Arpaio keeps up pressure on illegal immigration despite ruling

posted at 12:55 pm on July 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Despite the ruling this week that temporarily suspended the most controversial parts of Arizona’s new immigration-enforcement laws, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has no intention of slowing his efforts to find illegal immigrants and smuggling operations.  Under the aegis of previously-existing state laws, Arpaio has already committed to an enthusiastic approach to immigration law enforcement, regularly conducting sweeps and busting stash houses.  The setback in federal court has hardly dampened his spirits, as CBS News reports:

Lost in the hoopla over Arizona’s immigration law is the fact that state and local authorities for years have been doing their own aggressive crackdowns in the busiest illegal gateway into the country.

Nowhere in the U.S. is local enforcement more present than in metropolitan Phoenix, where Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio routinely carries out sweeps, some in Hispanic neighborhoods, to arrest illegal immigrants. The tactics have made him the undisputed poster boy for local immigration enforcement and the anger that so many authorities feel about the issue.  …

In addition to Arpaio’s crackdowns, other efforts include a steady stream of busts by the state and local police of stash houses where smugglers hide illegal immigrants. The state attorney general has taken a money-wiring company to civil court on allegations that smugglers used their service to move money to Mexico. And a county south of Phoenix has its sheriff’s deputies patrol dangerous smuggling corridors.

The legislature passed the law in part because other law-enforcement agencies didn’t show as much enthusiasm as Arpaio.  The law required police and sheriffs to investigate immigration status when reasonable suspicion of illegality arose during “lawful contact” on other potential violations or criminal acts.  It also allows individual citizens to sue when they have evidence that their law-enforcement agencies are neglecting that requirement.  That’s why some of the police chiefs and sheriffs opposed the bill when it was in the legislature.

Otherwise, Arizona has a rather robust set of laws in place already to allow these agencies to follow Arpaio’s lead.  The Obama administration has already expressed its displeasure with Arpaio’s efforts by decertifying his department with DHS, but Maricopa County has simply shifted those efforts towards the state laws.  The policy serves a few purposes: it demonstrates a lack of federal effort in Arizona, the continuing need for enforcement, and it gets Arpaio on the news … which Arpaio doesn’t mind at all, and neither do his Maricopa County constituents.

Speaking of a lack of federal response, the cavalry isn’t coming as initially promised, the White House admits:

Arizona National Guard troops won’t be in position to enforce U.S. border laws by Aug. 1, guard officials said.

The department of Homeland Security and Defense announced 10 days ago more than 500 troops would help with border interdiction by Aug 1.

It isn’t known when any troops will be deployed to enforce border security, a National Guard spokesman told The Arizona Republic.

“We won’t have any units deployed by Aug. 1,” said Lt. Valentine Castillo, a public affairs officer. “We don’t yet know when troops will actually arrive.”

In other words, it’s only words coming from Washington on border security for Arizona — a situation that certainly predates this administration, and explains why Arpaio is so enthusiastic about his work.


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Go Sheriff Joe!

novaculus on July 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Wow, an actual man.

tetriskid on July 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Joe the Sheriff

faraway on July 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Joe rocks.

jennifernaz on July 30, 2010 at 1:01 PM

God bless this man!

JellyToast on July 30, 2010 at 1:01 PM

It isn’t known when any troops will be deployed to enforce border security, a National Guard spokesman told The Arizona Republic.

The Obama administration is delaying it purely out of spite.

Ward Cleaver on July 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Thank you Sheriff Joe for doing the job the feds won’t do. Please watch your back, lots of nasty people don’t care for much.
L

letget on July 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Joe is doing what Arizonans want done — enforcing the law. He’s an elected official who actually listens to his constituents. Imagine that.

AZCoyote on July 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Unfortunately, Joe is 78 years old, and he won’t be around forever. We can only hope that when he retires, there’s a successor out there that’s as tough as he is.

Ward Cleaver on July 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Except for the agressive law-enforcement efforts in metro Phoenix, this really isn’t ground shaking news.

If you listen to what he says it is: When a person is arrested for breaking a law, ANY law and lodged in my jail we will determine whether they are here legally or not, and if they are illegal, we will detain them for ICE to deal with.

That is EXACTLY the same thing that happens in ANY county jail. All Sheriffs, for the most part, are in charge of their county jails. Anyone who is lodged in a county jail MUST be properly identified (to prevent innocent parties from having their names, etc used and convictions entered on their records by someone claiming to be them, or someone using thier SS number for “work” purposes, etc).

Since every single person must be identified, that identification process automatically includes determining immigration status. If a person is here illegally, the county jails are required to notify ICE that they are holding a person who is illegally in the U.S. and to hold that person until ICE either deports them, or MORE OFTEN – takes custody of the person and releases them pending a “hearing”. In other words, ICE runs a revolving door when it comes to illegals and that is one of the motivations behind the Arizona law trying to get the Feds to actually DO THEIR JOBS!!!

His “sweeps” are NOT for illegal immigrants, but for those breaking State laws – no matter how insignificant or petty. Those folks are then lodged in the jail and then their identity and immigration status is determined. By the way, enforcement of ALL laws, no minor how petty, is the exact strategy Guilianni used to bring crime down in NY city. But the Sheriff himself, isn’t really doing anything any other Sheriff would do in regard to identifying illegals in his jail.

Fatal on July 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Good for him. He serves the people without whoring himself to the ruling class.

FloatingRock on July 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Re SB1070 “The law required police and sheriffs to investigate immigration status when reasonable suspicion of illegality arose during “lawful contact” on other potential violations or criminal acts.”

The law still allows a check, but rather than ‘required’, the check is done at the officer’s discretion. Not much of a change there.

slickwillie2001 on July 30, 2010 at 1:10 PM

It’s such a rare thing these days when a public official actually serves the public.

FloatingRock on July 30, 2010 at 1:11 PM

I wonder, can the Governor call out the Guard if she declares it is an emergency?

sandee on July 30, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Joe Arpaio Website
===========================

http://www.mcso.org/index.php?a=GetModule&mn=Special_Announce

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Thank you Sheriff Joe for doing the job the feds won’t do.

letget on July 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

That’s why illegals keep pouring over the border; to do the jobs the Feds won’t do!

cartooner on July 30, 2010 at 1:12 PM

In the private sector, not doing what your job description says you should do, gets you fired. In the public sector, not so much.

a capella on July 30, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Keep sending in the union goons,
lock em’ up Joe!!!

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:13 PM

God bless you Sheriff Joe! Keep up the good work!

DuctTapeMyBrain on July 30, 2010 at 1:15 PM

How can we get Joe or someone as dedicated as he is to lead this country from the White House? (or at least send him to Calif to clean up this mess)

dragondrop on July 30, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Why secure the border!!!
Heres why!!
===================================================

One illegal immigrant is now confirmed as having chicken pox,

and three others are suspected of
being infected. All occupants have been exposed and may be carriers of the highly infectious air
born disease.
===============

All kinds of goodie information on Sheriff Joe’s website!

http://www.mcso.org/include/pr_pdf/Chickenpox%20load%20vehicle%20Release.pdf

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:17 PM

I wonder, can the Governor call out the Guard if she declares it is an emergency?

sandee on July 30, 2010 at 1:11 PM

I think so….

FloatingRock on July 30, 2010 at 1:18 PM

SEIU Welcomes AZ Governor Jan Brewer to the White House With SB1070 Protest

SEIU Blog

http://www.seiu.org/2010/06/seiu-welcomes-az-governor-jan-brewer-to-the-white-house-with-sb1070-protest.php

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:22 PM

One hopes a Maricopa County arrest included a body cavity search at the station.

Wethal on July 30, 2010 at 1:23 PM

In other words, it’s only words coming from Washington on border security for Arizona

It’s only words coming from Wash. on any topic, except on Obama’s malicious Utopian agenda.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2010 at 1:25 PM

funny, SSDD

didn’t we hear about this with gitmo as well…

words, just words…

cmsinaz on July 30, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Some Pics of Sunday’s Immigration Protest in AZ You Won’t Be Seeing on MSNBC

Nazi pictures to boot!!

http://www.verumserum.com/?p=14216

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:28 PM

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:28 PM

nice
/s

these pics will show up on chrissy’s next ‘right wing is evil’ show

cmsinaz on July 30, 2010 at 1:30 PM

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:28 PM

I applaud snark wherever I see it. From your link:

“Illegal Immigration is Not a New Problem. Natives Used to Call it WHITE PEOPLE.”

Holger on July 30, 2010 at 1:31 PM

They are bringing all kinds of disease in with them. I had whooping cough two years ago. the US wiped that out years ago and I caught it from where? I am sure that there is worse sneaking in over the border, just seal the damn thing!

rgranger on July 30, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Too bad that we don’t have more Law Enforcement leaders like Sheriff Joe. Sheriff Joe and Jan Brewer have more backbone than the members of Congress and the U.S. Senate.
The City of Los Angeles could use a Chief with the backbone of Sheriff Joe. The present Chief is the puppet of the Mayor.

Keep Safe Sheriff Joe. The American Public love you and Jan.

flintstone on July 30, 2010 at 1:33 PM

If the protesters in Phoenix knew anything at all about Sheriff Joe, they would have canceled the protest. Joe absolutely thrives on media attention.
He got to have a press conference picked up by CNN yesterday. He couldn’t have asked for a better platform.
The day a judge blocks major parts of the law, they are in the streets, looking ungrateful, and proudly declaring their illegal status on TV.
November can’t come fast enough.

redshirt on July 30, 2010 at 1:33 PM

redshirt on July 30, 2010 at 1:33 PM

i saw a breitbart video via drudge with the protesters STILL waving mexican flags…

cmsinaz on July 30, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Heres another nutjob operation!!!
========================================

Free Baja Arizona!

http://www.bandersnatch.com/bajaz.htm

From/

Arizona News from The Arizona Republic

Hundreds protest as Arizona’s immigration law takes effect

http://tucsoncitizen.com/arizona-news/2010/07/30/hundreds-protest-as-arizonas-immigration-law-takes-effect/

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

it’s only words coming from Washington on border security

That’s all this administration does.

GarandFan on July 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Free Baja Arizona!

http://www.bandersnatch.com/bajaz.htm

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Nice Parody.

Holger on July 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:28 PM
===================================
nice
/s

these pics will show up on chrissy’s next ‘right wing is evil’ show

cmsinaz on July 30, 2010 at 1:30 PM

cmsinaz: No kidding,and yet,there still is no,zero,zip
Nazi related anything at any Tea Party Rally!!:)

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Free Baja Arizona!

http://www.bandersnatch.com/bajaz.htm

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM
==================
Nice Parody.

Holger on July 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Holger: These people are nuts!!:)

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

One illegal immigrant is now confirmed as having chicken pox,

and three others are suspected of
being infected. All occupants have been exposed and may be carriers of the highly infectious air
born disease.

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Something to remember when you see an illegal working in a restaurant kitchen…or picking lettuce …or walking around in a mall ….

macncheez on July 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Arpaio/Bachmann 2012?

Buddahpundit on July 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

macncheez on July 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Or mowing your wife’s lawn while you are at work.

Holger on July 30, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Why can we get a guy like this for Homeland security?

uber on July 30, 2010 at 1:48 PM

The sheriffs are key in keeping the federal government at bay

Conservative Voice on July 30, 2010 at 1:48 PM

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:28 PM

“Illegal Immigration is Not a New Problem. Natives Used to Call it WHITE PEOPLE.”

Holger on July 30, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Holger: Ya I seen that,probably bused in union goons!!:)

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

But the Sheriff himself, isn’t really doing anything any other Sheriff would do in regard to identifying illegals in his jail.

Fatal on July 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Dead-nuts right-on, Fatal.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has truly earned the status of ‘America’s Sheriff’.

listens2glenn on July 30, 2010 at 1:54 PM

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:17 PM
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Something to remember when you see an illegal working in a restaurant kitchen…or picking lettuce …or walking around in a mall ….

macncheez on July 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

macncheez:No kidding,nightmarish scenes,btw,I took that off
Joe Arpaio’s website,press releases!

And,I have never seen anything in the msm on that,
only that illegals are hard workers,-gag!!:)

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Or mowing your wife’s lawn while you are at work.

Holger on July 30, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Oh I got a good one to say but its not even noon yet …too early to get into the fri-nite jokes..haha

macncheez on July 30, 2010 at 1:56 PM

It is not only chickenpox and other things, TB is on the rise and in some places leprosy. One does not know if these people working in restaurnat or whatever wash their hands after they do the funtion in the bathroom. There could be many other diseases that we could see a rise. If someone was given smallpox(to cause a crisis), how many American’s have had immunization for this? I have, but I am over 60. Something to think about, IMO.
L

letget on July 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Uh-huh,now that’s a leader!

ohiobabe on July 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM

yup

cmsinaz on July 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

If someone was given smallpox(to cause a crisis), how many American’s have had immunization for this? I have, but I am over 60. Something to think about, IMO.
L

letget on July 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Smallpox vaccinations stopped sometime in the ’70s. My sister has one, she was born in ’75. I don’t have the scar and I was born in ’81.

Holger on July 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Arpaio/Palin 2012

free on July 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM

it gets Arpaio on the news … which Arpaio doesn’t mind at all, and neither do his Maricopa County constituents.

I love Sheriff Joe, but it’s well known that the most dangerous place in the world is standing between him & a TV camera.

itsnotaboutme on July 30, 2010 at 2:10 PM

And,I have never seen anything in the msm on that,
only that illegals are hard workers,-gag!!:)

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Illegals come here to work is the myth which illegals and the critters the mexican drug-cartels have purchased in US Congress want us to believe. I live in a sanctuary city over-run by illegals, there is no way more than 10% illegals even have yobs.
Here is a simple assingnment :

Check out any local ‘day-labor’ hangout, and count how many guys are there over a period of 2 weeks or so.
Then check out how many get picked up for yobs, over the 2 weeks . That gives a fair idea of %age yob-rate for this specific bunch .
In the evening, they all go home.
Question : How are they paying for housing ? How are they paying for their meals ? How are they paying for their other necessities ?
I know the answer. How about the rest of the country finds it out too, by their own efforts ?

macncheez on July 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Eric Holder fears Sheriff Joe!

pilamaye on July 30, 2010 at 2:17 PM

The DHS “decertified” his department precisely because its efforts were effective.

The name of the game for the Dems is to pretend to enforce the law while doing everything in their power to see that it is not enforced. After all, illegal aliens are their future constituents, future “victims” whose grievances will be used to attack the country from within.

Evil never sleeps and stupid never dies.

leereyno on July 30, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Sheriff Joe is 78 and it breaks my heart that there are over three thousand sheriffs in the USA that we never hear about, why not? When Joe retires I hope he has a job teaching sheriffs their job.

mixplix on July 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Question : How are they paying for housing ? How are they paying for their meals ? How are they paying for their other necessities ?
I know the answer. How about the rest of the country finds it out too, by their own efforts ?

macncheez on July 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM

macncheez:All great questions,I have no idea,my brain isn’t
wired for scamming,or illegal activities,let alone
criminal thinking——————–:)

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM
==========
yup

cmsinaz on July 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

cmsinaz:)

canopfor on July 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

I sure hope Joe has some serious security watching his back – so many nutters lefties out there, he should be very very careful. . . .

karra on July 30, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Ward Cleaver on July 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Arpaio’s old school, seen everything gone to hell in a handbasket and knows who is at fault because he’s witnessed and dealt with/against international, federal and local foes of the US Constitution.

God bless Sheriff Joe and the State of Arizona. He certainly has True Grit.

Opposing enforcement of law as politically incorrect, I got the impression that Goldwater’s children have forfeited their father’s legacy in order to turn over the easy buck and get along with the Marxists, transforming their family’s conservative bulwark into sheer opportunism embracing Obama’s style of legal practice, “LEGALLY” gutting the system for corrupt personal gain while preaching virtue to the public.

maverick muse on July 30, 2010 at 4:16 PM

karra on July 30, 2010 at 3:41 PM

It helps to express a positive blessing for those who despite all odds protect America from enemies of the state and US Constitution.

maverick muse on July 30, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Did anyone notice the large mexican flag being waved outside the sherrif’s dept. in Phoenix during the protest; also, an equally large image of Che Guevara being waved. Any doubt about what those folks are up to?

oakland on July 30, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Don’t forget that illegals can register to vote with impunity

you are not allowed to verify citizenship

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