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HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CALLS ON JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO INVESTIGATE SHERIFF JOE

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Sheriff Joe may have finally gone too far. Sally Kohn describes his latest antics at Huffington Post:

This week, having already done everything imaginable to turn himself into a national right-wing celebrity by terrorizing undocumented immigrants, Sheriff Joe turned to the unimaginable. For a pre-arranged media circus, he paraded -- that's right, paraded -- undocumented immigrants wearing humiliating old-fashioned prison uniforms and shackles out of the county jail to a "tent city" where they are now being held and awaiting court. Just as Arpaio rounded up immigrants in the county through widespread racial profiling, he has carried that racism to detention by segregation -- and singling out -- Latino immigrants.


The House Judiciary Committee has had enough. They're calling on the Justice Department to investigate. America's Voice is applauding the move:

America's Voice applauds the announcement that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will be calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct a federal investigation into the immigration enforcement actions of Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio has engaged in racial profiling in heavily Latino neighborhoods and recently paraded immigrant detainees through the streets of Phoenix in order to segregate and relocate them to a "Tent City". 

The Committee also asks the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review the agreement that DHS has signed with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office under Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  This agreement gives the Sheriff authority to enforce federal immigration laws, but does not provide permission to use racial profiling or other tactics that might violate an individual's constitutional rights. Below is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America's Voice:

"The Joe Arpaio approach to law enforcement is un-American and ineffective.  His actions are the perfect example of why the federal government needs to take back control of immigration enforcement and pass a practical immigration reform law that secures our borders and legalizes undocumented workers.  It's welcome news that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will begin a federal investigation into his unlawful tactics. Arpaio is a modern day Bull Connor and his publicity-seeking crusades have made the Latino community scared and Maricopa County less safe by prioritizing racial profiling over executing the felony warrants that have piled up on his desk."

"His most recent scheme, rounding up immigrants and shipping them off to separate "tent cities," is just the latest in a career filled with dangerous and anti-Latino demagoguery. Thankfully, Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and other members of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives will be able to catalog the range of his abuses he has heaped on the residents of Maricopa County and will hopefully bring long-awaited justice against a man who appears to not understand the word."

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Very good idea!
  2. Another voice's Avatar
    Hopefully the wheels of justice and human rights will move swiftly on this guy.
  3. JustCheck's Avatar
    What a shame! Now that the world is callilng names on Guantanamo, have these people found another way of stoking their pride. Good that media is not gagged!
  4. d's Avatar
    Instead of offering an apology years later , I think we all should do our best to stop this kind of degrading acts by police.
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    On another topic, we are all very familiar that the bigots at CIS want us to use robots. May I layout what is happening to the country (Japan) that uses robots instead of immigrants or foreign workers...

    http://www.icis.com/Articles/2009/02/16/9192802/japan-in-high-risk-of-deflation-q4-gdp-falls-12.7-yr-on-yr.html

    And may show you what is happening to the country (Australi) that does not listen to the voodoo from CIS and uses immigrants and foreign workers to alleviate labor shortages, instead of robots...

    http://www.icis.com/Articles/2009/02/16/9192802/japan-in-high-risk-of-deflation-q4-gdp-falls-12.7-yr-on-yr.html

    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/20090211/australia-employment-change-gains-on-the-month.htm

    The CIS wants America to look like Japan in the next ten years. It is upto us to decide whether we want to go the way of Japan and have a 12% decline in GDP and deflation or whether we want to go the way of Australia, add jobs and work our way towards an economic recovery. The choice is stark and for us to make. I rest my case!




  6. mulberry's Avatar
    Video showing the march
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP7AcZNwvhc

    Such a shame!! May be we should think next time we accuse the chinese of human rights violations.

    This guy should be in jail and paraded the same way even before he gets his day in court.
    But the sad thing is.. he will go on to hold elected office.
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    "Such a shame!! May be we should think next time we accuse the chinese of human rights violations.

    This guy should be in jail and paraded the same way even before he gets his day in court.
    But the sad thing is.. he will go on to hold elected office."

    This is why Arizona's housing market will not recover soon! Tell me which self-respecting Asian will want to buy property in Arizona even if investor visas were doubled!

  8. jackie @ av's Avatar
    Folks can sign the petition to investigate Sheriff Joe here:

    http://www.SheriffJoeMustGo.com
  9. George Chell's Avatar
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio's vision for Arizona and America...

    http://money.cnn.com/2009/02/17/real_estate/foreclosure_poster_child/index.htm?postversion=2009021813

    Serves them (the citizens of Arizona) right!
  10. Jenda's Avatar
    Isn't Arpaio Hispanic himself? He's a publicity hound and a shameless populist, but the ACLU caricature of the man has about as much credibility as his own publicity materials. http://www.answers.com/topic/joe-arpaio is neutral source. If the criticism were less strident, he might have been voted out already, and in say that having represented a number of inmates in his care. It's less sadistic than bungling.
  11. Federale's Avatar
    So, now you want immigration detainees held with criminals? Just a few days ago you were complaining that those held for immigration violations should not be held with what you called "criminals." Make up your mind. This just shows the dishonesty and hypocracy of the radical left and the reconquistas.

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