Justice Dept. Investigates Arizona Sheriff for Enforcing Immigration Law

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  1. sacase

    sacase Well-Known Member

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    (CNSNews.com) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona following requests by congressional Democrats and allegations by liberal activists that the department has violated the civil rights of illegal aliens.

    Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Robert Scott (D-Va.) requested the investigation, and activists groups such as National Day Laborer Organizer Network and ACORN launched petition drives and rallies in support of the probe.

    The investigation focuses on Sheriff Joe Arpaio and dozens of officers under his command who were trained through the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Agreements of Cooperation in Communities to Enhance Safety and Security (ACCESS), which partners federal and local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws. (The Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division is known popularly as ICE.)

    In a letter dated March 10, 2009, Loretta Smith, acting assistant attorney general at the DOJ, detailed what her department would be investigating:

    "This is to inform you that the United States Department of Justice is commencing an investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (''MCSO'') pursuant to the pattern or practice provisions of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994,42 U.S.C. §14141 ("Section 14141") and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968,42 U.S.C. § 3789d ("Safe Streets Act"), and pursuant to the prohibitions against national origin discrimination in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d to 2000d-7 ("Title Yr') and the Safe Streets Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3789d(c)."

    The letter continues: "The investigation will focus on alleged patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures conducted by the MCSO, and on allegations of national origin discrimination, including failure to provide meaningful access to MCSO services for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals."

    "In conducting the investigation, we will seek to determine whether there are violations of the above laws by the MCSO," the letter says.

    Sheriff Arpaio's efforts to enforce immigration laws have been the focus of previous criticism, but Arpaio has defended his department and the results his ICE-trained officers have netted.

    Concerning the DOJ’s investigation, Arpaio told CNSNews.com: “I will not back down. What I am doing is upholding the laws of the state of Arizona, and I will not be persuaded to turn my back on my oath of office as sheriff of this county.”

    In an August 2008 press release, Arpaio's office detailed those results.

    "While the Sheriff’s illegal immigration and human smuggling operations conducted on the streets and roadways here have netted nearly 2,300 arrests, another very successful effort to locate illegal aliens has been quietly happening inside Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jails," the release said.

    It continues: "Despite the growing criticism of the Sheriff’s illegal immigration fight by some valley politicians and activists, Sheriff Arpaio says 60 detention officers trained by ICE officials have conducted over 106,000 interviews and investigations of inmates booked into jail since April of 2007.

    "In those 18 months, 16,000 inmates were determined to be illegal aliens. Either they have already been deported or will be deported after being tried and/or serving their sentences for crimes committed in the valley. The work being done be Arpaio’s detention staff is a likely contributor to the recent reduction in crime in the valley,” the press release added.

    "That number of 16,000 represents a full one-third (1/3) of all inmates in the United States who have had holds placed on them after being identified by jail or prison officials as illegal aliens."

    The press release goes on to say that 20 percent of inmates in the Maricopa County Jail are illegal aliens and that of those, 2,000 illegal aliens - 70 percent - were arrested for felony crimes.

    Those felony crimes committed included the following: forgery, 12 percent; kidnapping, 10 percent; aggravated assault, 7 percent; driving under the influence, 7 percent; drug charges, 27 percent; robbery, 3 percent; murder, 3 percent; and theft, 4 percent.

    The Democratic Congress members have also asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to launch an investigation into the training provided by ICE.
  2. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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    Amazing... and sad...
  3. sacase

    sacase Well-Known Member

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    Interesting ACORN connection....
  4. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

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    If anyone deserves to be under federal investigation, its ACORN.
  5. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    Nice job Joe...and the idiots trying to stop him are actually aiding and abetting, which IS against the law and those congressmen should be arrested and put in Joe's jail.
  6. Doomsday101

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    "That number of 16,000 represents a full one-third (1/3) of all inmates in the United States who have had holds placed on them after being identified by jail or prison officials as illegal aliens."

    The press release goes on to say that 20 percent of inmates in the Maricopa County Jail are illegal aliens and that of those, 2,000 illegal aliens - 70 percent - were arrested for felony crimes.

    In West Texas there is a sheriff who representative Ted Poe talk to who said out of his jail he has 600 prisoners but only 1 is a US citizen the rest are illegal who have been arrested on drug or assault charges.
  7. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    There are many streets here where illegals just line the streets but if any officer goes up to them and asks for papers they say its discrimination, because there are some others that do actually have papers. It's ridiculous.

    Joe Arpaio is the epitome of a Sheriff. He does what should be done.
  8. JBond

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    How many billions did Obama give them in return for their efforts on his behalf during several elections? And now the tax payers are paying for this nonsense? There needs to be a Judicial Department investigation alright, of ACORN and team Obama.
  9. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Winter is Coming Staff Member

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  10. ThaBigP

    ThaBigP New Member

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    Well, if I were a governer, I'd certainly make sure I didn't fall into bad graces with the Federal Government by enforcing law they've enacted. I'd start with refusing to remit federal tax receipts from my state. Sure wouldn't want to get hauled in front of an inquisition for enforcing federal tax law now would I?
  11. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    ****ing libs

  12. jrumann59

    jrumann59 Well-Known Member

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    UH you have to be here legally to get civil rights or a terrorist.
  13. tyke1doe

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    Tucson Region
    US House panel to hold Arpaio hearing
    By Joan Lowy
    The Associated Press
    Tucson, Arizona | Published: 03.12.2009
    WASHINGTON — A House committee chairman said Wednesday that he'll hold a hearing next month on alleged civil-rights abuses by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
    Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers said at a news conference that he will hold a hearing examining the conduct of Arpaio, who has been conducting sweeps in Hispanic neighborhoods in the Phoenix area that have resulted in the arrests of illegal immigrants.
    A spokesman for Conyers, D-Mich., said the hearing is also expected to examine other examples from around the country of alleged abuses of a program that allows local police departments to enforce federal immigration laws.
    "We're not trying to persecute or take advantage of anybody," Conyers said. "Law enforcement officers have a very important and valuable function. The problem is, they can't interpret the law their own way to harass or use racial strategies to determine who they arrest."
    He was joined at the press conference by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the committee's civil rights subcommittee, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Mary Rose Wilcox, the lone Democrat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, as well as representatives from several civil-rights and Hispanic-advocacy organizations.
    The Justice Department's civil-rights division said in a letter to Arpaio this week that he is under investigation for an alleged pattern of discriminatory police practices and of discrimination based on national origin.
    The letter offers no specific allegations. But Arpaio said he believes the investigation was spurred by his department's often-controversial efforts to combat illegal immigration in Maricopa County.
    The investigation and the congressional hearing are "saying to the country and the people of Arizona that no one is above the law," Grijalva said.
    Arpaio's department has aggressively pursued investigations under Arizona's employer-sanctions law and a state anti-smuggling law.
    The smuggling law was designed to help local police fight smugglers, but an interpretation by Maricopa County's top prosecutor opened the door for Arpaio's deputies to arrest people who pay smugglers and accuse them of being co-conspirators.
    No other police agency or prosecutor's office in Arizona has used that legal approach in enforcing the smuggling law.
    Arpaio recently began to separate illegal immigrants from other inmates in Tent City, a section of the county jail where all inmates are housed in tents.
    His tactics have attracted national attention and have led some critics, including immigration activists, to accuse Arpaio's department of racial profiling.
    The sheriff said he will cooperate with the Justice Department.
    Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, the prosecutor who for years has collaborated with Arpaio in cracking down on illegal immigration, said Wednesday that he wasn't aware of any racial profiling in Arpaio's crime and immigration sweeps.
    "He has drawn a lot of criticism (for his immigration crackdowns) and a lot of protest because he is willing to be a leader in the fight against illegal immigration," Thomas said.
  14. Bonecrusher#31

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    I love the way Sheriff Joe enforces the immigration laws here in Phoenix but I still don't like the attention hungry media starved bastid.....

    One of my softball teamates/friend is one of his investigators and he 'aint' exactly cool with some of his methods.

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