Obama welcomes illegals: Mi casa, su casa
The Obama administration has had its long knives out for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio with a concerted effort, over an extended period. Nowhere was that more apparent than with the Justice Department accusing the career lawman of responsibility for his office’s “pattern of misconduct” that supposedly permitted unlawful arrests, excessive force against Hispanics and resulted in the failure to provide constitutional protections to illegal aliens against attacks along the Southwest border.
Since Maricopa County does not abut the border, there is more than enough reason to see this as an exercise in “throw it all at the wall, and see what sticks.”
One gleeful news report even went as far as stating that “preliminary findings by the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division come as Arpaio has been hinting of plans to seek national political office.” The statement is absurd on its face. At nearly 80 years of age, Arpaio is not likely to be seeking national office when his term expires.
The pro-open borders Arizona Republic, emboldened by the recent removal of Senate President Russell Pearce from his post by radical activists, is on a rampage today with Page One headlines, columnists, cartoon and a lengthy slanted editorial– all blasting Arpaio.
Under Arpaio’s leadership, the MCSO is committed to enforcing the law, while working with federal, state, and other local law enforcement agencies to prevent acts of terrorism within the county and state of Arizona.
Along the way, the popular sheriff has also incurred the wrath of Arizona’s former governor Janet Napolitano. She sits at the right hand of Barack Obama. And in the upcoming 2012 election, Obama needs the votes of grateful Hispanics to whom he intends to grant amnesty. Joe Arpaio stands in his way in that effort.
Napolitano, now Secretary of Homeland Security, has curtailed the successful 287(g) program in which MCSO deputies are cross-trained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to identify illegal aliens booked into county jails.
This federal investigation reeks of Obama’s Chicago-style politics, with Napolitano part and parcel of the effort to impede the sheriff. The timing of the allegations is suspect, with the release of the Department of Justice report coming on the heels of congressional calls for the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for his role in the deadly gun-running scheme known as Fast and Furious. These Arizona charges are obviously intended as a deflecting device, since the report was released on the first anniversary of the murder of Arizona Border Patrol agent Brian Terry — a murder for which Holder, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, refused to apologize to Terry’s grieving parents.
At yesterday’s press conference, Arpaio criticized the report, saying “Don’t come here and use me as a whipping boy for a national and international problem. We are proud of the work we have done to fight illegal immigration.” Denouncing the Obama administration, Arpaio said it is putting a greater priority on going after law enforcement than securing the border with Mexico, stating that “by their actions today, President Obama and a band of his merry men might as well erect their own pink neon sign at the Arizona/Mexico border saying, ‘Welcome all illegals to your United States. Our home is your home.’”
How right he is.
Sheriff Arpaio’s press conference statements and response to the DOJ letter can be seen here.