Hen Party

The hellacious hooter watches Mayor Goober lay a colossal huevo, and wishes a heavenly millstone on the neck of a nativist numskull

Former U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton and former County Attorney Rick Romley? They've been saddled with the pro-open borders label by even relatively moderate anti-illegal immigrant activists.

"[The mayor's] decision to review the sanctuary policy is a good first step," wrote American Freedom Riders founder Danny Smith to his fellow pro-immigration-control bikers. "But a quick look at the panel he named indicates that he has stacked the deck to maintain the most liberal enforcement he can get away with."

Later, Smith told The Bird that AFR's membership is prepared to support a recall of the mayor if one arises, particularly if the mayor's panel suggests only minor changes.

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Smith reckons the majority of the electorate's on his side. And they may be, for the moment. A November 28 Rocky Mountain Poll found that 58 percent of Arizonans support local cop enforcement of immigration laws. But when pullin' over Pedro for Driving While Brown interferes with regular police work, that number drops to 47 percent. And when the public's asked to pay for these added immigration duties, support for a new policy drops even further, to 39 percent.

Maybe AFR members would be willing to auction off their Harleys and pick up the tab for the program they're agitatin' for. Ultimately, Smith and his people want vigorous local enforcement of federal immigration laws, not just some middling, namby-pamby compromise on current cop protocols.

"It's almost a McCarthyism atmosphere," Romley told me of the Tennessee turkey shoot he and his fellow panel members are traipsing into. "I've been disappointed in some of our leaders in our community . . . I think they're poisoning the well."

Rick Romley knows the mayor's panel is being denounced by both sides, and that the anti-immigration forces won't be easily placated. He says he's still studying the legal issues involved, but that "If I'm asked to recommend something that's unconstitutional or violating civil rights, I won't do it. I'll walk away."

Admirable stance. But as far as Mayor Gordon goes, you don't go into a knife fight prepared to do your Neville Chamberlain impersonation. Certain elements in the immigration debate cannot be appeased. And by trying to, Gordon's laid a big fat egg that closely resembles a hand grenade.

SAINT JOSEPH

As reported by this worm-wrangler's online bloggin' cousin Feathered Bastard, North High School senior Joe Arvizu was laid to rest in the soil of his native Mexico last week, in a small town near the Mexican city of Agua Prieta, across the border from Douglas, Arizona.

The precise cause of his death is unclear, though the teenager had recently been diagnosed with leukemia by St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. Teachers and staff who knew the kid say that in October, Arvizu sustained some sort of a head injury. Around October 20, he was taken to St. Joe's for emergency treatment.

St. Joe representatives couldn't discuss specifics because of medical privacy regulations. But according to various sources, Arvizu underwent brain surgery while at St. Joe's. A week later, after the diagnosis of leukemia, the not-for-profit hospital, founded 112 years ago by the Sisters of Mercy, transferred Arvizu to a hospital in Mexico. On Monday December 3, around 2 a.m., Arvizu died.

As family, friends and faculty mourn the popular young man, who had passed all of his AIMS tests and was set to graduate from high school in May, there are questions about why Arvizu was transferred to Mexico while he was sick. Though he'd been in America at least during his high school years, Arvizu was undocumented and uninsured.

Medicaid covers emergency care for those here illegally. Beyond that, there's only charity or "uncompensated care," as they refer to it in the medical profession. Sister Margaret McBride, vice president of Mission Services for the hospital, informed The Bird that Arvizu's case was considered by St. Joe's charity committee, but it was decided to send Arvizu to Mexico. According to McBride, illegal immigrants aren't eligible to receive transplants, including bone-marrow transplants, in the United States.

McBride stated that one to five undocumented patients from St. Joe's are transferred every week to Mexico. She said the hospital had no choice but to send Arvizu to a facility in Sonora.

"We don't deport anyone," she said. "We don't call INS. We don't want to be a part of that. Our goal is to take care of the patients that come to our door . . . We take care of them for the acute phase of the illness or the injury, and at some point it becomes a long term care issue."

Some wonder whether St. Joseph's did enough in the case of Arvizu. They ask if he'd still be alive if he'd never been sent south, a move they say neither he nor his mother was happy with.

"It's weird because St. Joseph's is always asking for donations," said one North High staff member, who asked not to be named. "They're always sending letters out. A lot of people donate to them. So I don't understand why they didn't keep him here."

This same school staffer visited Arvizu in a hospital in Hermosillo, Sonora, bringing with her $600 raised by Arvizu's fellow students through a car wash and direct contributions. It wasn't enough to cover the cost of even one of his chemo treatments in Mexico, at $1,000 a pop. Arvizu's fellow students are now raising money to help his family pay for the funeral.

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Jill Farrell
Jill Farrell

Since I started working here, I�ve seen this organization described in many different ways. This is the first time I�ve seen us referred to as ���onservative, fat-pocketed Washington, D.C. think-tank Judicial Watch�

It�s all about whose ox is getting gored. Next time we condemn a Delay or Cheney -- before it becomes fashionable -- please do remember to remove the "uber".

Judicial Watch, Inc. is a constitutionally conservative, nonpartisan educational foundation that promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.

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WIll Smith
WIll Smith

Taloned One? Puhleeeeeez, gimme a break! Seems your talon has captured one big egg, the one that sits on your shoulders. Bottom line: If illegals came here the right, LAWFUL way, they wouldn't have to hide, or be scared or cry like WE did something to them. They come illegally, they take jobs illegally, using illegal documents. So tell me, oh big bag of feathers (mostly air filled, as I can see, though)why do AMERICANS have to pay for their ...ahem...misfortunes? We already pay in so many other ways, already. Get a real job, Bozo....don't look for the one under AMERICAN, because you surely don't sound like you could be one. How this newspaper hired you, I can only guess. Perhaps you'll squawk differently, when an illegal DUI suspect takes away a family memeber...or some illegal heroin OD's someone you love....maybe some gangbangers have a little fun with ya?...would that open your eyes? How about a pile of disposible diapers on the side of your home?...how about a strange disease for ya at your next fast food purchase....Maybe...even MAYBE, come take YOUR job?...hmmmmmmmmmmm

Steele
Steele

Unless you have absolutely no interest in public safety, you will find the following information very difficult to believe.

If you are an illegal alien and speak no English and have absolutely no proof of legal residence, but do have criminal tendencies, then Phoenix, Arizona is a good place to be.

Phoenix Police Departmental Order 1.4.3 A Disgrace to Taxpayers and the Police Officers that Protect Us 5 of the past 7 Phoenix Police Officers KILLED at the hand of Illegal Aliens Mayor Gordon and Chief Harris want the public to believe that 1.4.3 only applies to misdemeanor offenses. Below find the actual list of crimes committed daily by Illegal Aliens that your Mayor and Chief of Police have determined not worthy to report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Reckless Endangerment Homicide DUI Hit & Run Aggravated Assault

Armed Robbery Rape Forgery Extortion Fraudulent Schemes

Lewd Behavior Kidnapping Burglary Robbery Identity Theft*

Breaking & Entering Manslaughter Child Molestation Hostage Taking* Public DrunkennessAssault & BatteryAssault with a Deadly Weapon

*Unless violating AZ Human Smuggling Law

As Citizens of Phoenix, we must Demand that Mayor Gordon and Police Chief Harris permanently eliminate the restrictions placed on Phoenix Police Officers, Demand that our Laws are enforced and that Illegal Criminal Aliens are immediately deported.

This is also true, of course, with all misdemeanor offenses. The Police Department allows a suspect to "self ID" (give any false name that comes to mind) and then writes a citation which contains a "promise to appear", and then turns 'em loose. You can probably guess what percentage ever show up in court.

For purposes of clarity, this policy is not the choice of the Phoenix cops out on the street, the officers who risk their lives every day trying to actually enforce the law. This inane policy is mandated by Operations Order 1.4.3 as created by Chief Harris and supported by Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.

The police officers union adamantly opposes this policy, but they are ignored and suppressed.

 
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