Are Your Papers in Order?


Elaine Sanchez understands Guadalupe, Arizona, as well as she understands her six children. She was born and raised in the village of 5,500 souls hard by the freeway and the conventional suburbs of Tempe and Phoenix.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio put Guadalupe on the nation's map during his anti-immigrant sweep last April.

It is Lent — in fact, a mere five days past Ash Wednesday. Already the Catholic community is deep in preparation for Easter Sunday. But more than piety grips Guadalupe. Elaine bounces Marcus, her toddler, on her knee and despairs of small-town gossip: "Everyone knows everyone here."

Jamie Peachey
Andrew Sanchez believes Arpaio’s deputies have targeted him and his family because he dared to speak out.
Michael Lacey
Andrew Sanchez believes Arpaio’s deputies have targeted him and his family because he dared to speak out.

The 32-year-old lives in her childhood home. Tired nails, aged wood, and weary plasterboard make up the barest skin against the Sonoran Desert's heat and chill. Streetside, kids' clothing dries along the length of rickety chain-link. (Does anyone have more tops and bottoms than a 2-year-old?)

Nearby, two strapping sons sweep the dirt and rake. Their nascent facial hair cannot disguise a youngster's impulse to bound, or to punch a shoulder. Discovered leaping over a fence recently, they were questioned by law enforcement. Their explanation of their behavior was straightforward: hide-and-seek.

As the teenage boys tidy up, an unbalanced washing machine bangs against the outside of the home while, yards away in the back, an abandoned van squats.

The broken-down Dodge, fast becoming a rusting rumpus room, is the stuff of story in the Sanchez home, as well as in Guadalupe at large.

Tracked for nearly a mile by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies last May, when the Dodge still ran, Elaine became alarmed, and then terrified, as the lawmen followed closely without ever turning on their lights. Her anxiety surpassed anything associated with an ordinary ticket; her family had already exchanged tales about this sort of enforcement.

For more Joe Arpaio's abuses of power, see our special report section.

Elaine drove the van into her backyard. After banging on the back door and screaming for her own mother, she was wrestled to the ground by the sheriff's men. Sanchez's boys emerged from their home to find their mother flat in the dirt with a deputy's knee in her back as she was roughly handcuffed.

The light over her license plate was out.

This is not an unknown crime in Elaine's neighborhood.

Indeed, Elaine Sanchez was no stranger to the sheriff's deputies who'd wrangled with her on the ground; one of them later volunteered that he recognized her from an earlier visit.

Sanchez and her family believe they have been targeted by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's men as part of the fallout from the lawman's infamous anti-immigrant sweep in Guadalupe.

And here's the rub: In spite of their last name, none of the Sanchezes is Mexican. None of them is in the United States illegally.

All members of the Sanchez family are Yaqui Indians. They are all American citizens. They are as legal as the sheriff's family.

They are, however, brown.

On March 4, Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Mississippi) worried aloud that the 287(g) program — the enabling act that turns cops into immigration officers — was "using minor traffic violations instead of major crimes" to harass Hispanics.

Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has no idea.

The genteel concerns of an uninformed Mississippi legislator are so beside the point as to be quaint.

Motorists in Maricopa County are confronted today by deputies in ski masks, guns drawn.

Ski masks.

The slightest pretext elicits the question: Are your papers in order?

With this article, we begin an occasional series to introduce the people swept up in this madness. The individuals you will meet in this installment are all Americans. But eventually, you will also shake hands with illegal aliens.

Neighbors, one and all.

Earlier skirmishes at Pruitt's furniture store and the sheriff's illegal alien sweeps on Thomas Road, as well as in Cave Creek, were only warm-up exercises. The thrust to turn immigration enforcement into a reign of terror reached critical mass on April 3, 2008, in Guadalupe, Arizona. Mounted horsemen, deputies in unmarked cars, and bulked-up lawmen with shaved heads faced off against villagers and protesters.

Sheriff Arpaio set up his massive command post in the parking lot of the Family Dollar store. Demonstrators, mostly Hispanic, ringed the parking lot chanting, holding signs, urging cars to honk. The glare from ubiquitous television lights competed with the flashing decks of squad cars.

Everywhere you looked, people, pedestrians, and drivers alike had been stopped. Are you a United States citizen? Is your car in perfect compliance with the minutiae of the state Motor Vehicle Division?

These are questions that play hell with the poor.

The massive two-day show of force — Arpaio said he employed 200 deputies and posse members — netted nine illegals.

And when the mayor of Guadalupe told Sheriff Joe Arpaio that he wasn't welcome to terrorize her neighbors, the lawman exploded in front of the media.

On April 3, Andrew Sanchez, Elaine's brother, drove friends and family right into the heart of history. Caught up in the moment, he honked his horn.

His show of support for the protest broke the law.

Like John the Baptist, Sanchez prepared the way for the sheriff; the night before the lawmen swooped into Guadalupe, Andrew ringed the town with signs warning the residents that Arpaio was coming.

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Nikodisias Papalapsuslos
Nikodisias Papalapsuslos

YES , WE CAN...YES , WE CAN...WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive...thank you lord....aaamen).

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WAKE-UP !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT GETS ALL TO LATE ON PLANET APES !!! TEARS WON'T DO YOU ANY GOOD !!! AS BUSH STATED "THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR"(to die ) !!

EVEN IF IRAQ WOULD HAVE BEEN WAR FOR OIL ONLY, VETERANS WOULDN'T NEVER EVER HAVE TO BE HOMELESS PEOPLE THE WAY THEY ARE AND NOR WOULD OUR PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE ALLOVER THE PLACE THE WAY THEY DO TO VERY TODAY(never ending “war on terror” story). BECAUSE EVEN IF WAR WAS FOR THE SAKE OF MONEY, MONEY SHOULD BE USED FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS AND NOT WHAT THE CASE IS OR AGAINST WHITES(to destroy us allover the world) !!! You don't really proof for 911, just put your sht together in your heads...THIS IS PLENTY ENOUGH TO HAVE O(B)SAMA INDICTED FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST WHITE AMERICAN HUMANITY TOGETHER WITH HIS ZIONIST MASTERS) !!!

Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved USA what is lots of Dollars in your DEBT DEALS as those best of America or Navy Seals would also grew older and then you already know how it goes...DEAD & ILL = DEBT DEAL !!!

HOW MUCH FURTHER ARE WE WILLING TO GO IN ORDER TO PLEASE VERY SAME PEOPLE WHO DENY US EVEN THE RIGHT TO EXISTENCE(what is to you country without laws or lawless country in respect to your personal rights, but the one that in contrast to your denied basic human rights recognizes you extremely liable when payments are due) !!?

IS IT INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CELEBRATE OR DEPENDENCE (what are your credit card bills or alimony saying about it) !!? HOW IS YOUR DIABETES AND LOST MARRIAGES !!? FORECLOSURES AND JOB SEARCH !!? THAT IS THE QUESTION TO BE OR NOT TO BE !!! IS IT LAND OF THE FREE OR STATE OF TERROR AGAINST OWN POPULATION !!? IT IS TIME TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT COLOR ARE THE STRIPES ON OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who wants to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!! IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHOM WE ADDRESS WITH "PRESIDENT" (STOP HUMILIATING YOURSELF) !!!

VOTING POLL:

DO WE NEED MORE PROOFS TO INDICT OBAMA AND BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY !!?

1)NO, THEY ARE CLEARLY GUILTY AS OIL WAR NEVER EVER WAS REAL ISSUE IN GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES. REAL ISSUE ARE FACTS OR WHAT WE WITNESS TODAY WHEN VETERANS ARE HOMELESS, JOBLESS, KILLED, ETC.

2)NO, AS 911 ALONE AS WELL AS ACTIONS IMPOSED AGAINST WHITES IN USA (as well worldwide) ARE CLEARLY INDICATING ACTS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY

3)YESS AS JUST YESTERDAY(for over 15 years to very yesterday), WE (news/media = vacuum world of lies) WERE TELLING YOU THAT UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT 10% WHILE TODAY ONE IS AT 50% (HOW COME NO ONE QUESTION JOURNALISM LIKE THIS OR WHAT IS WORLD OF LIES AND DEMENTIA)!

4)I AGREE WITH FIRST TWO ANSWERS ABOVE. IT IS TIME TO PRESS CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST BOTH ADMINISTRATIONS DUE TO ACTS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY FOR THE SAKE(SAFETY) OF US AND OUR CHILDREN(DO NOT TURN THEM IN WHITE REFUGEES ON PLANET APES OR WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE WHEN VISITING ABOVE PAGES) !!!

Matt
Matt

Illegal aliens break the law by stepping on U.S. soil. Once they are here, they receive medical services, steal because they should not be here in the first place, as well as education for their illegal children. We need to take car of our own. Our education and health system would operate so much more efficiently if we did not have mexicans draining off the system. For example: mexicans tend to have many more children then americans, while they hold jobs that a teenager working after school would have. How can taxes from some one earning 15000 a year support sending 6 children to shcool. Thus putting additional strain on the rest of the legal citizens of this country. If Mexico has failed their citizens, it is not our problem. Why can't mexico be like canada, our neighbor to the north. Canada obviously knows someting the mexicans don't.

Coz
Coz

Here is a new video. It contains new testimony few have ever seen documenting Arpaio's 287g abuses in the jails as well as racial profiling.

Please watch and share with your freinds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Great job Dennis Gilman !

Commodore
Commodore

Can anybody stop this crazy Nazi? I would be ashamed to live in Arizona. What a horrible horrible man he is.

john smith
john smith

Sheriff Joe is doing a great job. Keep up the good work joe!As for the rest of you, cry me a river...

Angela
Angela

I am SO glad you are getting this story out. This should NEVER happen to people. Even if the people WERE illegally here in the US, they should be treated with respect. But this overkill for a license plate light is the most ridiculous abuse of power I have ever heard of. This is terrible what's happening to people in this town.

Angela

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monica
monica

I totally SUPPORT Sherrif JOE IS AWSOME! And ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL if you want rights ABIDE by the laws like the rest of us. AND MOST OF DONT FLAWNT THAT FUCKEN GREEN< RED & WHITE FLAG HERE

monica
monica

I totally SUPPORT Sherrif JOE IS AWSOME! And ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL if you want rights ABIDE by the laws like the rest of us. AND MOST OF DONT FLAWNT THAT FUCKEN GREEN< RED & WHITE FLAG HERE

Editorial Assistant
Editorial Assistant

From Letters to the Editor:

Who does Michael Lacey think he is to write such crap?! These spics may be American citizens, technically, but they are still part of the problem in this country. You know they are harboring illegals, even if it can�t be proven. I applaud Joe Arpaio�s keeping his foot on their necks. He�s standing up for Americans!Rusty Barnes, Phoenix

Editorial Assistant
Editorial Assistant

From Letters to the Editor:

Michael Lacey�s story, The Bird�s column, and Paul Rubin�s article in New Times made me ashamed to be a Maricopa County resident. If I read these articles from afar -- and were thinking of moving here, or even visiting here -- I�d immediately change my mind. Oppressive government officials, like Arpaio and Thomas, are bad for us all -- whether the white trash who keep electing them knows it or not.Dick Taylor, Phoenix

Editorial Assistant
Editorial Assistant

From Letters to the Editor:

[Maria del Carmen] Garcia Martinez did wrong by being an illegal alien. She wouldn�t have gotten her arm broken if she had obeyed the law and stayed in Mexico. And did it ever occur to you that most of the illegal aliens in this country are Mexican. They are brown-skinned, not white-skinned, so consequently police look for Mexicans! Who else, Germans? Guadalupe was a shit-pot community 80 years ago, and it will be a shit-pot community 80 years from now - because of the half-assed people who live there. A classic example of a half-assed Mexican is Manual Valenzuela, driving his brother-in-law�s car without a driver�s license with the license-plate light out. This taco was just itching to get picked up.Arpaio didn�t threaten the mayor of Guadalupe. He told the mayor she had 90 days to cancel the contract and that she was free to do so. Guadalupe knew it couldn�t do without Arpaio, and it came crawling back. They put in a new mayor who wanted Arpaio. Ain�t democracy grand? Just like we voted for Arpaio time after time. Don�t you just love it? Lacey, did you ever wonder why, in the Western Hemisphere, the two countries with the highest living standards are Canada and the United States, while Latin America is a shit pot? That is because we are settled by white, northern Europeans who were hard-working, educated, and organized. The Spanish copulated with the Indians, and they produced shit. And now this shit is flooding into the U.S. and Canada because we are superior and they want some of what we�ve got. Read history!Fred Linsenmeyer, Phoenix

Editorial Assistant
Editorial Assistant

From Letters to Editor:

Three articles in your March 19 edition really drive home the point about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and (to a lesser, but still important, degree) his sidekick, County Attorney Andrew Thomas. First, if anyone in his or her right mind ever believed Joe Arpaio wasn�t racially profiling, your cover story proves once and for all that he most certainly is (�Are Your Papers in Order?� Michael Lacey). The harassment that this Yacqui Indian family (American citizens all) went through cannot be tolerated in a free society. Who does this petty tyrant think he is?! Then, The Bird article on the poor Mexican lady who got her arm broken because she wouldn�t put her (supposedly voluntary) fingerprints on deportation papers really got me fuming (�Bad Break,� Stephen Lemons, March 19). Yes, she shouldn�t have been in the country, the Nativists will fume, but Sheriff�s Office personnel have no right to treat her like an animal. Whether the cretins who vote Joe in over and over know it or not, even foreigners on our soil have Constitutional rights. Where does this petty tyrant get off?! Next comes the story about Arpaio�s detectives threatening a former State Bar official and Superior Court judge because went after County Attorney Thomas on what (to any rational and honest individual) were obvious ethics violations. This constituted an outright threat to this individual, who not only did his job but tried to do what was right. Who do these petty tyrants think they are?! I pray every night that Joe Arpaio and Andy Thomas will someday get theirs. They both need to wind up in prison, where I hope Mr. Arpaio will die alone of old age.Kate McDonald, Phoenix

Ron
Ron

William, thanks for clarifying the Sheriff's Nazi status. However, your comment leaves out important distinctions. If the Sheriff is a Nazi as you say and that the indians are citizens having been here long before the Nazi Sheriff, then you need to acknowledge that the indians were here before all of us. We, the people, created a government and pushed the indians onto the reservations they now enjoy. So let me tell you the solution, transfer all of your property and possessions to the indians. Pick whichever nation you like. But transfer everything back to them in protest of the U.S. governments role. Then get on the first jet back to whatever region of the world from which your kin originate. What I'm getting at is we need to examine what we are trying to accomplish. To simply lash out without a complete historical context is to apply solutions that will simply will not work. Regardless whether its the Sheriff's Dept. or the rest of us. As for the deputies wearing masks, I don't like it but I understand it. They are concerned that their families will be threatened by the mindless protestors who refuse to assist in pushing the criminal element from their community. New Times certainly has a different perspective, but it's every bit as slanted as the rest of the media. Can we just report the news in the news section and put all the human interest stuff in the editorial section?

robin
robin

apparently no one wants to discuss the 40,000 legal residents warrants who are running around while shur-iff joe is out harassing anyone who wasn't born into the curse of Naaman llok it up it will tell you something about yourselves

Concerned Christian
Concerned Christian

To Editorial Assistant - it's not about arpaio - it's all about his enablers, who use him as a puppet for their own agendas. Follow the money - made off the suffering of human misery. Lawyers get rich. Which religion controls the state and their pocketbook? The self-righteous have created the hatred and bigotry in the name of which God? Those with no conscience or soul rule.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Mike Lacey, thank you for your courage and for speaking out for those whose voices have been silenced in Arizona - a true "state of fear". Without the Phoenix New Times few would believe the reality of life in this backwater state.

Editorial Assistant
Editorial Assistant

Comment via email:

Thanks for the story in the New Times "Are Your Papers In Order?" I have been disgusted by Arpaio's behavior for years and I just don't know what to do to help protest his actions and support the people being mistreated.

Thanks, Jennie Whitmer

Editorial Assistant
Editorial Assistant

When I was in town for spring baseball, I read your article and drove down to Guadalupe to find the lemonade stand. I didn't, though I did observe some of the Yacqui festival. I am on the board of the Utah ACLU, and I am appalled that voters in Maricopa County continue to elect this jerk. Thanks for the article. We all must do what we can to promote justice. W. Andrew McCullough, via the Internet

Editorial Assistant
Editorial Assistant

By: AnonymousSent via email:

Dear Micheal, The article in the New Times is interesting but it is only one side. I sympathize with the people who have been wrongly targeted but something has to be done. I'm 30 years old and in school. I'm also looking for a part time job. I went to the car wash the other day to see if they were hiring and the manager told me no. As I walked out I noticed the guys drying the cars. I am almost positive they are illegal. Yes I called MCSO's hot line. I'm also sick of going to the bus stop and standing next to a bunch of illegals waiting for construction workers to pick them up, while standing in the trash they throw on the ground. I know it's there trash because I see the scum bags throw it there. Your welcome to check it out. It's on the corner of Priest and Baseline. Sherrif Joe needs to do his job right!!!!!

william last
william last

Andrew you are hero Juan you are a dog, a sell out , no we are not all mexicans, I believe most writing to say you are nuts are white . Wait til it happens to you, what are you going to do cry "oh I wrote letters for joey?" ahhhahha hell forget you and your favors, but we wont. watch your brown ass, on broad way or where you hang out, and wipe that brown off your nose before you get a broken arm or worse. why dont you 'go home" you think your better than the rest.???

Coz
Coz

Juan,You are a major nut case is what you are.

>>Just another "racist" asshole. You should get to know me.

Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos

Ya WE are sick of Joe "harassing" all of us "impaired" drivers too. I mean all we ever wanted to do is make it home! To go to sleep. We are tired of being at the bar, its no good for us anymore and we will just end up getting in a fight or spending all of our money. But oh no some fat WHITE redneck that has a badge had other plans for us. All I was doin was driving a car and he singled me out of ALL the other cars on that St. I mean Lisa was supposed to drive me home but then she went home with this strapping young lad that was O so sweet talking and said he wanted to sweep her porch. I am so sick of these jackoffs that have nothing better to do.

I am so damn sick of this argument and bullshit! This shit would never fly in ANY other country and I am sick of it. Our hole country is just one big pussy just waitin to get fucked. All just because we are ALL scared of being called racist. Well not this guy.Guadalupe is the biggest shit hole in Arizona and should be wiped off the map! Just think about it, a town with mostly drunk drivers is what? Bound to have a hell of a lot of people pulled over for no apparent reason. But that's the way it goes, lifes a bitch and especially in America so why the hell do you want to be here? Go back to your shit hole country that YOU ran out on like a lil bitch cause "Its fucked up over there" and instead of tryin to fix or take back your government. You chicken shitly rape into another "Premade" and perfectly setup country and try and bring it down to your level. Eat shit! But But this is our land. We was here first. You white people took it from us:( WTF? Shut the fuck up

Ya hear that all you spictacular people and lovers? Bought and paid for!!!!!!!!!!! Quick lesson- "If I sell you a J.I Joe for (one Pennie, good price huh?)and in ten/twenty years,I say "Its was and is mine and I want it back"! WTF are you gonna say? "Get to steppin loco". But I sit there and sneak into your room and play with that J.I. Joe and every once in while I take it and let my familia play with it(cause its human, we gotta have toys) and one of "my people" break its arm off and then its foot off. Your gonna be pissed off, right. But but it was my J.I. Joe first????

I can't even begin to believe you people get paid to write this fucking nonsense! Are you mexican? I mean if you are or aren't, have you ever been to Broadway&24 St.? If not then go rent a house over there and lets talk later. Have you ever seen the way that these people live? Look at fuckin mexico! Do you think just because they come here they are going to change the way they are and their lifestyle? Obviously fuckin not.

This "article" if you wanna call it. Somehow is/gonna be published in the newtimes (notice the lowercase letters)and is complete bullshit and trickery! Even the author knows it! Hence the softness and rounding of the detailed descriptions of how juan carlos takes out the trash every Thursday For miss martinez. Fuckin come on! You left the part out about how he jacks stereos, gang bangs and sells crack Mon-Wed and Fri-Sun. Jesus Christ

I know this will be deleted the second I hit send but oh well! At least the "author/dildo" will either read it or hear about it and discovery what a real piece of shit he is and how lucky he is to have a dipshit employer that PAYS him to write this SHIT. But wait, Oh Oh Oh keep in mind that their is ALWAYS a lil someone who will do his job better and for less money. Anyone have a guess who that is????

I make a challenge to ANYONE who gets the chance to read this. Watch the news for one week and everything said or shown that is of bad conduct or negativity and there is "people of latin descent" involved put a little check mark on a piece of paper and do so for those "from England" (hardy har har). At the end of the week tally them up and and you put that in a special place! Fuck you know what, I am a gambling man do it for a month and if the people of English descent have more check marks at at ANY FUCKING TIME IN ONE WEEK OF THAT MONTH. I will come to the newtimes and make every last retarded one of yous lunch for a year! Up for the challenge???????????

So you can put that in you "Paper" and smoke it bitch.

Love, Just another "racist" asshole. You should get to know me.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Come ON!!! I'm glad Sheriff Joe is on the ball. All of the bleeding heart liberals out there are not looking at the facts. There is more crime in this state than ever and if you look at the stats, it's mostly illegal immigrants committing the crimes. The first crime is breaking a Federal LAw by crossing the border ILLEGALLY!!!!!. That is also a huge slap in the face to those who came here through legal means. I used to be a Democrat until I started educating myself with the facts instead of spewing out emotional ridden crud about "those poor people". I've lived in other countries and believe me, they enforce their border laws. Just once in a while could this rag print stories that tell the honest to goodness facts of the illegal immigrants?

Editorial Assistant
Editorial Assistant

Anonymous comment sent via email.

"Thanks for profiling mcso arresting criminals in guadalupe.. People need to know that info.. thanks.. Mike"

Editorial Assistang
Editorial Assistang

By: AnonymousSent via email

"Your article was holding water until the part about being pull over for no light over her license plate which I myself just got stop for and receive a ticket from Scottsdale Police and I'm White. I can only imagine what they would of done to me if I would of not pull over but drove in my back yard and ran to my back door !!!!!I grew up in Yuma and my best friends were Mexican American and I love their culture but like they use to they need to help turn in the illegals as the true Mexicans I know can't stand illegals as they are bad for everyone and bring heat to their own people. Just like the skin head 's do to the white population and you can bet if they are raising heck any white with a shaved head and tattoo's are also getting pull over. Two side to every story !!!!!!"

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

(This comment was originally received as a letter to the editor)

Sheriff Joe has now made the New York Times. He has now become the national symbol of racial profiling. When will it end?

Anon

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

(This comment was originally received as a letter to the editor)

I can�t believe you would even waste paper on this story. People get pulled over everyday for shit like no license-plate light and broken tail lights. And the lady who got thrown down in [her] back yard after not pulling over and pulling [into her] yard, what does she expect?

You need to write another article titled: Cry Me a River. If they�re citizens, then they�ve got nothing to worry about. People these days just love to feel sorry for themselves. Please don�t write anymore bullshit like this.

Jhon Herrera

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

(This comment was originally received as a letter to the editor)

There�s nothing left to the imagination about this story. It�s crystal clear what Joe Arpaio is up to here. He�s hassling every brown-skinned person he can find, in the hopes he will find an illegal alien or two to [get kicked] out of the country.

That the Guadalupe raid last year only netted a handful of illegals says a mouthful. How in the hell is such a sweep justified � money-wise, much less human rights-wise � with such a meager result. I�ll tell you why: Joe only wants the publicity; he doesn�t really care about the problem.

I�m one of those people who wants the illegal alien problem solved, but not at the expense of human rights. What Joe�s doing is vile, and it�s having little if any effect.Becky Schaefer, Glendale

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

(This comment was originally received as a letter to the editor)

Harassing American citizens like this cannot be allowed in our country! Michael Lacey has really unmasked what Joe Arpaio is all about. And it�s either pure racism or a vendetta mentality. I think it�s more the latter: the Sanchezes opposed him, and then he made them pay!

He�s famous for exacting revenge on most anybody who crosses him, as many of your stories have proved.Hal Arrington, Phoenix

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

(This comment was originally received as a letter to the editor)

Every time New Times writes an article about the OBVIOUS abuses carried out by of our JOKE of a Sheriff, whatever is in my stomach curdles. When will the citizens of Maricopa County open their fucking eyes to the blatant abuse of power, misuse of power, and total waste of our tax dollars on illegal sweeps and lawsuits against him?

Unfortunately I work in the Wells Fargo building and have to occaisionally see him and ride in the elevator with him. Is it me or does he have the ovious "short man complex" ?? What a timid little bitch he must be to need his "henchman" with him at all times. I am not one to advocate violence against another human, but I can certainly see why someone that does would want to focus their anger on our Sheriff.

I would love to publish my name. But I am fearful of losing my job, not the wrath of a puny little man I wouldn't piss on if he was on fire !

Name withheld

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

(This comment was originally received as a letter to the editor)

Mr. Lacey:

I didn't enjoy your recent article in New Times. Although it was well written, I didn't enjoy it much because it made me very angry. Why? Because I was very upset about the way the citizens of Guadalupe were treated by the Nazi Sheriff Joe. These citizens are all Indians and were here well before the Nazi Sheriff was.

I used to live in Tempe very near to Guadalupe and often visited there because I enjoyed the people and various religious and other ceremonies. I am a WWII Veteran and I find it outrageous the way the Nazi Sheriff has treated the Indian people there. I'm glad you have brought this to the attention of the public and I am also glad that the Sheriff Department's actions are now being investigated by the Federal Government. Hopefully those who participated as well as those responsible for such actions will be treated by the Feds as well as they treated the Guadalupe citizens.

Thank you for reporting on this,William Trush

Lila
Lila

How can a Juan Mendoza stick up for a "a hole" like jokster??? are you a little token??? you are being used just as sure as these people are getting scare tactics in retaliation from the mean "no sole" are pied "face. see the recent picture of Charles Mansion their is a HUGE resembalance . Only jokster didnt want to lose jews votes so he left off the swatika

Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson

Screw you Juan you narrow minded piece of fiction, the only place to GET THE TRUTH is the Phoenix new times. excellent article.p s you will be just as hated as joker . Will you stand up for the idiot when he gets his we will remember your comments for ever. A real a hole that is into kicking em when they are done shows no character. Why dont you and joke go back to your country and spout your big mouth off their.!!!

Harold Sullivan
Harold Sullivan

between SLIME Minn St Paul idiot who does not even live here putting in his comments that are purely derived from watching the boob tube, probably winters in sun city with all the rest of the narrow 1/2 minds live. To Juan Mendoza sucking up to the Sheriff!!! What a crock, look out for yourself only juan screw the rest huh, you are different??? no your not . you are as bad as they are. Shame on you, and the officers that were involved in this, scare tactics. trying juan speaking up when its your mother juan. You seem to know inside stuff or are you a big bag of wind like you mentor joke. Using you like a 'token" and you dumb enough to go for it. Print those officers names that were involved in this case!!! Take off the masks and we'll trick or treat you!!!

Juan Mendoza
Juan Mendoza

What a wonderful fictional story. I love the whole police state theme. When do the black helicopters appear? Do the illegals rise up and take over Arizona in the end? C'mon, don't leave us hanging. Entertain us with more of your stories.

MCSO is not profiling, people don't get pulled over for "no reason" and Arpaio isn't going anywhere.

No one at the New Times ever wants to talk about the 53% of violent crimes committed by illegals in Maricopa county or the 11% of inmates being illegals nationwide. How about something a little closer to home, like the death of the last 6 police officers were at the hands of illegals.

So don't give me this "poor peoples looking for a better life" crap. Who's paying the price for this better life in dollars and lives? We, the Americans, are.

The people of Maricopa County have voted and they will not be denied of the Sheriff they voted for.

You can keep writing your fictional propaganda, but it's not going to amount to more than a hill of beans.

MYK
MYK

Minnesota Slime...did you not read the part that stated these are AMERICAN CITIZENS. Born and raised here like you and me. Well not like you. Most Americans understand Civil Rights. You are an embarassment to our country.

Joe Curwen
Joe Curwen

To answer the last question posed, I'd bet it's Miller Time for Arpaio. Last call won't be until if and when he gets indicted, tried and convicted. Won't hold my breath on that, but maybe miracles can happen? Sure would be sweet to him him as a resident of tent city wearing his own pink undies and eating green baloney.

Peggy
Peggy

glw, I have as little respect for the employees of MCSO anymore as I do for those who murdered Jews during WWII, then said later that they were "ordered" to do it. Some things are just wrong! I don't mean to minimize the slaughter of the Jews in this analogy but it is the only one that comes to mind. Those of you who focus on the one issue of immigration to judge this jerk's performance are the sorryest of the lot. You are racist and just don't know it. I'm for a closed border. But Joe's tactics are mean, racist and anti-Christian. They are totally selfserving and I can't believe the people who are manipulated by this sadist.

david saint
david saint

Minnesota Slim, you shouldnt talk about things you know NOTHING ABOUT...just some info for yet another ingorant moron who doesnt even live in this state, but there are kidnappings daily occuring and what has joe done about it?? arrested and deported the very same people that the kidnappers target, NOT THE KIDNAPPERS...he goes after the little guys, the janitors, the lawn mowers (except the ones that work for his largest campaign contributor that is, Turf paradise), not the real threats to our society..see, i think that rapists, murderers, PEDOPHILES (like the one that his moronic employees let escape) are more of a threat than a man or woman that gets up and goes to work every day to make an honest buck...also, unless you think its appropriate to hush critics by investigating and/or arresting them on charges that NEVER have stuck, then you should rethink your opinion..if you do support that, well your nothing more than a right wing fascist and your view of patriotism is seriously flawed....

david saint
david saint

lol, was that the same website that also said arpaio had an 80% approval rating throughout 08, when he only won 55% of the votes? Also, are you aware that Phx PD has 4 times the amount of illegals arrested than mcso? nice try to defend him, but again the lame excuses have more holes than a civ...

glw
glw

New Times has treated Sheriff Joe, as they say (by the here-say of the Sanchez family) he treats these people of Guadalupe, for FAR longer then he has supposedly treated these residents of Guadalupe. YEARS of "tailing" him around, "to harass" him on his every move, for simply doing the JOB, he was elected to do.

Looking at the most recent STATS, on Joe's website, I would say this man is doing our County a GREAT Service...please see below;

Under the State law - Illegal Immigration Stats to Date

*Arrests by Sheriff�s deputies of persons transporting or being transported illegally into Arizona: 1,250Under the Federal law

*Arrests by Sheriff�s deputies who, in the course of their duties, determine the arrestee is in Arizona illegally: 1,582ICE �Holds�

Each inmate booked is interviewed for immigration status. Sheriff�s detention officers have turned over 22,616 illegal immigrants to Immigration authorities for deportation.

THIS IS JUST MARICOPA COUNTY!

Maybe New Times should take the time and run an article about the HARM, done in our county by "illegal immigrants" in contras, to this one?

Instead of Hindering him and his men from doing their JOB, maybe try to help him? I have worked with a froup now for 2 years, aiding Joe and his wonderful mem with this immagration problem. It is HERENDOUS and needs to be given the attention required to deal with it.

I would never condone "Profiling", but where are we to look for illegal immagrants, in Plush, downtown apts? 90% of the illegal immagrants in this country are of Mexican origin, however, Tent City has illegals of many "origins: not just Mexican.

If you break the law, he is in his "RIGHT" to pull you over, wether that be a broken tail light, speeding or other VILOLATIONS. He is ALSO, within his RIGHT, to check the immagration status of those he does pull over - PERIOD.

Good article New Times, Now I would enjoy seeing one from the OTHER POINT OF VIEW!

Hock
Hock

I still would like an explaination why it's appropriate for the deputies to wear balaclavas. They're not undercover. Just disguises should be forbidden unless authorized by staff and there should be a reason for it. They are civil servants, and serve the public.

Minnesota Slim
Minnesota Slim

Sheriff Arpio is not only doing an outstanding job for the people of Maricopa County, the rest of the country owes him a debt of gratitude for keeping hordes of illegals from making it past the AZ state line.

It's telling that the only people that are criticizing him are America hating leftists and the illegals themselves.

Good on ya, Sheriff Joe!

Another Yaqui from Guadalupe
Another Yaqui from Guadalupe

A question I wonder if Lacey might answer in a subsequent article, for the rabid Arpaio supporters:

1. It is against the law for a law-enforcement officer to pull over someone when they have ulterior motives, ie, stopping someone for a broken taillight just because they do not like the individual in the car? (I have argued this strenuously with Arpaio supporters, and they all disagree: They say police are within their rights -- "The Law is the law," they say. But, court rulings born out of 1960s civil-rights cases should make it clear that it is illegal for police to use false motives to harass and intimidate. So, Lacey, can you help out by pointing out court rulings that specifically indicate that MCSO is breaking the law? That would help.)

Coz
Coz

If it wasn't for the grand standing of illegal immigration that Bozo Joe is doing currently, he would be still be as corrupt as ever, as he has been for the last 10 years, long before he jumped on the illegal immigration band wagon. The fact is pro Bozo Joe supporters can't see the forest through the trees and think it's ok to be corrupt as long as you pander to the immigration situation. According to them, it's ok to break the law to enforce the law no matter how corrupt Bozo Joe is in 99.% of everything else Bozo Joe does. As Lisa Allen once said, only the uneducated vote for Bozo Joe. The post by Pro Bozo Joe supporters prove this over and over.

david saint
david saint

first, great article, very candid and pointed. its too bad that the ignorant masses cant pull their heads out of the sand long enough to just take a serious look at what goes on. Its not a secret, those that support him either dont want to face the facts and would rather champion some conspiracy theory rather than accept it, or just flat out are too lazy to take the time to know. I talk to the latter usually, and they have such a hard time believing the facts i lay out to them they THEN go and look at it. This is pure abuse of power, and as im sure your going to continue to detail in future reports, this is not an isolated incident. Its the norm for MCSO and joe, almost like a daily fix of herion for them like a junkie. Its appalling, ludacris, and has no place in America. That said i know it happens all over, but not from someone who constantly demands the spotlight be on them...well there is Robert Mugabe, and there once was Hitler.... Its rather shocking though that the pro joe crowd are actually upset that the justice department is doing what it needs to do to protect EVERYONEs rights, not just illegals. The ignorant need to comprehend that if its allowed just once, it WILL continue, it wont just stop there. History has showed us this fact. I hold out hope for the future, and that doesnt just mean im happy joe could be arrested because frankly i dont think it will ever happen. It will however make him check his ego at the door, and it should scare him straight..that is if he continues to want to be a top law enforcement official. let me repeat that for you joe, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL. That doesnt say POLITICAL OFFICIAL anywhere...Law enforcement doesnt mean you enforce the laws you want. Law enforcement doesnt mean you interpret the law as you see fit, or manipulate it for personal gains. its to be followed to the T, no if, ands, or buts about it. My feeling is if they cant do it without playing politics, dont do it at all. The job is law enforcement, and no matter how many times the pro joe crowd keeps screaming "hes just enforcing the law" its not going to make it the truth until he ACTUALLY follows through on it. And lets be honest, MCSO let someone escape from their custody that is far more criminal than anyone they have apprehended during joes tenure. His MO at the DEA was the easy arrests, hence the name Nickel bag. That MO seems to have followed him to MCSO. Why else would he send 60 deputies to arrest 3 janitors? is that a wise use of resources, paying how much overtime in these tough economic times to arrest 3 people they could have done anytime? Was Swat gear really needed to apprehend these hardened criminals? Heres one for you, how many lives could have been saved if MCSO had put due dilligence and effort into tracking and arresting the Serial shooters had they not been so busy getting fkd and blown by prostitutes they were supposed to be getting evidence on to make arrests? And why did all those cases get tossed again??? i look forward to the upcoming stories Mr Lacy..and thanks for your courage and Patriotism in the face of adversity!!

Johnny Come Lately
Johnny Come Lately

Mr. Lacey, don't blame me for this. I'm just copying and pasting what they sent me. Sincerely, Big "O."

So now Johnny O'Sullivan goes by a new nickname, the Big "O"? Would that stand for orgasm, like the one you have in your pants every time you post and see your name in print? You are a fucking slimeball disgrace to Irishmen everywhere! Your posts are nonsensical, off topic ramblings that expose your idiocy and self serving motives.Global Equity is merely a false front for some poor shmuck's beef with local law enforcement. What, did they pass you up for that promotion? No wonder, considering the lack of intelligence displayed in your diatribes in this forum.Johnny, you make yourself such an easy target, you cabbage eatin', potato peelin', whiskey swillin' gas bag! Do the world a favor and put a round in the .38 caliber toothbrush. Put that old service revolver to good use one last time.

Wisselc
Wisselc

This article said nothing about illegals they were talking about legal and perhaps citizens who are being harrassed and stopped for trivial infractions. I am hispanic but my grandparents on my fathers side went west in the covered wagons and if i was stopped and harrassed like these people i would bring a lawsuit against the department responsible... oh and by the way i am a millionaire that drives a hyundai. They wont know who they are messing around with until it is too late.

 
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