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Sheriff Joe: I'll Arrest Immigration Protesters

Sheriff Joe: I'll Arrest Immigration Protesters

Dressed up to depict Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Jorge Mendez joins dozens to protest the SB1070 Arizona immigration law in front of U.S. District Court. (AP)

Associated Press/AP Online via YellowBrix

July 28, 2010

WASHINGTON – The sheriff of the most populous county in Arizona says he’s “not going to put up with any civil disobedience” when the state’s new immigration law takes effect.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says that if protesters want to block his jail, he’ll put them in it.

The Arizona law, which takes effect Thursday, requires officers enforcing other laws to check a person’s immigration status if they suspect the person is in the country illegally.

Arpaio told ABC’s “Good Morning America” he doesn’t know “what the big hype is.”

He says it’s “a crime to be here illegally and everyone should enforce” the law.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    well, we cant arrest westboro for protesting vets, and the tea party doesnt get arrested for protesting so why are we going to arrest people for protesting this? you cant have it both ways. When i can arrest westboro Ill think about arresting immigration protestors. I thought the protest thing was covered byu the constitution ? remember that document?

  • The-runaway-stretched-canvas-print-c13214034_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Totally agree there darsavmo. And the last time I checked Swatness. It is not the job of the patrol officer, deputy, trooper or commander to interperet the law. It is their job to simply enforce it. I wont comment about your aguments and senarios that you cited. For some one that has the years of service you claim to you certainly dont act like it.

  • Thinker_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Break the law protesting, go to jail, illegal immigrant or not. Sounds fair to me...

  • Ronnay_001_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    These people just standing around can be charged with a variety of criminal offenses. According to my state's statutes, as an example, If this were to occur in front of our jails, the protesters can be charged with obstructing a peace officer, unlawful assembly, criminal trespassing, all of which are class A misdemeanors. If they happen to physically be in contact with ANY of the outstanding deputies who are just trying to do their job, then they can be charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer. And in Arizona that is a Class 6 felony which can be escalated to class 5 or 2 depending on the severity of the assault itself.

    In response to your last post, Swatness, do you honestly believe that what Sheriff Joe and his deputees are doing is wrong? The law is the law, and an enforcer of the law is STILL an enforcer of the law. You know this, Sir, having been a police officer for twenty years in your jurisdiction where you have probably been an exceptionally good police officer.

    The law is the law, and it is supreme. It knows no colors, but black or white. There is no grey in between, and if I were to believe that there IS a grey area, I have to ask myself, "How can I enforce that which is grey?"

    We can go on and on and on about the amendments and how we perceive them to be, but neither you nor I are judges, either circuit or Supreme. We are enforcers of the law, you having been retired and seen it all, and me starting the process of becoming one.

    I thank you for your discussion, because it really added thought and insight into this debate, and I will continue it with you for as long as you like.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    I am a 20 year vet of a major police department.. The whole time has been spent in a black and white doing police work. We have a large hispanic population. I get called to translate, almost every day so I know what is going on...Mexican families have told me they will stop calling the police. People will actually stop calling the police !!!! This will result in a degree of anarchy with criminals preying on victims they know will not call the police.

    That is not a good situation and noone can make it a good situation with the "Screw em they're illegal anyway"
    mentality. Because a lot of them are not illegal.

    I was called to translate on a deal. When I rolled up I observed an undercover detective screaming at a Mexican family, including a mother holding a baby, that if he didn't find the person he was looking for he was going to call immigration. These people were terrified. As I spoke to them it turns out they were 100 percent legal, being 2nd generation. They also spoke english but noone bothered to find out before calling for a spanish speaking officer.

    These people were not illegal, had committed no criminal act but do you think they will ever have trust or have love for the police? I doubt it. That's what this law will do. These are the kinds of incidents myself and many others want to avoid.

    This law violates the 4th and 5th amendment. It takes away any semblance of due process as guaranteed by the constitution. Hispanics that have lived in this country for several generations will not get due process under this law. It has already happened to legal mexicans rounded up during Sheriff Joe's roundups.

    This law is a clear violation of the 4th amendments guarantee of illegal search and seizure. It is an unreasonable search or seizure when the defining reason of who does or does not get searched is skin color or racial appearance.

    This was tried and failed by The state of California in 1994 with prop 187. This was struck down by Federal judge Mariana Pfaelzer. She rejected California's attempt to regulate immigration, which she said is the federal government's responsibility.

    States like Arizon, Nevada, California do not have it within their power to usurp federal authority to enforce immigration laws.
    States cannot coin their own currency, they can't wage war or make treatys with with foreign governments and they can't enforce immigration laws. The Arizona law does that. So it is plainly unconstitional.

    In the 90's, Maricopa county was one of the fastest growing counties in America. Who was highly recruited to swing the hammers and do the building in the 120 degree heat during that time? You guessed it, illegal mexican immigrants. They were heavily recruited to work at those jobs that nobody else wanted.

    But now, now that all the work is done, everyone is saying "Hey wait a minute, how did all these Mexicans get here". Several border states over the years have been very active in recruiting illegal Mexicans to work for cheap labor then they want to complain about them. For these metropolitan communities to benefit from cheap mexican labor then to gripe about them being here is dishonest and hypocritical. Huge cities and the surrounding areas are guilty of this. Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas etc....

    Mark my words, it is just a matter of time before this unconstitutional law is struck down. Just like the similar law was struck down in California in 1994. It is already starting to happen with District Judge's Susan Boltons ruling on the Arizona Law. Judge Bolton pretty much ruled the guts out of the Arizona Legislation, Thank God!!

    Rallies across the country, involving thousands, protesting the Arizona law, kicked off in many cities.
    Americans across the country do not want these laws in effect and they are showing it with their protests. The country has not been this divided since the American people were protesting the Vietnam war.

    There are 40 cities around the country that have adopted ordinances or resolutions declaring that they are sanctuaries for immigrants. These include New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Miami and Washington, DC, to name a few.

    A large segment of the american people are against these laws. Arizona's law will be struck down.

    Sheriff Joe will eventually be indicted as,according to the Department of Justice, not me, he conducts illegal immigration roundups and destroys evidence during federal investigations. Its documented.

    Sheriff Joe needs to go and so does the Arizona Law. He will and it will.

    This is my opinion. I am not forcing it on anyone. It is only my opinion formed during my life experience and my experience as a police officer on the street for 20 years and as a retired military policeman.

    Again it is only my opinion.!!!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    Stay safe Sheriff Joe. You are doing a fine job eliminating crimes in Arizona.

  • 2011_range_day_2-19-10_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Illegal is not a race! Go get 'em Sheriff Joe.
    Everybody please be safe.

  • Dcp_0435_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The problem is you have a large number of people who break the law but think they should be exempt from the consequences. Sound familiar? I don't know how many times I've spoke to an inmate with this attitude.

  • Dcp_0435_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    When I grow up, I wanna be like Joe!

  • Pdpic_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    hey when is obama gonna apologize to mexico for those of us who follow the citizenship laws in the USA

  • Pdpic_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    what is killing me is everybody is talking about just the illegal mexicans what about all the other illegals in this country people that out stay their visa's there are many races that are here illegaly it should be standard procedure to question anybodys status that can't provide valid id and valid id should only be given to those that can produce a citizenship card or a valid social security number

  • Ship_patch_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    God bless a man with a backbone that upholds the law and the truth !!!
    Keep up the fight again the criminals Joe!!
    Don't back down like the cowardly Obama administration has!!
    Illegal means ILLEGAL !!
    If you want to be a citizen of this country EARN IT, DON'T STEAL IT !!

  • 100_2075_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    He's got my vote!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    You go Joe.

  • Image_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Sheriff Joe Arpaio for President!!!

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