOU DON'T AGREE JUST DELETE--IF YOU DO--PASS IT ON!! WHERE DO WE GET THESE MORONS'


Windfall Tax on Retirement Income
Adding a tax to your retirement is simply another way of saying to the American people, you're so darn stupid that we're going to keep doing this until we drain every cent from you. That's what the Speaker of the House is saying. Read below................
Nancy Pelosi wants a Windfall Tax on Retirement Income. In other words tax what you have made by investing toward your retirement.. This woman is a nut case! You aren't going to believe this.
Madam speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to put a Windfall Tax on all stock market profits (including Retirement fund, 401K and Mutual Funds! Alas, it is true - all to help the 12 Million Illegal Immigrants and other unemployed Minorities!
This woman is frightening.
She quotes...' We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income, (didn't Marx say something like this?), in our country and at the same time limiting the amount the rich can invest.' (I am not rich, are you?)
When asked how these new tax dollars would be spent, she replied:
'We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profits taxes could go a long way to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as 'Americans'.'
(Read that quote again and again and let it sink in.) 'Lower your retirement, give it to others who have not worked as you have for it'..
Send it on to your friends. I just did!! This lady is out of her mind and she is the speaker of the house!
I AM NOT AGAINST IMMIGRATION BUT THIS IS WHY OUR COUNTRY IS BANKRUPT AND THE POLITICIANS ARE USING THIS TO STAY IN POWER! THE ILLEGALS ARE GOING TO SUFFER TOO IN THE END BECAUSE THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS!!


l00ker on Feb 16, 2010 at 09:30:26 said:

Oh don't you worry, 99% of you bastards are out of here, and soon.


Luis on Feb 16, 2010 at 09:03:46 said:

I didnt take your job. You would never be cosiderd for my job, you job-less, lazy racist fuck LOL! Thats right, I make the money you want, and more!
you must be so mad! wow!
Im Mexican, ILLEGAL, make for $$ and my dicks about 5 inches bigger baby
keep hating, you cant deport us all!!LOL


Luis on Feb 16, 2010 at 08:58:04 said:

I didnt take your job. You would never be cosiderd for my job, you job-less, lazy racist fuck LOL! Thats right, I make the money you want, and more!
you must be so mad! wow!
Im Mexican, ILLEGAL, make for $$ and my dicks about 5 inches bigger baby
keep hating, you cant deport us all!!LOL


Luis on Feb 16, 2010 at 08:56:57 said:

I didnt take your job. You would never be cosiderd for my job, you job-less, lazy racist fuck LOL! Thats right, I make the money you want, and more!
you must be so mad! wow!
Im Mexican, ILLEGAL, make for $$ and my dicks about 5 inches bigger baby
keep hating, you cant deport us all!!LOL


Luis on Feb 16, 2010 at 08:38:55 said:

I didnt take your job. You would never be cosiderd for my job, you job-less, lazy racist fuck LOL! Thats right, I make the money you want, and more!
you must be so mad! wow!
Im Mexican, ILLEGAL, make for $$ and my dicks about 5 inches bigger baby
keep hating, you cant deport us all!!LOL


Luis on Feb 16, 2010 at 08:24:37 said:

I didnt take your job. You would never be cosiderd for my job, you job-less, lazy racist fuck LOL! Thats right, I make the money you want, and more!
you must be so mad! wow!
Im Mexican, ILLEGAL, make for $$ and my dicks about 5 inches bigger baby
keep hating, you cant deport us all!!LOL


Luis on Feb 16, 2010 at 08:09:30 said:

I didnt take your job. You would never be cosiderd for my job, you job-less, lazy racist fuck LOL! Thats right, I make the money you want, and more!
you must be so mad! wow!
Im Mexican, ILLEGAL, make for $$ and my dicks about 5 inches bigger baby
keep hating, you cant deport us all!!LOL


Luis on Feb 16, 2010 at 07:55:07 said:

I didnt take your job. You would never be cosiderd for my job, you job-less, lazy racist fuck LOL! Thats right, I make the money you want, and more!
you must be so mad! wow!
Im Mexican, ILLEGAL, make for $$ and my dicks about 5 inches bigger baby
keep hating, you cant deport us all!!LOL


Luis on Feb 16, 2010 at 07:39:28 said:

I didnt take your job. You would never be cosiderd for my job, you job-less, lazy racist fuck LOL! Thats right, I make the money you want, and more!
you must be so mad! wow!
Im Mexican, ILLEGAL, make for $$ and my dicks about 5 inches bigger baby
keep hating, you cant deport us all!!LOL


American by BIRTH on Feb 16, 2010 at 07:21:56 said:

GO JOE!!! Rid the streets and alleys of all ILLEGALS, Brown/White/Black/Yellow, if they are in this country illegally, they are by definition..."CRIMINALS". If necessary, require solid information at every point. To apply for work, to purchase large items, to open bank accounts, to transfer any money. Stop all the illegal activities and you will choke the criminals committing them. Those against allowing Illegals to wander around our country should accept an old battle cry, ""REMEMBER THE ALAMO""


Richard Keefe on Feb 16, 2010 at 03:21:07 said:

There is no legal definition of \"hate group\". It\'s a meaningless smear the SPLC hides behind when denigrating those who disagree with founder Mo Dees ideology.

If these groups were committing any crimes whatsoever they would arrested and tried in a court of law, not Mo Dee\'s kangaroo court.

Dees should talk. In his autobiography he brags about accepting thousands of dollars from the Montgomery Klan to keep one of their most violent thugs out of federal prison.

In the past few years, the SPLC accepted several million dollars from Jeffry Picower, the $7 Billion dollar winner of his good buddy Bernie Madoff\'s uber-ponzi scheme.

That swindle bankrupted thousands of investors, including Jewish charities and Holocaust survivors. Talk about dirty money.

Not ONE of the SPLC\'s top ten, highest paid officers is a minority. The last \"Whites Only\" sign in Montgomery hangs in the boardroom of the SPLC. Some experts.

And finally, the Better Business Bureau stopped accrediting the SPLC as a charity years ago, \"due to a lack of commitment to transparency.\" Meanwhile, FAIR\'s accreditation was renewed in 2009 without question. (www.bbb.org/)


Sovereign country on Feb 15, 2010 at 20:16:34 said:

My previous comment was deleted by this pro-open borders, liberal site admin. Truth hurts. I'll try again. Here's what it said, not exact quote, I hadn't saved it:
Go Sheriff Arpaio!! I love to see anti-American, tax-payer funded, far left political organizations like the ACLU and SPLC crying and whining, when they aren't able to force their political agendas on us. Of course they want to keep 20 million illegal aliens here, thats 20 million new victims for them. Its job security.


Sovereign Nation on Feb 15, 2010 at 20:01:52 said:

Go Sheriff Arpaio!! I LOVE to see ANTI-American, tax-payer funded, far left political organizations like the SPLC and ACLU crying and whining, as Sheriff Joe and the rest of us Americans just laugh at them trying to force their anti-American political agenda on us.


Sovereign Nation on Feb 15, 2010 at 19:52:51 said:

Go Sheriff Arpaio!! I LOVE to see ANTI-American, tax-payer funded, far left political organizations like the SPLC and ACLU crying and whining, as Sheriff Joe and the rest of us Americans just laugh at them trying to force their anti-American political agenda on us.


Steve on Feb 15, 2010 at 18:51:36 said:

A recent Rasmussen Reports poll shows that 70% of voters prefer border enforcement and not legalization/amnesty.

Other credible polling using neutral language shows the same results.

Joe Arpaio is not only upholding our just laws, he is also properly following the will of American citizens -- of all diverse backgrounds -- who are sick and tired of illegal aliens voliating our laws and then demanding rights they have neither earned nor are entitled to.


Steve on Feb 15, 2010 at 18:40:41 said:

CORRECTION: Legal advisor Kobach is known for litigation involving ILLEGAL ALIENS, not "immigrants" as this sophomoric column says.

Furthermore, the $PLC's report on FAIR and other pro-enforcement groups has been discredited. $PLC has proven time and time again they are an unreliable source of information.


John Bowman on Feb 15, 2010 at 17:33:37 said:

GO GO JOE!!!

By the way anti-American traitor Valeria Fernandez, if these people are caught and deported, they are not immigrants of any type. Immigrants are foreigners who permanently reside in the USA, look it up in the dictionary, obviously deported foreigners are not living here.


l00ker on Feb 15, 2010 at 16:01:09 said:

Soon, every single sheriff in the country will be doing the exact same thing, or they will end up working at Walmart if they don't. God bless you Joe.


Dakotahgeo on Feb 15, 2010 at 14:15:01 said:

And while you're at it, quit wasting your time and get off your white, fat, little butts and LOOK for jobs. They are out there. Quit blaming the government and everyone else for your goof-offs!


Dakotahgeo on Feb 15, 2010 at 14:12:26 said:

I don't know what is in your drinking water in Phoenix but law enforcement has way too much power there. I would hope that the immigrants, legal or illegal would arm themselves to the teeth, and ask questions later... let God sort 'em out!


Bill E on Feb 15, 2010 at 13:11:38 said:

I am a liberal and I applaud Joe. He is doing what 70% of Americans think should be done. The only thing our government has to do is make sure employers do not hire illegals. If they can't get a job, they will go home. The cost...ZERO.


elwood clingempeel on Feb 15, 2010 at 12:40:05 said:

laws should be ignored all of them cant think of a single reason laws should be obeyed


Dave A on Feb 15, 2010 at 12:20:40 said:

Sheriff Joe is doing the jobs ICE isn't doing. Fighting illegal immigration. If people don't want to be stopped they should have proper identification.


America on Feb 15, 2010 at 11:42:07 said:

Larry - Arizona\'s illegal immigration is down 17.9% because of this man. (Don\'t believe me? Look it up). All these jobs are now available for UNEMPLOYED AMERICAN TEENAGERS and LOW-SKILLED UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS.
You should have no reason to fear Arpaio unless you are an illegal who does not possess American citizenship. What, do you think Sheriff Joe will beat you, taze you, then force you to show ID? It\'s simple, show you\'re a citizen and you\'re fine. Perhaps you were the idiot, my friend?

I can\'t wait until the left wing bleeding hearts wake up and see what has happened to their country.


MaryJ on Feb 15, 2010 at 09:18:22 said:

Good job Sheriff Joe! If you were in California we wouldn't be bankrupt.


Delaware Bob on Feb 15, 2010 at 08:32:08 said:

I'm so proud of you Joe Arpiao. If only all the law enforcement were like you, we could have all these illegal aliens out of this Country! They don't belong here!


Larry Gordon on Feb 15, 2010 at 08:21:28 said:

You are not a concerned citizen, You are an idiot. Arpaio believes he is a dictator and can threaten and arrest any public official or anybody who says anything wrong about him. The fact that he arrest a few undocumented dishwasher gives him the right to abuse power. You need help.


Concerned Citizen on Feb 15, 2010 at 06:17:14 said:

I applaud sheriff JOE, he's doing his job. He is taking LAW BREAKERS off the streets. That is what he was hired to do, enforce the laws of the county and state. As for those illegals who are being targeted by criminals........well the criminals are probably illegals too, and if the so called victims were where they could LEGALLY be, they could call for help from the Rurales, the Mexican Police. NO SYMPATHY FOR ILLEGALS, NO SYMPATHY FOR LAW BREAKERS, NO SYMPATHY FOR "OUT AND OUT CRIMINALS".. fIND THEM, ARREST THEM, DEPORT THEM... CLEAN UP OUR STREETS....

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