The AZ Republic can be likened to a dog with a bone in its teeth. Once the flagging newspaper has an issue, in this case illegal immigration, there is no way to get them to part with it. Though the meat was long ago chewed away and the bone wet with the drool of repeated bites, it is guarded and rechomped as the growl grows more fierce.
So it is with the paper’s continued assault on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It is no secret the editorial board (hopefully, with the exception of his son-in-law Phil Boas) detests the career law enforcement professional and repeatedly attempts to embarrass him. A lesser man would have caved to the relentless pressure long before now — which is likely why he has the resolute support of the citizens who recently elected him to his fifth four-year term since 1992.
Today the Republic touts the findings of a study by another group of illegal alien proponents known as Justice Strategies, which calls Arpaio’s illegal immigration sweeps a “failure.” Checking their website, they also refer to crackdowns on gang violence as a “failure.” a “tragic failure,” or the “wrong approach.”
The group is linked with the Center for Community Alternatives, which has a page devoted to the defense-based Innovate Solutions for Justice, and “sentencing mitigation,” and another providing numerous “tools” for defense attorneys in drug and sex offense cases. It’s not difficult to get a picture of their bent. They voice objections to state legislatures implementing fines for criminal penalties.
Yet it is their biased study which the daily newspaper cites on the front page in the continuing assault on Sheriff Arpaio.
Buried at the bottom of the report are these two paragraphs:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which has supported Arpaio in his efforts to enforce the law credit’s the [enforcement] program with identifying more than 70,000 people suspected of being in the country illegally,” Smith said.
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee and author of the 287 (g) program, defended it. “It is astonishing that anyone would want to end a successful, voluntary program that protects American communities from criminal illegal immigrants.
It is Rep. Smith’s comments which merit the front page coverage. Don’t hold your breath waiting for that day.