The Witch Hunt For Arpaio

“Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth. Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: every single one was a liar.” J. Edgar Hoover

“Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth. Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: every single one was a liar.” J. Edgar Hoover

“I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe … Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. — From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the wrong, and they will apply the remedy.” –U.S. Senator Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

The witch hunters after our Sheriff Joe Arpaio think maybe, if they push hard enough, he will go away.  Dream on guys!  He’s a tough guy who’s been around the block a time or two!  Certainly he’s not afraid of YOU!

Trust me when I tell you our Sheriff Joe knows the federal and State laws better than anyone else.  His career, spanning some 59 years with all his military and other law enforcement history added together, our Sheriff is no stranger to the law.  Go ahead, BRING IT ON!

Being controversial, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not about to back down.  Thank God we have one decent person in this country fighting for the Citizens here.  Napolitano is weak and pro- illegal alien.  That goes double for the Mayor here.  Both need to be kicked to the curb for betraying the Citizens of this country and allowing Phoenix to become the kidnap capitol.  It truly shows the level of care and respect these officials have for their fellow citizens.  I can’t even write here what I personally think ofMayor Gordon or Janet Napolitano.

You ever hear the saying, “Incompetents don’t get fired, they just get promoted.”  Fits the Mayor and Napolitano to a tee!

But our Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn’t alone even if he seems besieged from all sides.  This community supports the Sheriff, you can tell that by how many times he has been re-elected.  We are behind him 100% and will fight to keep him.  Those who think to find our Sheriff is breaking the laws of the land had better watch their backs.  We may be coming for you!

In point of fact, I’ve just filed FOIA documents requesting information (agency-head-or-freedom-of-information-officer-copy-for-publication) on Any and All financial contributions/donations from the Committee members.  I’ll post the results here after I receive them, OR, if I am denied and under what conditions I was denied…

CNN’s Lou Dobbs had a great interview with Congressman Trent Franks the other night.  I’m going to place the whole transcript here for your reading.

Representative Trent Franks Defender of Law in Arizona

Representative Trent Franks Defender of Law in Arizona

DOBBS: Well, certainly the mayor of Phoenix and a few other folks, primarily ethnocentric focused, both officers and organizations. But it is shameful that people don’t have the guts to stand up. You know, you elect them to office, and then when there is an issue at hand, they run like ducks.

Well, joining me now with more on the Arpaio controversy is Congressman Trent Franks. Trent Franks represents Sheriff Arpaio’s district.

And Congressman, I got to say, first of all, good for you for standing up for somebody in your district, and whom you have faith. There are other folks who have faith in him, but they don’t have the guts to stand up. You probably know some of the people I’m referring to. But, anyway, welcome.

REP TRENT FRANKS (R), ARIZONA: Well, thank you, Lou. And you know, the bottom line here is that this sheriff is not being investigated because he’s somehow breaking the law. He’s being investigated because he is enforcing the law.I’m just sort of astonished that we keep seeing this trend on the part of the judiciary committee, especially under the Democratic control here where they’re seemingly more committed to going after the good guys than they are the bad guys. That’s been a trend even with the terrorist elements here. The last two years we’ve had about a dozen hearings on legislation that would weaken our ability to defend ourselves against terrorists and none that would strengthen our ability to do the same. And

DOBBS: You know, you’re sitting here with a community, Phoenix, which is the heart of Maricopa County, congressman, as you well know, you represent Phoenix as well as Maricopa County, it’s in your district. It’s become the kidnapping capital of the country. And the violence is accelerating.

The issue of human smuggling, drug smuggling, Arizona one of the principal corridors, this sheriff is the most prominent and the most effective local official in the battle against illegal drugs, illegal immigration, trying to bring order, and he’s being attacked by four left-wing congress people who have an obvious agenda here, and there’s not a peep being made. I mean, this is — I swear to you, this feels like either brave new world Orwellian, or you know, absolutely Joseph Stalin has secretly been resurrected.

FRANKS: Well, you see, I think the reason, one of the reasons that they’re going after sheriff Arpaio is because he’s high profile and they feel like that if they can take him out or do damage or intimidate him, that they’ll end up intimidating the whole specter of law enforcement that deals with illegal immigration.

And I just — again, continue to be astonished that somehow we got these guys out there trying to enforce the law, trying to protect us from narco terrorists, probably some day being able to protect us from maybe jihadist terrorists bringing weapons of mass destruction over the border, and here they’re trying to fight the bad guys in front, and the Congress, their own government, is knifing them in the back from behind.

DOBBS: Well, here’s what Sheriff Arpaio said. You call this a witch hunt and I think that you’re being kind in saying that. Here’s what Sheriff Arpaio had to say, if we can put this full screen up. He asked about the hearings from Messrs Conyers and Lofgren. I mean, I can’t tell you what little regard I have for those four people.

Video: Sheriff Arpaio interview

Video: Congressman Franks interview

But after finding out that the Judiciary Committee is planning a congressional hearing, here’s what he said: “Why don’t they wait for the federal investigation? Why do they want hearings now? Because it’s a political situation. They want to keep putting the pressure on me, hoping that I go away, and that is not going to happen.”

You and I both know, Congressman, if Sheriff Arpaio was a man of less principal and less guts, I mean, he, you know, most people — I won’t say most people, but nearly every political figure I know would fold up like a wilted daisy, subjected to the pressure that this sheriff has been over the past several years.

FRANKS: Well, you know, I think that’s what they hope the sheriff will do, but I think they picked on the wrong guy, here. I don’t think he’s going to do that. And I think in the final analysis, when the smoke clears, you’re going to find that Sheriff Arpaio, you may not like that he’s enforcing 287-G, you may not like the fact that he is doing it as he’s doing, but there’s certainly nothing illegal about it.

DOBBS: Are you saying there’s no racial profiling?

FRANKS: You know, I don’t think there’s any racial profiling at all, Lou. I think that the sheriff is trying to go after the criminal element and we find in Maricopa County about 53 percent of all violent crime in our county is perpetrated by illegal immigrants. And so, when he goes after crime, he’s naturally going to run into some illegal immigrants in the process.

DOBBS: Well, let me ask you this. Is there any way you can bring on investigations – you know, first, I think there should be an investigation of all of these congress people who called for this investigation. There should be an investigation of the relationship to the ethnocentric interest groups who were driving the petition, which only has 35,000 signatures. By the way, I believe that Sheriff Arpaio, if it’s all about petitions, he could raise 350,000 signatures in short order just in Maricopa County.

But, is there any way in which you can carry out an investigation, here? Is there any way we could get an investigation for the American people as to why our government isn’t securing our borders, isn’t enforcing U.S. immigration law?

FRANKS: Well, I think the best approach in that regard is what you’re doing rights now. You’re telling the country and the world what they’re really doing, here. And I do think that there’s an underlying agenda. You got to keep in mind that ACORN Is one of the groups behind this effort to try to go after the sheriff.

DOBBS: Yeah, ACORN is under investigation in 13 states, itself, by the way.

FRANKS: Right. So, there’s a political agenda here that’s just unavoidable. And the bottom line is, this is a pretty tough fight here that I’m in, on a border state, and you know, I’m married to an immigrant that came here from the Philippines and I despise any thoughts of doing anything that would be based on ethnic or racial profiling, but we have to enforce the law and that is the best way to maintain freedom for everyone.

DOBBS: You bet, Congressman, thanks. Well, freedom for everyone, but people who want to enforce the law apparently. Congressman Trent Franks, thanks for being a stand-up guy. We appreciate it. Good to have you with us.

FRANKS: Thank you.

The 287-g agreement that Sheriff Joe Arpaio works under is described by ICE as follows:

Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA), effective September 30, 1996, added Section 287(g), performance of immigration officer functions by state officers and employees, to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This authorizes the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, permitting designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions, pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), provided that the local law enforcement officers receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of sworn U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.

The cross-designation between ICE and state and local patrol officers, detectives, investigators and correctional officers working in conjunction with ICE allows these local and state officers: necessary resources and latitude to pursue investigations relating to violent crimes, human smuggling, gang/organized crime activity, sexual-related offenses, narcotics smuggling and money laundering; and increased resources and support in more remote geographical locations.

Officer Selection Requirement

  • U.S. citizen
  • Current background investigation completed
  • Minimum two years experience in current position
  • No disciplinary actions pending

As you can see by the above standards, Sheriff Arpaio is working well within the scope of his partnership with ICE.  That those who support, encourage, and hide illegal aliens don’t like it, just shows how well he is doing.  I support Sheriff Joe Arpaio 150% in his efforts at enforcing the laws here in Maricopa County/Phoenix.  Those that don’t like it should move to Mexico.

For the House of Representatives Committee of the Judiciary to think they can come here willy-nilly makes me wonder who has been lining their pockets.  Hopefully I’ll have that information soon.  I’ll keep you posted.  If they can push, SO CAN WE!  We’ve got your back Sheriff Arpaio!

I’m also going to file FOIA requests on Janet Napolitano Homeland Security Secretary and any Department of Justice members who decide to take up this matter further.

CNN’s Lou Dobbs and Lisa Sylvester had this further report.

DOBBS: Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is targeted because he actually enforces immigration laws. The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the sheriff’s office after a request from congressmen, left-wing congressmen, all of them aligned with open borders amnesty groups and with petitions in hand from ethnocentric special interest groups. Lisa Sylvester has our report.

LISA SYLVESTER, CNN NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Last month Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio marched 200 illegal aliens to what’s known as “Tent City,” temporary housing for those convicted and awaiting deportation. He also has his own TV show on FOX Reality Channel called “Smile, You’re Under Arrest,” using actors to help capture wanted criminals.

The sheriff’s conventional ways have attracted hundreds of lawsuits and much criticism. Four congressional members who chair the committees on judiciary issues and immigration plan to hold a hearing. They also sent a letter to the departments of Justice and Homeland Security requesting an investigation.

The letter says the sheriff’s department has been scouring Latino neighborhoods to search out undocumented immigrants. And community leaders and civil rights activists are circulating an anti-Arpaio petition signed by 35,000 people. Alfredo Gutierrez runs “deleted as I won’t promote this jerks website,” a Web site advocating open borders.

ALFREDO GUTIERREZ, IMMIGRATION ACTIVIST: They’re using the authority that was granted to them by the federal government under a specific program known as 287-G to racially profile.

SYLVESTER: Requests from congress on public petitions rarely result in investigations. In this case, the Department of Justice has decided to launch a civil rights probe of the sheriff’s office based on its own information. In a letter, federal authorities said they are looking into alleged patterns of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures.

SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO, MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ: I’m not worried about these allegations. They’ve been around for over a year. Over a year, the same allegations…

SYLVESTER: Arpaio’s office said the citizens of his county fully back him. He was easily reelected last November.

Now, Arpaio says he not only welcomes the investigation, but he is looking forward to giving the Department of Justice advice on how they can do a better job to secure the border.

Now, an Arizona representative, Jeff Lake’s office told CNN that the federal government has put local jurisdictions in this very difficult position because it hasn’t been enforcing federal laws and that’s left it up to states and local communities to fill that role – Lou.

DOBBS: Lisa, the congressmen are all — Congressman Conyers, Congresswoman Lofgren, who else?

SYLVESTER: Nadler and Scott, and they are all Democrats.

DOBBS: And they’re all Democrats, they’re all left-wing Democrats, aren’t they?

SYLVESTER: They are. And they are all on record, essentially, opposing the 287-G program. At least that’s the way that Sheriff Arpaio has been implementing. So, these are long-time critics of Arpaio.

DOBBS: And the Day Laborers Association, La Raza, joining with them, bringing a petition. So, this is basically justice by petion, if you will. It’s really persecution. There’s no other way to put it. And this is so transparent. I mean, this is almost Stalinist in the way in which these liberal Democrats are trying to use the federal government to overwhelm a sheriff.

SYLVESTER: Yeah, you know, Arpaio said that he was surprised it took them this long because, you know, with the change of administration, he said that he was fully expecting Democrats to come after him, and now we see the results.

DOBBS: Well, he’s had those Democrats coming after him before. He and Janet Napolitano, now they — formerly the governor of Arizona and now, of course, the secretary of Homeland Security, I mean, this sheriff, you know, he’s had I don’t know how many lawsuits against him. He has had I don’t know how many arrests over these years. And just last year he put out a statement showing just how effective he had been in dealing with illegal immigration in his state. Really remarkable.

Is there some reason that the Justice Department isn’t carrying out an investigation as to why U.S. immigration law isn’t being enforced by the federal government? Is the Justice Department, or any one of those committees of those left-wing Democrats investigating why the border is not secure? Despite the fact that that of human smuggling are two of the principal reasons we have so much, first, anarchy in Mexico and such threats to our southwestern United States?

SYLVESTER: Well, I can tell you, Lou, that Sheriff Arpaio wants this to be a conversation and I’m sure that those are some of the questions he’s going to ask the Department of Justice, which is, why aren’t you securing the borders. And by the way, I should say, he intends to keep on doing exactly what he has been doing, despite the announcement of this investigation — Lou.

DOBBS: I must say, the fact that we have not heard from the entire – you know, Senator John McCain, Senator John Kyl, the entire congressional delegation of Arizona holding their silence here, suggests to me, you know, something that isn’t very flattering to them. This is really remarkable. Why aren’t they speaking up here?

SYLVESTER: Well, you know, I think that what they will tell you is that this is an ongoing investigation, so they can’t really comment on it, but Sheriff Arpaio, he has a lot of support within his community. But some of the political leaders are not as supportive, we’ll say.

DOBBS: Well, certainly the mayor of Phoenix and a few other folks, primarily ethnocentric focused, both officers and organizations. But it is shameful that people don’t have the guts to stand up. You know, you elect them to office, and then when there is an issue at hand, they run like ducks.

Anyway, thank you very much. Appreciate it. Lisa Sylvester.

We’ll cry you a river you panty-waist cry baby ALFREDO GUTIERREZ.  The day this country wakes up to the fact that not only are we being overrun by this illegal alien flood, but we have those in congress and in State governments who are being paid to make sure it continues.

A graph that shows donations to State Democrats is here: Or Here for a list of names and amounts of contributors:

I care deeply for my State and what is happening here.  Click here to see some of the damage done to private property in Arizona.  Click Here: More HERE:

Thank you Sheriff Arpaio for having the guts and hootsba to do what the cowards in the federal government won’t!

~ by justmytruth on March 16, 2009.

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