Many of you have heard stories about Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. He’s the guy who made inmates wear pink. He’s also the guy who, when inmates complained of the heat, said, “It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and the soldiers are living in tents and they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths.” Basically, this guy is what we envision when we elect a sheriff. And now he’s being investigated by the Department of Justice.
The DOJ, following requests from liberal Democrat Members of Congress John Conyers, Jerrold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, and Robert Scott, along with ACORN and National Day Laborer Organizer Network, launched an investigation into Sheriff Arpaio’s office. According to a letter from the DOJ to the Sheriff’s office, the investigation will focus on:
“…alleged patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures conducted by the MCSO, and on allegations of national origin discrimination, including failure to provide meaningful access to MCSO services for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals.”
Ok, that sounds all hunky dory but what does it really mean? I’ll answer that one. It means Sheriff Arpaio is screwed. How would Arpaio ever comply with the national origin discrimination laws when he’s dealing with a so many illegal aliens and Spanish speaking individuals? I’m positive that at one time or another, Maricopa County didn’t have the resources to provide a Spanish speaking employee for the inmate. It would be almost impossible. And that would be enough to fulfill their witch hunt.
Their true beef is that Sheriff Arpaio is a stickler for the rule of law and doesn’t turn a blind eye to illegal aliens. In an August 2008 press release from Arpaio’s office, it explains that from April 2007 to August 2008 around 16,000 illegal aliens have been booked. It goes on to say, “That number of 16,000 represents a full one-third of all inmates in the United States who have had holds placed on them after being identified by jail or prison officials as illegal aliens.”
What is actually happening here is the liberal congressmen and activist groups have a hate list. Apparently Sheriff Arpaio is toward the top of the list. We’ll see who is next but in the mean time, keep an eye on this case for when Arpaio goes, so does the rule of law.
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