I thought the Federal government was supposed to stop illegal immigration…

October 8th, 2009

…not stop local officials from stopping it.

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he will continue his controversial "crime suppression operations" despite a Department of Homeland Security decision to strip him of authority to arrest suspected illegal immigrants based solely on their immigration status

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  • 1. Nick  |  October 8th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    It is the manner in which Sheriff Joe was going about his suppression that worries people… and rightly.

    In general, he was using racial profiling to pull over cars which performed minor traffic abuses (not signaling, etc) as a pretense to check immigration status. Pretty much what everyone imagines as a “Papers Please” environment, with the tiniest sprinkle of probable cause to try to do right by the Constitution, while still actually spitting in its face.

  • 2. Elliot  |  October 8th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    That’s a fair and excellent point, Nick.

    But ask yourself…would he be doing it at all if the Feds were taking care of business?

  • 3. John Foust  |  October 8th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Elliot, the Feds letting lots of cheap labor across the border is “taking care of Business.” :-)

  • 4. Elliot  |  October 8th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Nicely done, John!

  • 5. John Foust  |  October 8th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I know you like a snappy comeback.

  • 6. BobG  |  October 9th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    The Republicans want cheap labor, the Democrats want union members.

  • 7. Nick  |  October 12th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    The fact that the Federal gov’t is not enforcing a particular law is absolutely no excuse to allow another enforcement agency to brazenly violate the constitutional rights of people.

    What’s next… b/c the Federal gov’t is not doing enough to stop drugs, local police forces should be allowed to barge into people’s homes carrying automatic weapons, shooting dogs and elderly people, and doing it all with vague and often times incorrect search warrants?

    Oh wait… that already happens too.

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