12/16/11, "Ariz. prosecutor wants immigration checks restored," AP
"The federal government's decision to stop an Arizona sheriff from checking inmates' immigration status will allow criminals to be released into the community, Maricopa County's top prosecutor said Friday as he asked the president to order Homeland Security officials to restore access to federal systems revoked a day earlier....
The fallout from the report was swift. Homeland Security officials announced the department is severing ties with Arpaio, stripping his jail officers of their federal power to check whether inmates in county jails are in the county illegally. Department officials also are restricting Arpaio's office from using a program that uses fingerprints collected in local jails to identify illegal immigrants.
"They don't need to do this. This effort at leverage is placing Arizona citizens at risk," Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said. "Preventing us from being able to get the necessary information to provide a court with the non-bondable status for serious offenses jeopardizes the community's safety, and limiting our ability to get information in order to comply with international treaty obligations for consular access calls into question future prosecutions."...
Montgomery said the federal government's actions will prevent his office from enforcing an Arizona law denying bail to illegal immigrants charged with serious felonies....
Arpaio faces a Jan. 4 deadline for saying whether he wants to work out an agreement to make the changes. If not, the federal government will sue him, possibly putting in jeopardy millions of dollars in federal funding for Maricopa County."...
Above Arizona-Mexico border, photo Now Public, 3/16/09
12/16/11, "Sheriff Arpaio object of politically motivated assault", "Obama welcomes illegals: Mi casa, su casa," Seeing Red AZ blog
"One gleeful news report even went as far as stating that “preliminary findings by the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division come as Arpaio has been hinting of plans to seek national political office.” The statement is absurd on its face. At nearly 80 years of age, Arpaio is not likely to be seeking national office when his term expires.
The pro-open borders Arizona Republic, emboldened by the recent removal of Senate President Russell Pearce from his post by radical activists, is on a rampage today with Page One headlines, columnists, cartoon and a lengthy slanted editorial– all blasting Arpaio.
Under Arpaio’s leadership, the MCSO is committed to enforcing the law, while working with federal, state, and other local law enforcement agencies to prevent acts of terrorism within the county and state of Arizona....
The timing of the allegations is suspect, with the release of the Department of Justice report coming on the heels of congressional calls for the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for his role in the deadly gun-running scheme known as Fast and Furious. These Arizona charges are obviously intended as a deflecting device, since the report was released on the first anniversary of the murder of Arizona Border Patrol agent Brian Terry — a murder for which Holder, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee,
Obama has sealed the case of the murdered agent Brian Terry:
11/15/11, "Case of slain border agent's killers sealed in court," Arizona Daily Star, Tim Steller
"The case against the alleged killers of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has disappeared from federal court records, apparently sealed by a federal judge."...
Joe Arpaio endorsed Janet Napolitano's 2002 run for Arizona governor toward the end of her campaign. She ended up barely winning and it's likely Arpaio's support made the difference:
Undated, "Arpaio Denigrates District 22 PCs, Pressures Media to Kill Unflattering Story," Arizona Conservative, by Dennis Durband, Editor
""Arpaio’s commercials most likely made the difference," Norton said. "The last frame of the commercial is a picture of Joe with a bold title: 'Urgent Message.' To the side, it states, 'Join Sheriff Joe Arpaio in rejecting the attacks against Janet Napolitano.' Under that, it says, “Paid for by Janet Napolitano For Governor Committee.' In response to criticism about the ad, Joe said, 'I didn’t endorse her, but I don’t like this vicious television ad that (Independent Party candidate) Mahoney put out.'"...(parag. 7)
Maricopa County once immensely popular now sees more people move out than in:
10/27/11, "Economy Alters How Americans Are Moving," NY Times, Medina and Tavernise
In the 3 years from 2008-2010, "Maricopa County in Arizona...that had exploded with growth at the start of the decade, began to see
- more people move out than move in."
Arizona deputy shot by illegal alien taken to hospital, 4/30/10, ap. 4/30/10, "Arizona Sheriff (Babeu) Says Cops Are Being Killed by Illegal Aliens; Joins Call for U.S. Troops at Border," CNS News
Immigrants who enter Mexico are often raped, robbed, or killed:
4/29/10, "Amnesty International cites abuse of migrants in Mexico," Arizona Star
"Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human-rights crisis Wednesday and accused some officials of turning a blind eye or even participating in the kidnapping, rape and murder of migrants."