Posts Tagged ‘SB-1070’

The Justice Department is investigating Maricopa County, Ariz.’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio over alleged civil-rights violations. The Washington Post reports that his office has failed to comply with requests from federal investigators examining the treatment of Hispanics in Maricopa County jails and the tactics used to detain them.

Robert Driscoll, an attorney for Arpaio, was out of the office this week and unavailable for comment, according to his assistant. A spokesperson in Arpaio’s press office says Driscoll informed them he will hold a face-to-face meeting with DOJ lawyers in Washington next week.

In Arizona, the sheriff has a reputation for standing up to Washington and for being tough on crime, including humiliating his inmates (many of them Hispanic, according to news reports), by making them dress in old-fashioned black-and-white-striped prison uniforms, work in chain gangs, or, for men, wear pink underwear.

In Arpaio’s view, however, there’s a point to these tactics: illegal immigration is the top problem he is facing, and he will be tough on criminals. In a 2009 interview with NEWSWEEK, he told this reporter that the business of illegal immigration was fueling crime and violence in Phoenix. (Crime rates in Phoenix are down, but local television coverage of immigration-related crime is almost a daily phenomenon.) “The people who pay [to cross into the U.S. from Mexico] will eventually get transferred to points north,” he said. “But the violence and murders and kidnappings are all happening here.” He might have gone too far. Since that interview, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has revoked Arpaio’s ability to enforce federal immigration laws (under what’s known as the 287 [g] program), prompting his outrage.

Arpaio has also upset local leaders who say they have been harassed by him, and is facing a separate investigation into potential abuse of power. The Arizona Republic‘s Yvonne Wingett recently reported about a scuffle between Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and the sheriff. In an interview with NEWSWEEK, Gordon blamed Arpaio and State Sen. Russell Pearce (author of the state’s controversial immigration bill) for creating an anti-immigration fervor in the state: “Pearce and Arpaio’s ability to whip things into a frenzy has created so much pressure for [Gov. Jan Brewer].” The law is hurting Arizona businesses, yet few are speaking out. Gordon says that’s because of the sheriff, who “will come after them on trumped-up charges. The car-wash guys, the McDonald’s owners, there is a real fear that they will be investigated, there is a real fear of the sheriff.” He says, “Anyone who stands up to Arpaio—their reputation is ruined.”

Gordon says supervisors, chiefs of police, reporters, and others have all been subjected to unwarranted scrutiny and harassment by the sheriff. “People have been followed by the sheriff’s people, judges—everyone.” Has he been followed? The mayor says, “Yes. But I’m one individual who has stood up to him.” The mayor’s attorney, Paul Charlton  (who was also one of the nine U.S. attorneys fired during the Bush administration), says, “There isn’t any doubt Arpaio uses his office to intimidate political enemies. That can mean judges who rule against him, people on the board of supervisors who vote against his interests, and business leaders who have opposed his policies.”

Asked to comment, Arpaio’s spokesperson said, “The sheriff won’t dignify Mayor Gordon’s remarks with a response.”

IllegalInAmerica:

Wow Joe, you really did it this time… why do you have to be such a freaking tough guy?  Why do you have to intimidate all of the people trying to have a better life, when you can just as easily lock them up and at least leave them in peace?  It’s practically not even a choice when life is so bad in your native country… try Pakistan right now that is 1/3 completely flooded.

Instead of messing with these people, we can already be working with them to learn English if possible, and at least at that point, they can explain themselves and why they have come to America, not that they shouldn’t have every right to.  Why do you make them wear ‘pink underwear’ in jail, and humiliate them for something that is already misconceived by popular culture in America and globally beyond.

Also, you’ll get what’s coming to you for this.  For bullying all those public officials, they’ll make sure to each take a piece of your ass down, so I hope you’re ready… Pink Underwear Bandits – this one will be for you!

Best,

IIA

by Yvonne Wingett and JJ Hensley – Aug. 18, 2010 09:46 AM
The Arizona Republic

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors withheld an item from its Wednesday agenda to accept $1.6 million in immigration funding from the state that would help pay for Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration enforcement efforts.

The board will consider the matter at a future meeting.

The Supervisors decided not to hear the item Wednesday amid concerns over financial accountability within the Sheriff’s Office.

It is unclear how the Supervisors would have voted on the item, but it is not the first time the Legislative-approved immigration funds have become a sticking point between board members and Arpaio.

Last year, supervisors initially blocked the funding from going to Arpaio’s office. That decision came one month after the Justice Department announced that the Sheriff’s Office was the subject of a civil-rights investigation into allegations that deputies discriminate.

One month later the Supervisors changed their minds and approved the funding with a 3-1 vote.

In 2008, former Gov. Janet Napolitano stripped Arpaio of the $1.6 million and redirected it to a fugitive task force. Republican legislative leadership gave the money back to Arpaio in a budget package in early 2009.

via Supervisors stall on illegal-immigration funds for Arpaio.

IllegalInAmerica Says:

Wow, Sheriff Arpaio is getting investigated for civil rights issues?  And he is still the lead sheriff against illegal immigrants in Arizona?

Somebody get him out of there!  I’ve recently posted an article about how Sheriff Joe is being sued by a number of different people claiming that he “ruined” their political careers by convening and organizing attacks against them while they were at a vulnerable time in their careers.  He spreads lies and hate so that he can gain politically the upper-hand.

What I think is rediculous are his tent cities.  He makes captured people stay in these nasty, surrounded in desert, not up to standards shitholes.  Also, he makes the inmates wear pink underwear… this guy is just freaking nuts.

Check below for a ton more information about this asshole.

Best,

IIA


36 arrested in Arizona immigration sweep – KSWT: Local News, Weather, Sports Yuma, AZ El Centro Imperial Valley, CA |.

Associated Press – July 31, 2010 2:54 PM ET

“PHOENIX (AP) – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 36 people in a crime and immigration sweep, and six are suspected to be illegal immigrants.

Everyone arrested was stopped for traffic violations. The six suspected illegal immigrants were arrested on charges of failure to provide identification and eventually will be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be deported.

The arrests came after about 180 deputies and trained sheriff’s volunteers fanned out across metropolitan Phoenix on Thursday and Friday targeting traffic violators who may also be illegal immigrants.”

This is so fucking bullshit.  A fucking police force fanning across a metropolitan street, seemingly breaking some of the restrictions put on the SB 1070 by a federal judge.  People without identification getting sent to ICE to be deported?  Something better be done, fast.  I’m sure this will make national news.  Wow.  Please share your comments if you can, and feel free to subscribe to my RSS feed or by e-mail.

On Further Research:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7920386/Arizona-defiant-over-immigration-law.html

Mr Pearce last week pledged to take his battle against undocumented foreigners from the predominantly Hispanic barrios of western Phoenix to the marble steps of the United States Supreme Court, after a federal judge blocked the law’s strictest provisions.

“We are circling the wagons against the illegal immigrants who are responsible for a crime wave in our state and stealing our jobs,” he declared defiantly in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph. Adding a lawman’s metaphor to his cowboy comparisons, he added: “The handcuffs are coming out.”

And Mr Pearce escalated the explosive debate by calling for children born in the US to be denied citizenship if their parents are there illegally. That attack on “birthright” citizenship would require a change to the constitution, but has growing support among conservatives.

The judge’s partial injunction suspended a requirement on police to check individuals’ immigration status during routine stops if they were suspected of being in the US illegally – and Jan Brewer, Arizona’s Republican governor, filed an immediate appeal against it.

So it really looks like the Arizona police forces are doing what they were prohibited from doing.  What a shame… I expected better from a state government.

Arizona sheriff not relenting after court ruling – Yahoo! News.

By JACQUES BILLEAUD and AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press Writer Jacques Billeaud And Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Writer 20 mins ago

PHOENIX – Lost in the hoopla over Arizona’s immigration law is the fact that state and local authorities for years have been doing their own aggressive crackdowns in the busiest illegal gateway into the country.

Nowhere in the U.S. is local enforcement more present than in metropolitan Phoenix, where Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio routinely carries out sweeps, some in Hispanic neighborhoods, to arrest illegal immigrants. The tactics have made him the undisputed poster boy for local immigration enforcement and the anger that so many authorities feel about the issue.

“It’s my job,” said Arpaio, standing beside a sheriff’s truck that has a number for an immigration hot line written on its side. “I have two state (immigration) laws that I am enforcing. It’s not federal, it’s state.”

A ruling Wednesday by a federal judge put on hold parts of the new law that would have required officers to dig deeper into the fight against illegal immigration. Arizona says it was forced to act because the federal government isn’t doing its job to fight immigration.

The issue led to demonstrations across the country Thursday, including one directed at Arpaio in Phoenix in which protesters beat on the metal door of a jail and chanted, “Sheriff Joe, we are here. We will not live in fear.” And in another sign of the divisive atmosphere surrounding the issue, authorities said the judge had received menacing threats and police were investigating whether a bullet hole found in the office of an Arizona congressman was related to the immigration debate.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jan Brewer’s lawyers went to court to overturn the judge’s ruling so they can fight back against what the Republican calls an “invasion” of illegal immigrants.

Ever since the main flow of illegal immigrants into the country shifted to Arizona a decade ago, state politicians and local police have been feeling pressure to confront the state’s border woes.

In addition to Arpaio’s crackdowns, other efforts include a steady stream of busts by the state and local police of stash houses where smugglers hide illegal immigrants. The state attorney general has taken a money-wiring company to civil court on allegations that smugglers used their service to move money to Mexico. And a county south of Phoenix has its sheriff’s deputies patrol dangerous smuggling corridors.

Wow, Sheriff Arpaio walks around neighborhoods in an immigration van with a hotline number on it.. and we are all paying for this money to be wasted.  Could you imagine living in Arizona, constantly in fear of someone asking for your papers?  I really hope that the Federal Government does something for these people, and puts the Arizona SB 1070 in its place… the garbage.

…Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said the state would file an expedited appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, signaling a legal escalation that some expect will end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The parts of the law that take effect Thursday include a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities,” — cities with laws or policies that render them relatively safe for undocumented immigrants — and the criminalization of hiring day laborers who are in the country illegally. The parts of the law dealing with sanctions for employers who hire illegal immigrants also withstood the first legal test.

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said the ruling reflects the government’s argument that immigration enforcement should be dealt with at the federal level.

“Arizona may have good intentions, they may be trying to make up for where the U.S. government has failed, but what the judge is saying is, this is not the way to do it,” he said

This fight is far from over. In fact, it is just the beginning, and at the end of what is certain to be a long legal struggle, Arizona will prevail in its right to protect our citizens,” she said in a statement. “I am deeply grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from across our nation in our efforts to defend against the failures of the federal government.”

via Parts of controversial Arizona immigration law take effect – CNN.com.

This is Rage Against throwing a concert to support the overthrowing of SB 1070, which will go into affect tomorrow in Arizona.  The Federal Government has decided to sue the state of Arizona, and on good ground.  We are demolishing our relationships to other countries, to the people who have nothing and expect nothing, and who mostly wish to remain under the radar but are agressively pulled out into mainstream media because there is no alternative than Americans somehow making each others lives as hard as possible.

Rock on Rage Against!  I think it’s awesome that you are doing this, and I think that more celebrities, even those who live in mansions and care nothing of the underworld showfolk, should come out in support of making immigration reform easier to achieve.  I’m making it my next project to make a list of the top celebrities who support immigration reform.

Brewer seeks dismissal of feds’ challenge to law – Yahoo! News.

PHOENIX – Attorneys for Gov. Jan Brewer have asked a judge to throw out the U.S. Justice Department’s challenge to Arizona’s new immigration law.

The governor’s lawyers said Monday the federal government hasn’t shown it has suffered actual harm from the law and instead bases its claim on speculation.

The federal government says the state law is trumped by federal law and that it has hurt U.S. relations with Mexico. It is scheduled to take effect Thursday.

Attorneys for Brewer say Mexico’s disapproval of the law doesn’t make it unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is considering requests by the Justice Department, a Phoenix police officer and civil rights groups to put the law on hold.

Oh yeah Brewer/Attorneys?  Enact that SB 1070 tomorrow and you will see just why you should be sued.  As all the people come into Arizona tonight to protest this against you.  You are meddling with peoples lives, and your own economy… you saw the effects of just bringing this up… just wait.

Top 5 Reasons Why The Federal Government Should Sue:

  • Relationship with foreign countries (as mentioned in article)
  • Individual Civil rights
  • The American Dream
  • Most of these people commit to providing something to our economy/community
  • We are all ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS if anyone here is.