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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Phoenix's Medieval Lord Sheriff

Arizona Posse To Arrest Illegal Immigrants
You have probably heard of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix, Atizona. He runs Maricopa County as his own fiefdom and cares little about rule of law. It's "Joe's Law" there !Civil rights? Not in Joe's County!The self important tinhorn Arpaio has his own private army composed of private citizens and sheriff's deputies. His "Sheriff's Posse" has a history of working outside the law and now they plan to patrol the Phoenix area and arrest any illegal immigrants."I'm not going to turn these people over to federal authorities so they can have a free ride back to Mexico. I'll give them a free ride into the county jail," said Arpaio. Volunteers will be drawn from the department's 3,000-member posse. "It's important to send the message out to stay in Mexico and don't come roaming around here hoping you're going to get amnesty," said Arpaio, who in years past gained notoriety for putting inmates on chain gangs and issuing them striped uniforms and pink underwear.Arpaio's deputies have already arrested about 120 illegal immigrants using a new state smuggling law. "We're going to arrest any illegal who violates this new law," he said. Under the law, as interpreted by the Maricopa County attorney, illegal immigrants can be arrested and prosecuted for conspiracy to smuggle themselves into the country. The law's authors have said they intended it to be used to prosecute smugglers, not the immigrants being smuggled. Did you get that? If you sneak over the border on your own you will be charged with a conspiracy to smuggle illegal aliens! Absurd!
Lawyers for nearly 50 undocumented immigrants charged with conspiracy to commit human smuggling have filed motions to have the charges dismissed.A Los Angeles attorney brought into the case last week by the Mexican Consul General's Office in Phoenix plans to file another
motion claiming Maricopa County Attorney officials are violating state and federal law because it's the federal government's job to control illegal immigration.



At 8:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, are the good citizens of this man's county going to enjoy paying for the upkeep of all the "illegal" immigrants sitting in their jails? What if they are ill? who pays the medical costs? This could get really, really expensive, even with the prisoner abuses this guy indulges in...



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