But beyond propping up local tyrants and prejudiced politicians, the 287(g) program is an abject failure in the eyes of Judith Greene, co-author of a report on 287(g) by the think tank Justice Strategies. Set to drop this week, the report, "Local Democracy on ICE," reveals how local governments are getting stiffed as tax dollars are diverted from traditional police functions to running after waiters and maids without proper ID. She told this tweeter that, ultimately, it's citizenry that foots the bill for 287(g) shenanigans, though ICE pays for training and throws localities a bone here and there.

"There is a growing consensus that the 287(g) program needs to be ended," she explained to The Bird from her home in Brooklyn, saying that from a strict cost-benefit analysis, the program's a bust.

This avian's in complete agreement. Sure, ICE can point to scads of domestic workers booted from the country. But has that made us any safer from real criminals? Of course not.

RAGE AGAINST ARPAIO

The Bird argues that those congregating in Phoenix this Saturday for the anti-Arpaio/anti-287(g) march beginning at 9 a.m. at Steele Indian School Park need to keep in mind that Arpaio's a symptom, but he ain't the whole disease.

Indeed, sources tell The Bird that ICE may attempt to fake out those on the left and in the pro-immigrant community by suspending Joe Arpaio's 287(g) agreement and, perhaps, even offer a few lip-service reforms, while keeping the 287(g) program in place. That's not good enough.

As the UNC-CH study suggests, the 287(g) program needs to be killed off deader than Heath Ledger. President Obama has ordered the closing of Gitmo within a year (see this week's cover story, starting on page 15). He should act even quicker to put an end to this country's shameful treatment of non-criminal aliens, and offer them a path to legalization.

Until this is done, activists need to raise a ruckus as if George W. Bush were still in office. Even more so. It's easy to protest demonized enemies like W. It's another thing altogether to take on politicians you helped elect.

This beak-bearer was encouraged to learn that Rage Against the Machine's radical frontman, Zack de la Rocha, has endorsed the anti-Joe action this Saturday and has promised to put foot to concrete himself. De la Rocha's statement reminds this raven of the days when actors and intellectuals marched in civil rights protests in the '60s.

"To witness what is happening in Arizona and remain neutral is to be implicated in human rights violations that are occurring right here on U.S. soil against migrants," de la Rocha said in a statement released by the L.A.-based National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

Just don't forget that even if Phoenix is the Selma, Alabama, of today's immigrant rights struggle, 287(g) isn't just bad for Cactus Country. It's bad all-around. Yeah, we need to topple Arpaio. But we also need to cut off the source of his federal power, so there are no more little Arpaios emboldened by 287(g) elsewhere.

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Cindy Perez
Cindy Perez

I am glad a march was finally organized against this idiot sheriff of ours. Does he not comprehend that immigration law is not his to enforce? He continually violates civil rights of those people who are not blonde hair and blue eyed, and, come to think of it, Arpaio sounds pretty darn foreign. As a defender of the law, someone needs to remind this punk that our Constitution applies to EVERYONE. There is no provision regarding a person's alienage. Arpaio, before you go off on another one of your alleged "I am enforcing the law" crap, try reading the U.S. Constitution. It's only a matter of time until the citizens of this great county of ours vote your ass out-of-office. YOu've costed the taxpayers waaay too much.

Kylie Mote
Kylie Mote

"A futile effort, though, trying to "prove" that unlawfully entering a sovereign nation and then demanding full rights will get you anywhere."

Historically, that seems to have worked pretty darn well for this country. You would think that as many times as the United States has entered other countries, or interfered in their affairs uninvited, to further our own economic and political agendas (despite how the citizens of those countries suffered from our efforts), that we might be a little more sensitive to the concept of individuals entering our country to further their personal interests. And ironically enough, many of the countires that were impacted by our arrogant and self-centered foreign policies are south of our border.

Regardless, the fact of the matter remains, that any time you have a third world country shoved up against a first world country (and some might argue "the" first world country), people are going to be drawn to where they can live a better life. It is a multidimensional issue that requires attention, but it is ineffective to deal with it in the manner that Joe and his supporters are advocating.

I went to the march yesterday because I am tired of seeing Arizona's dollars, image, and humanity compromised by the Sheriff and his terror methods. We need an immigration policy fueled by compassion and logic, not by abuse and bigotry. And we need a Sheriff who is able to fulfill his primary responsibilities, such as avoiding millions of dollars in lawsuits for jail abuses, before he decides to take on new duties (harassing people with brown skin for broken windshields) simply to gratify his ego and get his ugly face in front of a camera.

And I will tell you, people coming to this country to work hard and make better lives for themselves, are much more American to me than the guy who drove by in his truck yesterday screaming at us marchers, children included, to "go back to fucking Mexico." "American" is a lot more than just proper paperwork. It is the passion, spirit, and vision that had those thousands of people walking under the hot sun yesterday.

Equity Court Services of Arizo
Equity Court Services of Arizo

Ok Curwen, your opinions have been duly noted and we thank you for your honesty. You know, you had me rolling on the floor laughing because I've used that "Port-A-Toilet" line on a few of my shanty Irish relatives who I detest! We have something in common, Curwen.

Made a few phone calls, would have made more except that some I called will no longer talk to this Eerie Irishman. They don't believe that many times I truly am JUST THE MESSENGER BOY in here. I'm relaying others' views verbatim with "copy and paste." Sometimes I'm writing directly, like right now.

Some U.S.A. members said that they wear sidearms because the open borders folks have both threatened and perpetrated acts of violence and mayhem in furtherance of their cause. These U.S.A. members carry weapons for self-defense only. That's their stated opinion, three of them, and does not represent the views of U.S.A. as a whole.

Val Roller is a very congenial, intelligent lady who spoke on television yesterday in support of Sheriff Joe. Hey, pro-Joe or pro-illegal, that woman has one massive set of hooters I'd love to get smothered by or in. Just kidding, Val, and consider it a compliment.

OK, I'm bracin' for the lawsuits or just a swift kick in the crotch from Ms. Roller. Hey, I'm used to it by now!

John "Johnny On The Spot" O'Sullivan, Associate Blogger, for "The Global Equity"

Joe Curwen
Joe Curwen

Johnny on the Spot,

Isn't that the trade name of a portable toilet?

You wrote:

"Those who support the just enforcement of immigration law, use of 287(g), and LEGAL entry have no need to chase you around. They don't have to prove themselves as you do. A futile effort, though, trying to "prove" that unlawfully entering a sovereign nation and then demanding full rights will get you anywhere.

The Joe Arpaio supporters were downtown, reserved and orderly. Val Roller expressed their sentiments well in a calm and professional manner in a televised interview.

The Bird has received an open invitation to meet his opponents in a debate. Let's see if he and his followers have the guts. They certainly DO NOT have the facts and the law behind them.

Tall ho..."

To which I retort:

If Joe's alleged supporters have no need to prove them selves, then why do we so often see them packing in public? Looks to me like a combination of paranoia and compensation for inadequate manhood.

While I can't speak for the Bird, I doubt that any of these drugstore cowboys could debate their way out of a paper bag. Maybe they could shoot their way out, though? That they might manage.

Don't recall having heard of Val Roller before this.

Tally ho, my ass. Around here the pretentious equestrians emulate the mythical American cowboy, rather than the stuffy British nobility. Yee haw, good buddy.

Equity Court Services of Arizo
Equity Court Services of Arizo

Joe Curwen,

Those who support the just enforcement of immigration law, use of 287(g), and LEGAL entry have no need to chase you around. They don't have to prove themselves as you do. A futile effort, though, trying to "prove" that unlawfully entering a sovereign nation and then demanding full rights will get you anywhere.

The Joe Arpaio supporters were downtown, reserved and orderly. Val Roller expressed their sentiments well in a calm and professional manner in a televised interview.

The Bird has received an open invitation to meet his opponents in a debate. Let's see if he and his followers have the guts. They certainly DO NOT have the facts and the law behind them.

Tally Ho! Your move.

John "Johnny On The Spot" O'Sullivan, Associate Blogger, for "The Global Equity"

Joe Curwen
Joe Curwen

I was at the rally today. Not a sing of pussy ass Joe or his minions. Phoenix PD was heavily present and well-behaved. Saw only one truckload of peckerwood yahoos, but I didn't stay til the end. The crowd look to me finally to be between 1,000 and 2,000. There was a rumor that the gun-toting morons were somewhere south of us. Had to hit the road due to sunburn and fatigue more than fear of a cross fire.

Equity Court Services of Arizo
Equity Court Services of Arizo

Hey moron, you're good at making the OPPONENTS' case. For example, "...they probably all had ICE holds on them, as Arpaio had identified them as illegal immigrants."

That's reason enough to segregate them - they have FEDERAL holds. Why do think we have state and federal courts and distinct state and federal correctional facilities? OR legal segregation when federal prisoners are held in local facilities for a variety of reasons.

You're dumber than we thought.

John "Johnny On The Spot" O'Sullivan, for "The Global Equity"

mabeline
mabeline

a march anti arpissso wha hoooo sounds like a good timel that ole duffer should have turned in the badge LONG time ago, my friend from Ohio said in the newspaper their , there was an anti arpisso article, he responds by telling them he gets so much money for the year and what he says he give s back LOL LOL LOL LOL he's the biggest crook and everyone knows it. that is the funniest thing I ever heard except for CHL 3 giving him time last nite to say his stupid stuff. Shame on chl 3 !!!

I Want Meetze!
I Want Meetze!

You have a point, OSullivan, but we should chill out a bit. hey, check out the pix of the ACLU AZ boss Meetze at their website, tink its www.acluaz.org and gilman's video. I agree that's this babe is HOT in her own "smarty panties" way.

Maybe I can get my civil rights violated and go to the ACLU crying. Kinda get my foot in the door as I try to get in Meetze's pants/panties! ROTFLMAO

Equity Court Services of Arizo
Equity Court Services of Arizo

Great job, Chris! We are also using these blog comments that promote riots as evidence for stricter enforcement. Hopefully the Feds and MCSO will saturate the area with undercover. We really need proof of a specific intent to overthrow the government, then it's WAR ON THE RECONQUISTAS!

They're beat now anyway, prisoners of the United States in a sense.

Get as much evidence as you can at that rally - photos, videos, audio, notes, eyewitnesses.

John "Johnny On The Spot" O'Sullivan, Associate Blogger for "The Global Equity," Internet Division

Chris
Chris

"WE NEED RIOTS, IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS."

I dare you to try that. There will be a task force of civilians that will shut your ass down real quick. Try it and I will personal shut you down you liberal pussy.

Coz
Coz

lets take a Blow Tourch to Bozo Joke Arpaio...Shit does burn, right ?

correctinator
correctinator

Rick H,

Arapaio's workplace raids are a product of the state Legal Arizona Workers Act, not the federal 287(g) program. Stopping Arpaio will take much more than taking away his federal authority - the state legislature is even looking to expand the human smuggling laws.

Vinny Picard may be an idiot, but you may want break out you Windex too.

Jet
Jet

Ed Pastor and Raul Grijalva are two of the most liberal and socialistic members of Congress.

Ed Pastor is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations which, along with the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group, are at the very forefront of the creation of the New World Order, which is a single world bank and currency, and a single world government run by an oligarchy of Elite banksters.

Almost EVERY member of Obama's Administration is a member of one or more of these groups.

WAKE UP AMERICA!

From a humanistic standpoint, I am all for welcoming in with open arms people of all races, creeds, and societies.

However, keeping open borders is a plan to integrate our nation into a North American Union (NAU), which is the next step in their plans. Look up SPP, NAFTA, and GATT. Behind the scenes, we are already in this union.

This financial crisis has been manufactured (like the Great Depression. It is nothing more than huge "fire sale" land grab by the World Banking Elite, also destroying the dollar as a currency, leaving us in ruins.

It is not a CONSPIRACY, it is an AGENDA!

Rory Kremer
Rory Kremer

When and where is the Anti-Arpaio march going to gather....I definately want some of this!

Meetze IS Hot!
Meetze IS Hot!

I agree with Global Equity, even though they are sometimes a bunch of obnoxious troublemakers. I've heard they have undercover feds on staff or at least on call. Other times they make sense. So they must have many bloggers who get paid.

To the point. Looked up the ACLU Arizona and Global is right. That Meetze lady is the head honcho and i think she is a real fox. You know, the librarian that turns into a tigress in the sack? She should get boned more often and maybe not take the immigration stuff so seriously.

And Osullivan (or whoever) was right - she was in one of Dennis's videos about the Tent City illegal alien march. Looked pretty fine in that video also. Shes in the wrong line of work. Sex sells and makes big $$$$$ and she's still young enough to cash in. Just a suggestion.

Equity Court Services of Arizo
Equity Court Services of Arizo

TommyC1, that humorous piece was not "The Big O," aka our Associate Blogger O'Sullivan up in Chi-Town. He was simply posting as directed. I am blogging now for "The Global Equity" and will relay your concerns and opinions.

"Big O" stated that he was relaying someone else's piece, which I actually though was funny. For obvious reasons, the writer prefers to remain anonymous at this point. S/he stated, "I'm testing the waters, pushing the envelope, my specialty." Sounds a bit like Stephen Lemons, but it is not.

G. Cocozza, for "The Global Equity"

TommyC1
TommyC1

Gosh, ole 'Johnny on the spot' certainly is hateful and assertive. (S)he is active on just about every blog here, spewing venom and threats, just like arpaio. Makes me wonder if maybe (s)he needs to get a job, or at least do the one (s)he is being paid for. Then again, maybe blogging IS what (s)he is being paid to do, huh?

With each passing day it becomes more clear that arpaio is not using the funding and staffing provided as part of the 287(g) agreement as it is intended. Fortunately, the people and/or groups conducting studies and investigations are not of the ilk of Johnny, rather they are intelligent and well versed in law and it's application.

As opposed to spewing hate and threats, perhaps Johnny could put some thought into meaningful prose, eh? At that point (s)he may have some credibility. Until then, it's nothing more than hate and threats.

Karma
Karma

While I agree with you that the program set up by ICE is not workable....I must query what your solution is? Many, many U.S. citizens are angry that they follow the rules while others are allowed to circumvent it. If I were to start counterfeiting money, I would be arrested. Why? Its a non-violent crime. It does cost taxpayers money, though. You rail at Joe and ICE. Yet, you offer no ideas to stem the tide of illegal immigration. By the way, I think Joe should have been out of office a long time ago and I favor his prosecution on many fronts.

Karma
Karma

While I agree with you that the program set up by ICE is not workable....I must query what your solution is? Many, many U.S. citizens are angry that they follow the rules while others are allowed to circumvent it. If I were to start counterfeiting money, I would be arrested. Why? Its a non-violent crime. It does cost taxpayers money, though. You rail at Joe and ICE. Yet, you offer no ideas to stem the tide of illegal immigration. By the way, I think Joe should have been out of office a long time ago and I favor his prosecution on many fronts.

Riot Participator
Riot Participator

No doubt they are not that far off.Targets will be wearing hoods and brown MCSO uniforms.

>>WE NEED RIOTS, IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS.

marc
marc

Too bad the ARIZONA Atty General cant take care of his own trash!! The powers that be bought off ? plain ass chicken SH*t? Wht do these people get paid for anyways???

CooperG
CooperG

Didn't some of these ICE guys used to work for Arpaio? Shouldn't that tell us something?

Equity Court Services of Arizo
Equity Court Services of Arizo

We relay this from an Associate, who we quote below. This is John "Johnny On The Spot" O'Sullivan, Associate Blogger for "The Global Equity." The Associate's views are her/his opinions based on known facts and poetic license.

"Who does this Misinformed Magpie think he is now? The U.S. Congress, Chief Judge of the Supreme Court, and the Director of I.C.E all rolled into one? The Obnoxious, Ornery, and Well-Oiled Owl hoots this insanity:

"Indeed, sources tell The Bird that ICE may attempt to fake out those on the left and in the pro-immigrant community by suspending Joe Arpaio's 287(g) agreement and, perhaps, even offer a few lip-service reforms, while keeping the 287(g) program in place. That's not good enough."

Beakster of BS, 287(g) is the LAW, it doesn't just get arbitrarily changed. That would happen in your fantasyland called "Aztlan," as envisioned by morons like Adolpho "Barrio Bum" Maldonado, and wannabe El Che, Salvador "Bonehead" Reza. Has the great avian protector of civil liberties forgotten about due process, res judicata, and all that? Probably don't even know what they are.

Regarding the wannabe "Packy Rat" Pochoda, his bogus racial-profiling days are over, as are any other delusional claims he has dreamed up with "La Puta Estupida" Allessandra Soler Meetze, who will finally quit the ACLU AZ to star in amateur porn videos produced and directed by Dennis Gilman. Actually she could probably go pro some have said. Pretty hot Latina.

Co-starring "La Puta de ACORN" MONICA SANDSCHAFER, who now likes big African gals after her stay in Estrella with those lesbos. Gilman's an excellent GAY PORNO PRODUCER - we're looking forward to a real "flaming flick" with Sandschafer.

Give up, you nimrods of noise, hot air, mayhem, and some of the worst legal work and "theories" that we ever saw. Is it true that "Packy Rat" fled New york because they had a hit out on him?"

That was a cut and paste by this Eerie Irishman, John "Johnny On The Spot" O'Sullivan, Associate Blogger, for "The Global Equity"

Rick H.
Rick H.

how can Vinnie Picard say "Arizona's 287(g) program is working as intended," when there hasn't been any employer arrests from these immigration raids as of today? Arpaio is using the 287(g) program as an excuse to go raid business but nothing happens to these employers? You want to know why?...because none of these business owners are Hispanic!

Vinnie Picard you're an idiot!

jaime
jaime

WE NEED RIOTS, IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS.ASKING FOR JUSTICE AND RESPECT IS NOT WORKING. GET A POSSE AND FIND THE RACIST SON OF THE WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM ANIMAL.

 
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