Arpaio’s Busts of Illegals at Popular Valley Water Parks Are All Wet


Russell Pearce, the powerful East Valley lawmaker, had this to say to the New York Times in June 2008:

"It's about time and it's great. It's kind of like the shot fired at Concord in the Revolutionary War, the shot heard around the world."

State Senator Pearce was referring to Maricopa County sheriff's deputies raiding two popular water parks, Waterworld Safari in Glendale and Golfland SunSplash in Mesa, a few days earlier.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas, kindred spirits in the "war" against illegal immigrants.
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas, kindred spirits in the "war" against illegal immigrants.
New Times Photo Illustration; Photo by Jamie Peachey

Heavily armed deputies executed search and arrest warrants at the parks after an investigation that began with a tip from a former Waterworld manager.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's P.R. team teased local media before the raids, hinting of something juicier than yet another high-profile haul of mobile corn vendors, gardeners, and car-wash employees.

Perhaps this would lead to the first case under Arizona's strict new employer-sanctions law, which had gone into effect that January. Going after local employers, especially in this crippled economy, would've made for a hot story.

Pearce, who once was Arpaio's chief deputy, had pushed the controversial Legal Arizona Workers Act through the 2007 Legislature. Then-Governor Janet Napolitano surprised many observers by signing the measure into law.

Considered the toughest statute of its kind in the nation, it allows the government to suspend or revoke the licenses of Arizona business owners who "knowingly" or "intentionally" hire undocumented immigrants.

Police agencies, legal scholars, and immigration experts nationwide were keeping close watch on Arizona (really, on Maricopa County) to see how and when the highly publicized sanctions law would first be used.

The raids, on June 10, 2008, ended with the arrests of just nine suspected aliens, on charges of identity theft and forgery. Deputies detained a few others suspected of being in this country illegally.

The arrested were taken to the Maricopa County Jail to await disposition of their criminal cases and, then, their seemingly inevitable deportation to Mexico.

Ordinarily, they would have been called good citizens — except they weren't legally in the United States.

None of the nine workers were "dangerous" to the community, and none had warrants on other charges (though one did have a drunken-driving history going back to the early 1990s). Most were raising families in the Valley and had worked for years without incident at Waterworld. A few even owned homes here.

None of that mattered to Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. The duo, who have joined forces loudly and repeatedly on the illegal-immigrant issue, held a triumphant press conference a few hours after the raids.

"A new chapter in the enforcement of immigration law in Arizona has begun," Thomas said.

That chapter was to be the use of the new employer-sanctions law in tandem with toughened identity-theft statutes written, at least in part, with undocumented workers in mind. In this case, prosecutors would allege that the Waterworld employees used forged and stolen identities to get and keep their jobs.

Joe Arpaio claimed at the press conference that preliminary scanning of personnel records seized from Waterworld's Mesa-based parent company, Golfland Entertainment Inc., had revealed more than 100 "suspicious" Social Security numbers.

"We will continue to see if the owners of these [water-park] establishments have violated any of the employer-sanctions laws," the sheriff said, "or if they have conspired on these criminal violations."

So this wasn't at all the shot heard 'round the world that Russell Pearce had hoped for, but just another small-fry, Arpaio-generated immigration/ID theft case?

Thomas conceded that he wasn't ready to call it an employer-sanctions case but said his prosecutors were working on it.

Phoenix news that night showed a few forlorn Latinas in Waterworld golf shirts getting led away in handcuffs by deputies wearing sunglasses.

Within days, Thomas announced a 41-count grand jury indictment against the nine employees. But he remained evasive about seeking sanctions against Golfland Entertainment, which at the time owned three water parks in the Valley — the third was Big Surf in Tempe — and six in California.

(Golfland Entertainment sold Waterworld to an Australian firm late last year. Its new owners have renamed it Phoenix Wet 'N' Wild.)

Andrew Thomas never did make a case against parent company Golfland Entertainment. Despite the hullabaloo and expectations after the new law went into effect, his office still has not filed any sanctions in cases against employers, nor has any of Arizona's 14 other county attorneys.

One likely reason, according to University of Arizona researcher Judy Gans, is the depressed economic climate.

"Those industries that rely heavily on low-skilled, often illegal-immigrant, workers has been disproportionately impacted," she says. "There are very few hires who would be covered by the law, so it's not surprising that there hasn't been a lot of action around the law. All of that may change when the economy begins to recover."

Instead of the owners, prosecutors soon turned their attention to Waterworld's food-service and catering manager, Lessie Juanita Serrano, who had hired and supervised some of the arrested employees.

Last December 18, after some noteworthy legal twists and turns, a grand jury indicted Serrano on charges of aggravated identity theft (the equivalent under Arizona law of committing manslaughter) and hindering prosecution.

"[Serrano] actively encouraged, aided, and abetted the workers' identity theft as an accomplice," a prosecutor wrote in a later motion.

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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).

What do you mean tragedy! It was just a birthday present for planet apes president !!! That's all ! Feels great to flip hamburgers and hip hop atop of good news...makes you feel vibrant and energized !!!

ARIZONA = UTOYA = GOVERNMENT‘S "AFTERLIFE" CASH & $$ FLASH MOB (there was no shooting in Utoya or Arizona, but tear gas and theater instead on faces of multiculturalism maniacs..your guilt or blame and shame weapon against us and our families in our own countries atop of forceful unemployment during so called "ECONOMIC CRISES" during which third world foreigners are allowed to rape, kill, and still is nothing else but fast way to early retirements for government related criminals/ terrorists...$$$ extra bonuses, and newly issued state identities while calling you a terrorists) !!! http://stateofterror.blogspot.... or http://stateofterror.wordpress...

OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.c... or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.... Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ...YESSS, WE CAN...YESSS, WE CAN...GABBY OPENED HER EYES (Obaminator’s psychotic speech in Tucson = failed “Apocalypse Now“)

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) !!!

no mas
no mas

well sheriff joe looks like jaba the hut how tall is he cuz i did not know that they could stack shit that high any ways i think that the pilgrims are the fist wet backs i call Columbus day ...venereal day so look out were taking over one baby at time

jj501
jj501

The actions and attitudes of that corrupt government and most the people writing the comments should present more than enough reason to stay away or flee Maricopa and Arizona for that matter. If you do come beware your entering a modern Police State/Concentration Camp. Oh, and don't bother bringing a copy of the constitution or bill of rights as it appears the schools can not produce anyone who can read. Don't expect any help either Joe will send a cop to monitor your help ask Goddard. So take your businesses, capital, jobs, taxes, etc. somewhere else. Its hot, its Hell and it's destined to be the world's largest industrial prison ghost town.

Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson

Instead of trying to sppeal to the sympathies of readers using the supposed goodness of the illegal immigrants in this story, keep the focus on the real issue: Sheriff Joe is violating the constitution, is corrupt and steals from tax payers.

While racial profiling is certainly wrong, unfortunately it will not be enough to turn the voters against Joe and his posse. Prove to the voters that he is corrupt and embezzling their public funds and you can undermine his political support. Hopefully the Feds will be able to successfully prove this.

Attempting to drum up sympathy for illegal aliens, regardless of their track record, is counterproductive and only turns off those that really need to be convinced of Sheriff Joe's iniquity.

MrsTruth&Freedom
MrsTruth&Freedom

In this case all illegals pled to a lesser charge and are out either working or living their lives in Mexico. How fair is that to Ms. Serrano? Golfland Sunsplash and the owner Carlston weren't even charged. LESSIE SERRANO SHOULD BE ACQUITTED. She had been working at that food service manager job for less than a year - how could she possibly have known if someone who worked there 15 16 or 17 years BEFORE she worked there was illegal? Mrs. Serrano is on the chopping block because Arpaio and Thomas need their names in the paper. The end doesn't justify the means. They are flouting, bending, twisting, breaking (whatever you want to call it) the law - which is exactly what the illegals did in the first place.

I'm an American of mexican descent and I have seen the decline in neighborhoods of Phoenix due to illegal immigration and the subsequent drain on the economy. All ILLEGAL aliens should be deported because that is the law; they are breaking the law. Try going to any other country in the world and see what happens to you if you try to overstay a visa or work permit.

double 0012
double 0012

From reading the case against Lessie Serrano, I feel that this is an injustice to her. These people who said that Serrano knew what was going on, said so only so that they would be deported and not face criminal charges, I feel the prosceutors & Joe Arpaio are targeting Serrano for their own Political GAIN. I don"t feel Serrano is Guilty of any wrong doing, but a VICTIM for nothing more than POLITICAL GAIN. They should have kept all these workers in jail until this case was settled. Do the right thing and acquit this victim.

cableguy
cableguy

This is one of your best colums ever! More people need to be aware of their antics. Thanks for giving us the low-down on these baffoons. I love the "DOWN ON BROWN" graphic. My hat off to the artist that came up with that. I'm printing a copy as we speak.

keep up the good work!

leonard clark
leonard clark

Hello everybody ! Just writing to announce that we have finally filed official recalls on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. We are going to let the nation and world know that the image of ignorance and hate that Joe Arpaio, Andrew Thomas, Pierce, Bob Burns et. al. have sent out from Arizona is a false one ! Arizona, will hence forward be a state known for Love, humanity and justice !

The image of our state is very important in that the above individuals and their thuggish accomplices hope to discourage nice people from moving to Arizona and instead attract those that physically threaten and hate those that disagree with their un-constitutional and anti-human rights behavior ! In this way, these elected "haters" will ensure themselves never getting out of elected office ! Because those that hate the constitution and civil rights and support Joe Arpaio will out number those that support the constitution at the ballot box.We should thank all those politicians like Phil Gordon who stand against hate and racism especially knowing that their going to be threatened by these racist thugs who constantly threaten and intimidate with violence. The racists and the un-constitutional thugs will no longer rule our Maricopa County nor our beautiful state of Arizona !

Please, help us any way you can whether through prayer, signing one of our petitions or helping circulate them and getting other people to sign them. We have almost no funding except for pennies to print the tremondous amount of petitions it will take to get these two thugs recalled so please donate whatever you can no donation is to small to help fight for the constitution, human rights and justice here in Maricopa County Arizona !

We are in the process of getting paypal set up on our website: arizonarecall.com so please if you can, go over to our site and help us in any way you can. Even if you just spread the word about our recall or post the news of it everywhere you can that will be blow struck in defense of our constitution. The Main Stream Media is not going to publicize this campaign against ignorance and hate unless we force it to the point where they can no longer pretend we don't exist.

We pledge our lives to you in the name of restoring peace, love and humanity to our Maricopa County and beautiful state of ArizonaSincerely,Leonard Clark Chair of the recall committees for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. website: arizonarecall.com phone: 623-206-2039 email: leonardclark385@hotmail.com

July 8th, 2009 leonardclark

Daddyjim
Daddyjim

Arpaio and Thomas being elected officials say more about the intelligence of the voters than it does about the intelligence of the officials

david saint
david saint

lol Doak, spoken like a true republitard..lay off the fox news channel and rush limbaugh for a day or 2 ok..

jetjazz
jetjazz

So your for open borders. That's great! Me too. What Joe is doing is great. Take away the jobs and then we don't have to build a wall. Your reporter is an idiot. What part of illegal don't you understand. By the way, why don't you try crossing Mexico's southern border without papers and see what they do down there. You're a butt head.Joe

david saint
david saint

For the "I support joe because he upholds the law" crowd, since when did it become legal to LIE in a grand jury proceeding?? Im sure barry bonds and his lawyers will be happy to hear that......Ironically, the fact that they clearly withheld a witness could be the factor that lets 5 illegals stay in the US to work, and cause all those tax dollars spent on this case to be wasted yet again. lol, now thats a new level of incompetence, and i love that you wish them all deported and MCSO is the reason they are staying...

david saint
david saint

lol, but in response to your point about illegals committing all the crime, where are these stats? Can you prove any of it? I thought not, so its just speculation like Trent franks tried to say at that congressional hearing, or that russel pearce tried to state in a recent Opinion column in the AZ republic..which by the way was directly refuted by a former justice dept official, who also held several other post that would put him/her in the know. Point is, its real easy to blame illegals for everything, but it just isnt true. yes some are bad apples, but not all of them. By that same thinking, us white folk are all serial killers, considering there are more whites in that category than any other race combined.

Joe Camel
Joe Camel

Humm..one would think all these folks are just here to live a good life..Look at the most recent crime statistics and you will see a different story. The fastest growing prison population is illegals. Rape, robbery, traffic incidents, etc..California is bankrupt due to illegals.For those who enjoy paying for all of this, I say pay more. Give to where you don't have anything left. Maybe then, I won't have to continue to pay for their illegal activities. BTW, there are legal ways to get in the country and work. It is called the law. Google it some time, may learn something.

david saint
david saint

I see that ignorance is bliss to most who have commented so far. For those saying joe is doing his job, im going to lay out a few issues proving otherwise. For those saying that MCSO doesnt racial profile, again im going to show otherwise. For those saying that joe is just doing his job and upholding the law, im going to show otherwise. Whether or not you choose to accept these facts and the truth, is up to you. If you disagree, write back showing why instead of calling names, because honestly im curious as to how people professing to be patriots can so freely ignore these facts. A 12 year old boy is ripped from his home and his hands zip tied, all because he has brown skin and lived next door to a house being raided by MCSO. He and his LEGAL father, who was also detained for more than 2 hours, were later released when the mother came home and showed MCSO deputies their papers...which they refused to ask for to begin with. A 19 year old and his father are stopped in front of a business being raided, and due to their brown skin are assumed to be illegals. They are held against their will for some 3 hours, and later released. This young man spoke before Congress about the issue..with one congressman actually having the balls to ask him whats worse, some girl that lives across the country from him and doesnt know dying because of a drunk driving illegal immigrant, or his civil rights being violated for a few hours. Its that same ignorant attitude that allows this to continue to happen. The Constitution specifically forbids these actions, yet people professing to be patriots think this type of police action is warranted. Well, ever heard the term 2 wrongs dont make a right? Ever consider that by allowing it to happen just once a precedent is being set to allow racial profiling to continue to happen, and all this after how many people died so that it would end? Why bother having MLK day, when the very thing he stood for is being trashed daily by MCSO and other agencies alike? Then, theres always the murder of Scott Norberg (among the many), which you joe lovers love to forget about. I guess its ok for MCSO to lose the key evidence proving murder by one of their own in your book then, right? That was after they tried to pawn it off as an accident also. Wouldnt you say thats at the least fishy? If not, then dont bother speaking here because then your true colors will have shown. You dont support the law, you support the racism brewed by arpaio and his political move to keep you sheep voting for him. There are other instances, such as joes 5 year investigation into AG Goddard, which has resulted in nothing more than keeping the AG from doing his job due to conflict of interest..something joe and andy like to forget about at their convenience. Theres a federal judges ruling from may 26th of this year, in which he ruled that MCSO not only violated the civil rights of AZ ACLU Dir Dan Pochoda, but that there is clear evidence showing a conspiracy to do so by MCSO brass. Theres the illegal arrest of this papers owner and editor, as well as the attempted arrest of a reporter as well which nearly turned into an armed brawl between MCSO guards and a capt vs Phx Pd..at CITY HALL. First, why are jail guards supposedely investigating for the internal affairs dept (MCSO's claim, and in their report they state DO so and so not detective/deputy/etc) instead of detectives?? I guess they really dont take them seriously. Second, what kind of professional cop expects another to bend over for them instead of following their oath and upholding the law? (so much for that theory of "they uphold the law")More importantly on that issue though, is when did it become popular, or legal for that matter, for someone of authority to use their power and have newspaper reporters/editors/etc arrested for printing articles about them they dont like? Thats gestapo tactics, and that type of abuse used to be considered disgraceful. Do you people even know how that started? Because a NT reporter had the balls to dig into how joe was able to pay 880k in cash for commercial properties, and he dared file a record request to find out where the jail commissary monies are and how they are distributed. Did you know that the contract is owned by joes brother in law? Wouldnt you like to find out not only where that is, but how arpaio continues to come up with millions of dollars in cash? Or are you not aware about this, and his getting caught with a million dollars in cash in the trunk of a rental car in his daughters name..as he was coming back FROM MEXICO??

Now to the lady who thinks arpaio and thomas hate each other...HA, where did you get that from, late night stand up act? Thomas's only goal right now is to become Governor, period the end. He will do WHATEVER it takes to get there, including milking arpaio's support for every dollar and vote he can get. Why would he throw away a good thing? Nice try though...

I could go on, but ive got better things to do..respond if you can, but i doubt any of you can or will..

For the NSM people, kiss my white german ass..and have a nice day.

5777
5777

While I have been able to recently shake my head at your "Joe/Phoenix legal folk just plain HAAAAATE the 'Brown" folk" bullshit, your 'publication' is truly sinking to new lows. As a starting point, I'll give you the obvious that Arpaio is grandstanding. He is, and will always be a complete and total moron, continuously pandering to the waves of popular pubic sentiment. But therein lies the question - knowing that said "guy" continues to get elected based upon clearly vote-driven opinion, why not shift your continual rage upon those who voted said politician into office? While I know the answer is clear for your series of "investigative beat reporters", it cannot be denied....The MAJORITY of your city voted said idiot back into office because they are TIRED of being compromised (safety, E.R., schools, communication, etc.) by people who have NO business being here, and more importantly, have NO desire to integrate into our culture. This is the BIG fault line in our nation's immigration history. We've been stupidly offering easy loophole handouts for years, and consequentially been getting raped for them tenfold. Current open-borders advocates scream about how "you are a nation of immigrants". True. But the big difference is that compared to current day's proximity and technological advaces (think any corporate telephone line), there is no longer any imperitive to assimilate. For those that have already thumbed their noses at the "laws" of the USA, why should you give a flying eff about "becoming an American", when from the first day your either run or get trucked across the border, Bank of America is MORE than happy to talk to you about getting a home loan "via marque DOS!!!"

For MONTHS now, you have run this "ongoing series" on two easy Marks, Arpaio and Thomas, who have been so devilishly hellbent on ruining the prosperity of those who have no business being here in the first place. It is beside the point on how our twisted, evil, corrupt nation and business owners lured these "poor, unsespecting, and unwilling to take advantage of our ridiculously generous and lax handout system people across the border of a soverign nation will pay for". It is beside the point of how our greed and apparent unwillingness to plunge a toilet, dig a ditch or frame a house is a clear indictment on how we should compromise our once-prosperous nation to satiate handouts and votes for polical flavor of the term. The "Race to the Bottom" on wages is a non-factor. Eff all of the NATIVE population who WOULD do those jobs. But now... "It's all about the children...the families...", right? Give me an effing break.

Assuming that your writers actually funtion outside of the current status quo that you so euphorically promote - I certainly don't expect any sound counter-point stories, clearly painting the very real images of countless Valley families who are compromised by identity theft, general and rapid degeneration of once proud, clean and safe neighborhoods, uninsured driver accidents, nightmares in the E.R. due to "victim undocumenteds" waiting before you to get common cold medicine for their otherwise healthy "citizen" babies while you have a true emergency, the loss of quality education time of native children to accomodating kids who don't even know the language of the LAND, and don't give a tin ess about it, etc....This is MY experience from Valley "neighbors". While I took pride in my home, my "neighbors" yard died and became a parking lot. While I took pride in my neighborhood, my "neighbors" turned their plot into a nonstop party zone. After dozens of direct encounters, NO attempt to speak the (assumed) language on the land. May be cool to you, but sickening to the majority of us who have to pay for this bullshit.

Again - Arpaio is an utter ass, but your relentless cover stories on how "the poor browns" are such victims are utterly insulting to every LEGAL, job-holding, tax-paxing citizen of this State. You discredit yourself in such predictable, pedestrian, one-sided juvenile writing. I now only pick up your piece off ess rag for asswipe. Much like our higher elected officials, what I wouldn't give to have a band of your best, brightest, and most importantly, sane and competent "journalists" go talk to REAL citizens.

Until such time, you are a massive piece of dog ess. You are a disgrace to your publisher and nation as a whole, and deserve the full wrath and payoff of that which you preach. YOU support it...YOU pay for it.

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Jerry
Jerry

I can see why this trash is a free newspaper. Nobody would pay for this type of reading. Get a life and let Joe do his job, better yet, go find one yourself that serves America.

Sorry, I didn't find more than page one interesting enough to continue. Useless drivel and sarcastic BS, get a life.

TommyC
TommyC

Sad commentary on usage of a law enforcement agency that is tasked with taking care of county issues. The MCSO sheriff will do pretty much anything to keep his name in the news so he can read about himself.

I will reiterate what I've said in other posts: It's not the job of MCSO, Phoenix P.D., Glendale P.D. or any of the other county or municipal agencies to do the job of I.C.E. or Border Patrol. The MCSO sheriff said so his very self in 2005 then changed his mind when he found out cash and votes would align with arresting illegals.

The MCSO sheriff is mentally ill.

John
John

God you people are stupid. By all means track down and arrest the illegals, AFTER the fat ass find those ten of thousands of felons runninf around with unserved warrents.

By all means depot the illegals, AFTER the sherrif office does the job it was createdto do by patrolling unincorperated maricopa and the outlying towns that is has contracted to provide police too.

What good does it do anyone to arrest a corn vender or sub minimum wage slave if they dont do shit about the meth head white people turning the small towns outside the phx vally into uburban hell holes.

Get you f - ing priorites aligned

Commadore
Commadore

There is a special place in hell for Joe and his clan.

alex
alex

to Lorri and Joann-would these identities have ever been stolen if immigration was as crazy as it is? if they were different, would YOU all have been affected like this? i'm trying to appeal to your personal lives here, as that is what both of you mentioned in your posts. if there were no reason for identities to be stolen, then they wouldnt have been stolen!!! there's that quote, 'necessity is the mother of invention'. these problems will never be solved unless we address why they exist in the first placewith respect

joan
joan

Why do you think Joe keeps getting re-elected. He's doing what the people of Arizona want. All states and the Fed's should be cracking down on these illegals.They are breaking the law! My daughters social security number is being used (several years now) by an illegal in Texas. She has his name and place of business, yet no one, state, feds or social security will do anything about it! WHY?

Lorri
Lorri

I couldn't even finish reading this cause it's a joke! Thomas hates Arpaio yet this article states that they are the same. You people are so stupid. I am so sick of articles that talk about how these ILLEGALS are good people, not dangerous etc... BS!!!! They broke the law getting here. They have obviously stolen someone elses identity in order to stay here!!! I had my identity stolen by one of these people and it took me three years to fix everything!!! How is that okay at any level???? Screw this reporter and screw all you bleeding heart freaks out there that think its okay for them to come over whenever and do whatever!!!!

The Devil Guy
The Devil Guy

Well gee, Paul Rubin, the golden boy of the New Times is after Sheriff Joe for "doing his job". He also looks very "brown" himself. More liberal tripe from your buddy Mike Lacey and company. I almost got thrown out of Arcadia High School when I use to pass this rag out in the 70's; what the Hell was I thinking?

jas wats
jas wats

I think it's backwards to say that illegals to the jobs the rest of us won't do. It is more likely the illegals have no choice but to work for less due to their illegality, thereby nudging out workers that cannot afford to work so cheaply because of taxes, lack of gov't subsidies, etc.

Arizona Police State-the only
Arizona Police State-the only

"...They had such a hard-on for that water park because they knew it would be a camera magnet, a media magnet."

Plain and simple. Once again, politically motivated prosecution.

 
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