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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

SHERIFF JOE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA: I AM THE LAW

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Well, that's basically what he's saying. The other day I reported that DHS is signing new 287(g) agreements with 11 more police departments. I didn't report a good piece of news, however, and that is that DHS will now only allow local law enforcement agencies to use 287(g) in connection with people committing real crimes (e.g. not jaywalking or having a broken tail light or having windows tinted too dark). They are also insisting that crimes actually be prosecuted rather than police forces using the arrest as an excuse to rush someone to the border and deport them.

Think Progress is reporting that Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Phoenix intends to ignore the law (irony, anyone?) and continue on as he has. He also has told the Wall Street Journal:

If I'm told not to enforce immigration law except if the alien is a
violent criminal, my answer to that is we are still going to do the
same thing, 287g or not.

I'm looking forward to seeing this showdown. I can see the contempt order coming.

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  1. ted sallador's Avatar
    Joe Arpaio has an ego wide as Grand Canyon. I am looking forward to the "showdown" you alluded. It will truly be a "high noon"!
  2. analytical's Avatar
    Hi Greg
    Please write something on nurse immigration issue.We are desperately waiting for latest news on nurses bill.
    thank you

  3. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Analytical - Please note that I have another blog that covers health care immigration and that's where I usually cover nursing immigration. It is at http://www.visalaw.com/blog_hc/blog_hc.html .
  4. George Chell 's Avatar
    I am hoping that Arapaio was involved indirectly in the home invasion by Ms. Ford that resulted in the death of two US citizens..now that would be a reason for indictment.
  5. Another voice's Avatar
    I think this guy wants to provoke the feds to bring him down to use it as a flag that says "see they don't really care about fighting Illegal immigration and I do" I can see the headlines in Lou Dobbs and FOX NEWS. They may just want to focus their efforts on CIR and make this guy irrelevant... or perhaps revoke his 287(g) agreement for not following the law, I guess that is the showdown.
  6. psc's Avatar
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090715/ap_on_bi_ge/us_health_care_overhaul


    "Obama himself was driving the action, scheduling a Rose Garden statement to reiterate that a bill will get done and focus on the role of nurses in any overhaul'

    how do u u analyze this?
  7. AD's Avatar
    K Nurses,

    This is not the senate floor and Greg is no Harry Reid (I wish). Issues such as nurse relief and EB relief will not have day to day updates. No point in shouting "news on nurse relief" every day in every unrelated post. You might find this harsh but it is the truth
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