Sheriff Joe's Latest Immigration Stunt

I could leave his name out of the article, but by now you'd all know who he is: AZ most reprehensible Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Here's what he's up to now:

Months ago, Arpaio and his deputies began scouring Hispanic neighborhoods in the Phoenix area looking for illegal immigrants. So far, hundreds have been hauled away.

Often in these types of operations, "probable cause" gets defined as brown skin and Spanish accents. So, there is no telling how many U.S.-born Hispanics were detained and harassed in the process.

All of which sets the stage for the stunt. The man who put inmates in pink underwear and fed them green bologna has some people in Arizona seeing red after he recently paraded about 200 illegal immigrants in shackles and prison stripes to his notorious "Tent City." Of course, Arpaio did this after alerting the media.

The inmates are to stay in the tents until sentenced and deported. That's right. They haven't been convicted or sentenced yet. But in Maricopa County, the little things need not interfere with punishment.

Is former AZ top cop, now Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano going to rein him in? I wouldn't put money on it.

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    He's elected by the people (none / 0) (#1)
    by Inspector Gadget on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 01:24:13 AM EST
    and they keep him in place. So, the people in AZ who are outraged either aren't enough to vote in a replacement, or they don't live in Maricopa County.

    Arpiao and his equally despicable (none / 0) (#2)
    by jazzcattg1 on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 05:27:42 AM EST
    County Attorney Andrew Thomas are pretty much hated by the sane, rational people of Maricpoa County...it is the old people, naturally republicans from Sun City et. al. that keep putting these bozos back in office.  Log onto "Phoenix New Times" to follow the long, sad adventures of "Sheriff Joke".

    I would love to see this sheriff break the law (none / 0) (#3)
    by Saul on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 07:35:42 AM EST
    or someone from his family break the law so he or one of his member of his family would have to be put in his own tent city, and have the media take pictures of him and them in pink garb.

    No I really don't, I just want him out and investigated.  Maybe make a documentary that shows his beginning and end with all the injustice he created.

    Doc Brown's Delorean... (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 08:06:56 AM EST
    would come in handy rigt about now, send Joe back to Jamestown to hang with the Puritans...they got off on this shaming garbage too.

    Parading human beings in shackles...good grief, what a sadist this guy.

    Arpaio (none / 0) (#5)
    by Doc Rock on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 09:02:54 AM EST
    In the mean time there is war fare in the streets of Phoenix and the sheriff's army is noticeably absent/inept.

    Phoenix Police Department (none / 0) (#6)
    by Inspector Gadget on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 10:29:09 AM EST
    should be the agency in charge in the city. Maricopa County Sheriff's officers would have no jurisidiction in any areas already covered by the city police departments in the county, right?

    We'll See (none / 0) (#7)
    by squeaky on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 04:51:35 PM EST
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), and Immigration Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Constitution Subcommittee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Crime Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) called on Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to investigate allegations of misconduct by Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio.


    Considering her close relationship to Arpaio, Napolitano should recuse herself, imo.