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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

SHERIFF JOE IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT!

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About time. According to the AP:

Federal authorities told a high-profile Arizona sheriff Tuesday that
they will investigate his department over allegations of discrimination
and unconstitutional searches and seizures.

The U.S. Justice
Department said in a letter to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that
investigators will focus on alleged patterns of police discrimination
based on national origin.

Frank Sharry, director of immigrant advocacy organization America's Voice had this to say:

"The news of the DOJ investigation is a welcome first step towards re-establishing justice in Maricopa County. We are confident that the investigation will reveal the Arpaio approach to law enforcement for what it really is - un-American, ineffective, and anti-Latino. As a result, we expect Arpaio's authority to check immigration status under the 287(g) program to be terminated."



"Sheriff Arpaio's actions have long been the best example of why the federal government needs to take back control of immigration enforcement. While Arpaio's abuses are particularly vile, we support Secretary Napolitano's call for a full review of the 287(g) program and were troubled by the recent GAO report questioning its effectiveness.



Napolitano's review should ensure that communities continue to have good relationships with their local police departments, not be scared of them. The only real solution is enacting immigration reform law that secures our borders, legalizes undocumented workers, and re-establishes a coordinated intergovernmental immigration strategy. This remains our best path forward to fix a broken system and guard against future abuse."

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  1. Another voice's Avatar
    Its about time.....
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    May be they should let him destroy Arizona's housing sector further!
  3. mulberry's Avatar
    He is a disgrace to humanity.
    Hope he gets what he deserves.
  4. George Chell's Avatar
    Perhaps you should nominate the new President of Dartmouth as the Immigrant of the Day...

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/03/campus_insider_3.html

    Someone sympathetic to the anti-immigration groups has already attacked him with language typical of these groups...

    "The anonymous e-mail referred to Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-born Harvard medical school professor and global health pioneer, as a "Chinaman" and went on to bemoan the loss of another "hard-working American's job" to "an immigrant willing to work in substandard conditions at near-subsistent wage.''"

    Sounds like Kirkorian or Stein.

  5. RegularGuy's Avatar
    Sheriff Joe is very popular in Arizona. He was recently reelected with a large plurality.

    This is a witch hunt to try and stop him from enforcing immigration law, nothing more, nothing less. I find it frightening when people cheer a witch hunt against law enforcement because they want people to be able to break the law without consequence.

    If they silence Joe, someone else will rise up and take his place. The people of Arizona want immigration offences and identity theft offences to be prosecuted.
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