AZ Fed judge rules for illegal invaders, binds law enforcement

September 30, 2013

More absurdity from the federal courts

In a farcical interpretation of the law, U.S. District Judge Robert Broomfield has prohibited Maricopa County from enforcing a state law that permits illegal aliens who paid coyote/transporters to smuggle them into the U.S. to be charged under Arizona’s human smuggling law as criminal co-conspirators.

Broomfield’s 60-page ruling (view here) said Maricopa County’s interpretation of the 2005 state law cannot be enforced by either Sheriff Joe Arpaio or Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and his office’s prosecutors, since Broomfield  claims it conflicts with federal law — which Broomfield said supersedes Arizona‘s law. Missing from his ruling is the fact that the Obama Department of Justice treats this crime of invasion as a lesser civil issue.

Peter Schey, a lawyer representing the Hispanic activists who brought the legal challenge, was quoted as stating the ruling “will hopefully bring to an end a mean-spirited and short-sighted policy that has severely harmed a large number of immigrants during the past several years in an entirely unconstitutional manner.”

Hispanic advocacy groups deceptively refer to themselves “immigrant rights advocates.”   The Court appointed Schey, President of the liberal Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law and Carlos Holguin, General Counsel of the group, as lead counsel.

According to news reports, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is reviewing Broomfield’s ruling.

Seventy-five percent of the approximately 2,000 foreign nationals charged as co-conspirators in MaricopaCounty were facing counts of conspiring to illegally sneak themselves into the country. The going rate paid to those they conspire with in this criminal activity varies between $2,000 – $6,000 per illegal.

This is not rocket science. By paying to be illegally transported into the United States, these illegal aliens are engaging in advancing criminal activity as co-conspirators.

In 2008, SRAZ reported the Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of an illegal alien prosecuted as a co-conspirator under the state’s human-smuggling law. The court found that the law’s wording was “clear and unambiguous” — illegals can be convicted for conspiracy to smuggle themselves into the country.

Makes sense to us.

Mexican drug cartels recruit US soldiers as assassins

September 15, 2013

Mexican drug cartels are recruiting American soldiers to act as clandestine hit men, paying them thousands of dollars to assassinate federal informants and organized crime rivals, law enforcement experts tell the New York Daily News.

The Mexican drug syndicates have been offering cash to American military members to act as contract killers in murder-for-hire plots in the United States. Experts worry this line of work will only become more enticing for vets who struggle to find civilian jobs after serving in combat zones.

According to the article, the most recent FBI statistics show that 53 gangs have been identified with members who have served in or are affiliated with the U.S. military. Those gangs include MS 13, Latin Kings, Crips, Bloods and Barrio Azteca, some of the most notorious and nefarious outlaw groups operating in the U.S. and Mexico.

 Read the complete, chilling, news account here.

Then acquaint yourself with the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Scroll down past “Figure 16” following Map I and 2 to “Appendix A” which lists gangs in each state. In 2011, there were over 70 gangs operating in Arizona.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio arms deputies with AR-15 rifles

August 9, 2013

Responding to increasing violence on our streets

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced he is providing each of his office’s deputies with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

In making his announcement, Arpaio took note of recent tragedies affecting the Sheriff’s Office. “Last year, two of our deputies died under violent circumstances, and this year a deputy was shot several times but survived,” he said.  “Therefore, I want all my deputies to be armed with the greatest firepower available 24 hours a day.”

Deputies have been ordered to carry a weapon at all times, on-duty and off-duty.

Every deputy armed with the new weapons has undergone extensive training, qualifying them to carry these weapons as part of their day-to-day arsenal.

“Should any off-duty deputy come across a crime being committed, it is the policy of this office for that deputy to take the appropriate action to resolve the situation,” said Arpaio. Acknowledging the move could  appear controversial to some, Arpaio stated, “I have extreme confidence in the training and professionalism of the men and women deputies in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.”

The Maricopa County Sheriff‘s Office purchased 400 of the semi-automatic rifles.

“The monies which allowed us to make this significant weapon buy come wholly from our RICO fund,” said Arpaio. “That is money seized in drug raids and human smuggling operations; as a result, taxpayers are not footing the bill.”

Read Sheriff Arpaio’s full statement here.

Cochise County Sheriff Dannels ceding authority to feds? & Update

July 27, 2013

Recall of Sheriff Mark Dannels brewing

In an exclusive interview with News, Southern Arizona rancher Ed Ashurst says that if the Cochise County Board of Supervisors doesn’t reverse its recent vote on allowing the deputizing of federal agents for work as “peace officers” on the border in Cochise County, there is a strong likelihood of a recall movement aimed at fledgling Sheriff Mark Dannels, whom he calls a pawn in a Federal power grab — a role predecessor Larry Dever refused to accept. Ashurst says “the numbers are growing by the hundreds every hour” to “fight to the death” against the agreement, for which he says Border Patrol wrote the wording, and allows deputized Border Patrol Agents to be able to arrest American citizens.

Listen to the complete and disturbing interview HERE. (Ignore the loud noise at the beginning, it soon subsides.)

Archived blog posts on the Federal Observer by Ed Ashurst can be read here.


Sheriff Dannels Rescinds Provisional Cross-Certification:

Greetings to my fellow citizens,

It has been brought to my attention that some have found great difficulty in the provisional cross-certification granted to our recently delegated Border Patrol agents assigned to our Regional Border Team. In contrast, others have expressed their support regarding this action.After meeting with those for and against, it appears a division within the ranching community has been created.

As I have expressed to you, the primary purpose of the regional border team is to enhance your quality of life and provide you some relief with issues that are directly related to the border.

After meeting with leadership and members of the Regional Border Team, it was agreed upon that it is best to not divide our ranching community over this issue, but embrace our Regional Border Team’s mission that serves to enhance our ranching community. As of this time, the provisional cross-certification to our Border Patrol Agents assigned to this team has been rescinded.

The Regional Border Team will continue in partnership utilizing our expertise and resources to help bring awareness and enforcement to those that consciously choose to violate our freedoms and liberties.

As a member of the Southwest Border Sheriffs, Western Border Sheriffs, National Sheriffs Association, Border Security Committee, the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats, and your Sheriff, I will continue to be a voice regarding our border issues.

Mark Dannels

Cochise County Sheriff

Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

July 21, 2013

Republican attorneys general: The unsung heroes in challenging the Obama agenda

 The July 22, edition of the Weekly Standard features a cover story on the Republican attorneys general, The Last Redoubt, by Fred Barnes. In all, there are 25 state Republican AGs, all but three of them (Wyoming, Alaska and New Jersey) are elected.

They’re independent in the sense that they don’t take orders from a governor. On Obamacare, they were united by the time the case reached the Supreme Court. With the addition of three GOP governors, “it was the first time in history you had the majority of the states in a lawsuit against the federal government,” says Hans von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department official now at the Heritage Foundation. “I don’t think there’s ever been this much cohesiveness with the Republican AGs.”

“In effect, the administration has been put on notice: If you adopt policies inconsistent with constitutional limits and the rule of law, Republican attorneys general will come after you. We have a network and we’re always on alert,” says Alabama AG Luther Strange. In Oklahoma, AG Scott Pruitt has created a special federalism unit to track federal policies that may infringe on the authority of states. Obama “should know we’re not going to back down,” says Florida AG Pam Bondi.

The Obamacare suits are the best-known challenge to the president’s agenda, but not the only important one. The attorneys general blocked EPA from overreaching on water and air pollution enforcement. They forced federal mining authorities to abandon an effort to seize control of mining permits from state authorities. They intervened on behalf of Boeing to halt the National Labor Relations Board from barring the airline manufacturer from assembling 787s in South Carolina, a right-to-work state.

In all these cases, their target was the same, the Obama administration. The AGs are committed —“ruthlessly committed” is how Pruitt puts it — to obstructing the expansion of the federal government at the expense of the states. They are champions of federalism, the Tenth Amendment, states’ rights, and a defanged federal government.

There is strength in numbers. “If you have a good issue, you should try to build a coalition,” says Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society. “Judges take coalitions seriously. The challenge to Obamacare was a perfect coalition, with every Republican AG on board.”

“I divide the AGs into two clusters, the core and the inner core. Both are dedicated to the mission. When the NLRB was bearing down on Boeing, Texas AG Greg Abbott and Virginia’s Ken Cuccinelli organized a coalition of 15 AGs to support A.G. Alan Wilson, in whose state the new Boeing facility had been built. The group included Tom Horne of Arizona, John Suthers of Colorado, Lawrence Wasden of Idaho, Derek Schmidt of Kansas, Bill Schuette of Michigan, Jon Bruning of Nebraska, Marty Jackley of South Dakota, Mark Shurtleff of Utah, and Gregory Phillips of Wyoming. They belong to the core.”

Read all 3 pages here. You’ll be glad you did.

McCain’s amnesty bill OKs multiple forged passports

July 19, 2013

Travesty spearheaded by AZ Sens. McCain, Flake & Gangster cohorts goes unreported in Arizona Republic

It is with gratitude to CNSNews that we are able to bring you the latest in the reprehensible double dealing from the U.S. Senate amnesty contingent — news you will never read in the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). Although the daily is disinterested in this calamity, the U.K.’s Daily Mail — nearly 5,300 miles away — also provides extensive coverage

First Curtis Houck reports that Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT) admitted Wednesday that under the Senate immigration bill, forging numerous passports is not a crime, adding that the bill leaves the decision whether to charge someone with passport fraud solely up to the discretion of prosecutors. Read the rest of this outrage here.

While not a member of the deceitful “Gang of Eight” senators who sponsored Senate Bill 744, Leahy is a staunch supporter of the irrational amnesty bill which passed on a 68-to-32 vote.

Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley introduced three amendments “that would tighten criminal laws that are being weakened in the comprehensive immigration bill being debated by the Senate,” but the amendment regarding passport fraud was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee on an 8-10 vote.

Title 18, Section 1541 of the U.S. Code provides for fines and imprisonment up to 25 years for granting, issuing, or verifying “any passport” without proper authority. But Section 3707 (see page 129) of the nearly 1,200-page Senate immigration bill amends that section to impose criminal penalties only after a person fabricates “three or more” phony passports. 

We couldn’t make this stuff up.

And John McCain? Any coherent Arizonan knows enough to recognize that his fingerprints are all over this debacle. CNSNews’ Alissa Tabirian exposes his absurd disconnect on the matter of fraudulent passports.

CNSNews asked McCain, “Under the bill, how many passports can someone forge before it becomes a crime?” McCain responded, “You’re going to have to ask our folks that, I don’t think that we stand for any forgeries.”  Whether that was an outright lie or incoherence, truth took a back seat.

Conservative Arizonans who know the disingenuous and fumbling McCain all too well, have no expectations of getting a straight answer from a guy so disengaged that he can’t keep track of the number of residences his wife owns or even the candidates he endorses.

Russian “experts” to provide security at U.S. events

July 1, 2013

Obama administration diligently undermines U.S. sovereignty

A stunning announcement on today’s Drudge Report links to Alex Jones’ InforWars, revealing that as part of a deal signed last week in Washington D.C. between the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and FEMA, Russian officials will provide “security at mass events” in the United States. Paul Joseph Watson of InforWars correctly assesses, “This is a scenario that won’t sit well with Americans wary of foreign assets operating on US soil.”

Read this press release from the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, detailing the approval of U.S.-Russian cooperation in U.S. Security, launching in 2013-2014 — blandly referred to as an “exchange of experience” — including monitoring and forecasting emergency situations, training of rescuers, development of mine-rescuing and provision of security at mass events in the United States.

Regardless of how busy your Monday is, take time to read this fact-filled and extraordinarily significant article. Everything else will pale in comparison to the conspiracy between the Obama administration and leaders of foreign nations, agreeing to place their soldiers “who would act under the banner of their own flags, ignoring the fundamental protections afforded to our citizens, leaving Americans under the jurisdiction of people who don’t speak our language or respect our fundamental rights to self defense, to be secure in our homes, and to be presumed innocent in the eyes of the law.”

For a memory refresher read our February 2012 post and view the accompanying video on the depth of this dire situation, even infiltrating the judiciary, as radical liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke these words:  “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” she said. “I might look at the constitution of South Africa. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, have an independent judiciary. It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done.”

The undermining of our nation being fast paced and facilitated by the left.  Complacency will not protect our nation or the future of our families.

Mexican cartel assassin admits to U.S. murder spree

June 16, 2013

Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, was recently arrested in Yuma, Arizona, after trying to cross the border from Mexico without proper identification. He was then extradited to Alabama, where he was wanted on  first-degree murder charges. It was there the self-described enforcer for a Mexican drug cartel confessed to killing more than 30 people across the United States.

“I’ve killed over 30 people,” he bragged, adding that he began his murder spree when he was 16 years old. Fox News Latino reports that Martinez is originally from Mexico but has legal status in the United States.

Aren’t we fortunate?

Alabama’s Lawrence County Sheriff Capt. Tim McWhorter said Martinez made a stream of startling confessions, including a double homicide in Florida and 10 slayings in California. “He basically told us, ‘I’m the guy that pays you a visit when you don’t pay the cartel,” said McWhorter. In addition to the confessions, DNA evidence from a cigarette butt places him at the scene of the Florida murders.

“If I didn’t do the job, someone would have,” the remorseless Martinez said of his gruesome murders.

Breitbart’s Brandon Darby has numerous reports on Mexican-led narcotics rings and the accompanying horrific crime sprees across the United States. Of Martinez, Darby writes, “As left-of-center voices call for even less border security, a chilling report from U.S. law enforcement reveals an alleged Mexican cartel member claims he killed 30 individuals on U.S. soil.”

Flag Day: A fitting birthday for a proud American

June 14, 2013


Happy birthday to both our flag and our sheriff

 Today, Flag Day, is also the birthday of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. How fitting that this proud American, the son of Italian immigrants, celebrates his own special day with that honoring one of the enduring symbols of our liberty. As we fly our flags today, it’s worth reflecting on the many legal immigrants who came to this country through the front door, learned the language of our country, joyfully became citizens, and worked tirelessly to make lives as Americans in this great nation.

Sheriff Arpaio’s distinguished career in law enforcement, including worldwide assignments with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, are indicative of the national pride instilled in such grateful immigrant American families, appreciative of the opportunities afforded them. He concluded his remarkable federal career as head of the DEA for Arizona. Read his bio here.

Flag Day traditions are a meaningful part of our nation’s history. Facts regarding the background of this uniquely American holiday are provided by the National Flag Day Foundation. Take a few minutes and acquaint yourself with some of the fascinating information provided. Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.

The Pledge of Allegiance (click here)

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Two sheriffs: A study in contrasts — Arpaio wins

May 3, 2013

Govt. endorsed snitching raises vast potential for abuse

If you only paid attention to the liberal media’s depiction of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, you’d think the professional lawman had neither a concept of legal parameters nor possessed what is clearly a sterling law enforcement career. In fact, Republican Arpaio is widely respected among the law-abiding citizens who have reelected him to an unprecedented five 4-year terms.

It’s harebrained Democrat Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw people need to worry about.

“We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he’s gonna shoot him,” Bradshaw said. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’ ”

In fact, his idea of preemptive law enforcement carried such sway with the Florida state legislature, that House and Senate budget leaders have ponied up $1 million for a new violence prevention unit — aimed at thwarting such acts from occurring on his turf. The amount is not quite the $3 million Bradshaw was seeking to launch “prevention intervention” units featuring fifteen specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour informant hotline where residents can report neighbors, friends or family members they believe are engaging in suspicious activities or fear they could harm themselves or others. 

That works for Senate budget chief Joe Negron, who helped push through the funding. He said he met with Bradshaw about the program and “got assurances from the sheriff that this is going to be done in a way that respects people’s autonomy and privacy, and that he makes sure to protect against people making false claims,” according to this report in the Palm Beach Post.

Think of the myriad ways that such spy-like reporting ”in the name of safety” could play out, with pettiness and retribution ruining lives and reputations. Someone needs to remind Sheriff Bradshaw that this is America 2013, not Germany in the 1930′s.

The goal of this preposterous overreach is crime prevention. Bradshaw says he wants to make sure law enforcement knows about potential powder kegs before tragedies occur. The $1 million funding provision has rightly provoked concerns among mental health providers and legal experts about the balance between civil liberties, privacy and protecting the public.

Bradshaw says, “As Sheriff, I am committed to making our neighborhoods in Palm Beach County safe for everyone.” 

He neglects to mention that in order to accomplish his goal he will deliberately trample the rights of the citizens who put him in office.


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