Sheriff Joe’s Harrassment by Obama

Sheriff Joe Arpaio continues to be harassed by the Obama administration.  And as part of their assault on Sheriff Joe, the Obama administration recently revoked the 287(g) program.

speaking in Phoenix, Arizona on February 26, 2011.

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The 287(g) program was created by the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. It authorized federal immigration authorities to train and deputize
 state and local law enforcement to fight illegal immigration.

Despite using the success of 287(g) in Maricopa County (where 58 percent of the state’s residents live), as a justification for suing to invalidate SB 1070, the Obama administration has now revoked the program as part of an all-out assault against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

And the reason for the revocation? The results of a three-year investigation that wasted millions of taxpayer dollars.

The justification for revoking the agreement comes from a 22-page letter written by Thomas Perez, the head of the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. The letter accuses Sheriff Joe of “discriminatory policing” and not giving enough bilingual services to Spanish-speaking prisoners.

According to Perez, the letter to Arpaio is a result of a three-year-long investigation. The investigation was aided “by four leading police practice experts, one jail expert, and an expert on statistical analysis; we reviewed tens of thousands of pages of documentary evidence; toured [Maricopa County’s] jails; and interviewed over 400 individuals, including approximately 150 former and current … inmates, and more than 75 former and current [Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office] personnel.”

In addition there is a false claim of racial profiling that isn’t backed up.

Perez’s main allegation is that Sheriff Joe is racially profiling in his enforcement of laws against illegal immigration. The principal basis for this is a statistical study that claims that Hispanics are more likely to be pulled over and searched by Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies. 
However, the Obama administration refuses to release the data behind the study.

Even Robert Robb, a liberal columnist of the Arizona Republic, who previously accused Arpaio of running a “rogue agency,” wrote that “the letter is uncomfortably weak regarding evidence to back up its sweeping charges of pervasive racial discrimination.”

It should also be noted that ethnicity can be utilized when it comes to immigration enforcement.

while Sheriff Joe is not racially profiling, the Supreme Court has ruled that ethnicity may be a legitimate factor in immigration enforcement. In the 1975 case United States v. Brignoni-Ponce, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled “the likelihood that any given person of Mexican ancestry is an alien is high enough to make Mexican appearance a relevant factor, but, standing alone, it does not justify stopping all Mexican-Americans to ask if they are aliens.”

The simple reality is that the Obama administration is peeved that in Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe is enforcing immigration laws.

Under the leadership of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 25 percent of all deportation in the United States since
 2007 came from Maricopa County. Arpaio’s success in identifying and deporting illegal aliens stands in sharp contrast to ICE’s weak enforcement across the rest of the nation. That success is an embarrassment to the federal immigration authorities, and this is why they are suing him and revoking his 287(g) authority. Apparently, Arizona’s enforcement efforts must be brought down to the levels of New York and Chicago and other sanctuary cities.

A prime example that enforcement of immigration laws is considered a no-no to the Obama adminstration.

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