Janet Napolitano Pulls a Switcheroo on the Pro-Immigrant Crowd, Arpaio Scores a Latina Judge's Recusal, plus Swastikas in Fountain Hills

287(G) BOOS

You'd have to mine Davy Jones' locker to discover the true depth of our Democratic ex-governor's duplicity over the federal government's 287(g) program, the new rules for which were announced with great fanfare by Janet Napolitano's Department of Homeland Security two weeks ago.

The press was informed that the DHS was instituting a brand-spankin'-new, standardized memorandum of agreement, a sort of contract governing the training of beat cops to enforce federal immigration law. All 66 localities that already had memorandums with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which falls under the jurisdiction of the DHS, would have to sign new contracts. Homeland Security also announced the expansion of the program, with 11 new law enforcement agencies signed to the new memorandums.

Homeland Security offered up a side-by-side analysis of the new and old memorandums, giving everyone the distinct impression that bad actors, such as our own Sheriff Joe Arpaio, would be reined in under the novel dictates.

Arpaio's high-profile abuses of the program since he joined it in 2007 were ignored: You know, immigrant moms torn from their tots; women who ended up with a broken arm or jaw after being coerced by one or more of Arpaio's 160 287(g)-trained thugs; unconstitutional sweeps that sowed fear in Hispanic neighborhoods and brought on a federal civil rights lawsuit against the sheriff because of his racial-profiling ways.

All such deeds would be forgiven and forgotten by Homeland Security if Arpaio were to sign anew on the line that is dotted.

Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler explained to me from D.C. that the new memorandums would target "criminal aliens," with prioritization given to rapists, killers, and drug dealers. You know, instead of the landscapers and car-washers the MCSO's used to collaring. As for the sweeps, Chandler suggested that if Arpaio wanted to use his 287(g) authority in a sweep or worksite raid, an "ICE supervisor" would have to approve "a copy of the operation plan."

The department's press release stated that arresting someone on a bogus charge — as is often done by the MCSO — for the actual purpose of turning over the warm body to ICE would be discouraged.

"To address concerns that individuals may be arrested for minor offenses as a guise to initiate removal proceedings," reads Homeland Security news release, "the new agreement explains that participating local law enforcement agencies are required to pursue all criminal charges that originally caused the offender to be taken into custody."

Nationally and locally, journos reported that the new memorandum could crimp Arpaio's style. Arpaio played along, kvetching — but not too loudly or long — that the new rules were aimed at him and would mean fewer illegals pulled in by his gendarmes. He referred to the new memorandum as "sugar-coated amnesty."

But Arpaio didn't walk away from the 287(g) program. Rather, he said the Sheriff's Office would review the changes. According to Homeland Security, he has 90 days to do so. Even before the actual boilerplate of the memorandum was released, the expectation at ICE was that Arpaio would comply. After all, Arpaio knows how to stretch a loophole 'til it bursts, noted one ICE guy I know And even with (possibly) increased federal oversight, Arpaio could still conduct sweeps under state law.

Notably, Homeland Security did not release the language of the new memorandum until a full week after its press release announcing the expansion and revision of the 287(g) program. The American Civil Liberties Union had to file a Freedom of Information Act request to get Homeland Security to produce the goods, and when the goods were got and passed around, it was immediately apparent to everyone in the immigrant-rights crowd that they'd been had. The ACLU issued a searing indictment of the new memorandum, bemoaning the government's mainly "cosmetic" changes.

"Contrary to [the] announcement, the new 287(g) memorandum of agreement is not substantially different from the Bush administration's memorandum, observed ACLU legislative counsel Joanne Lin, "including the much-abused agreement currently in place in Maricopa County, Arizona."

Mimicking Homeland Security's side-by-side PR doc, the ACLU issued its own side-by-side analysis, contrasting what Homeland Security said the new memorandum established with reality. Indeed, laying down the new and old memorandums and reading them together is a little like comparing "new and improved" coffee with its old version and finding out that what's new about it is less coffee in the can.

In fact, the new agreement expands the powers of 287(g) officers, lessens the amount of experience a 287(g)-man (or -woman) should have (from two years of law enforcement experience to one), and maintains vague requirements for data collection.

Infuriatingly, despite President Barack Obama's call for openness and transparency in government, the memorandum actually states that documents resulting from the partnership between ICE and locals "shall not be considered public records."

This Soviet-style regulation reminds me of what I had to go through to get a list of the names of the MCSO's 287(g) officers. After several weeks, the federal government "responded" to my FOIA request, but with a list minus the actual names. (You'd have to see the doc, with deputies' names blacked out, to believe it.)

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tr7fan
tr7fan

well all i can say is an administrative violation becomes a felony once an IMMIGRANT goes out of america and comes back and then BEING A FELON makes it a criminal act that can be handled thru napalitano s revised instruction id make book that 80 percent of the poor mistreated IMMIGRANTS ARE IN REALITY A FELONbecause of this age old rule

alex
alex

the whole 'illegal is illegal' argument really gets me. Use your own head! how about thinking a little bit on your own and coming up with an actual response that isn't dependent on some systematic notion. I mean, I don't really care what your stance is, I'm not one to change your mind. But let me ask this: why is it that people from another land should be considered 'illegal' when they come here?

and i hope you dont say, 'because it's against the law!!!'

nana
nana

thought we got rid of her, tired of reading her bs, all the while ignoring real problems guess she cant do that in washington.

those who keep on the same rag chewing it over and over, what part of illegal is illegal, well I might ask the same of shruff joke he is profiling which is illegal, so what part of illegal does he not understand???? Citizens arrest !!!

where is that petition ?????

Mike
Mike

"Illegal is illegal. I know this is complicated to alot of people that read this rag. I feel no sympathy for families that enter this country illegally and get broken up. They all knew the ramifications of their actions. If they have a child in this country I believe they can hold dual citizenship in Mexico. So they are able to go to mexico and return when they are able when they are an adult."

So Bill would rather have a white rapist on the loose then a corn vendor or car washer or lawn maintenance person.Ok so Bill either hates women or is a rapist himself, good to know.

Bill by the way the US would rather have citizens hold only 1 citizenship, they want you to only have the US citizenship.So Bill, the kids that are born in the US have only US citizenship.Before you try to say that they can't be because be citizens because their parents hold allegiance to another government and the US does not have authority or jurisdiction over them (the most common mis-conception from the Anchor babies are not eligible for the 14th amendment protection people),If the US does not have jurisdiction over them then we can not arrest them or stop them for anything they did, if we can arrest them then the US government has Jurisdiction over them. The whole having jurisdiction thing was to cover diplomats that have DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY (you know like in (Lethal weapon 2), See THOSE people could kill or rape your child and the US would NOT be able to arrest them or even talk to them if they do not want to talk to you.

So Bill do you still feel it is more important that the corn vendor gets arrested first or do you think that the white rapist should get picked up first?

Bill
Bill

Illegal is illegal. I know this is complicated to alot of people that read this rag. I feel no sympathy for families that enter this country illegally and get broken up. They all knew the ramifications of their actions. If they have a child in this country I believe they can hold dual citizenship in Mexico. So they are able to go to mexico and return when they are able when they are an adult.

Mike
Mike

#Can someone explain to me why entering this country illegally does NOT make one a criminal. I thought it was illegal to enter this country to sneak into America....I thought it was the police job to catch criminals. Please help me understand this.Comment by Tim Ryan from Phoenix on Jul 24th, 2009, 16:06 pm

Hey Tim,Who is it more important to catch? A white rapest or a brown father trying to feed his family by getting a job doing manual labor?

Who is it more important to catch? A white Murderer or a brown mom trying to feed her family by working at a water park?

Who is it more important to catch? A court date skipping white neo nazi with a bench warrant issued by a court or a brown man trying to feed his family by cutting your grass?

Yeah, while it is illegal to currently cross the boarder with out proper documents, is it not MORE important to get the truly violent people off the streets FIRST before you go after someone just trying to make money to feed their family?

Would you rather have the corn vendor picked up in a sweep that has 200 law enforcement officers involved or would you rather have those same 200 law enforcement officers stopping a sick twisted person from kidnapping, raping torturing and then dismembering your daughter while she screams out your name asking why your not there to help her?

So Tim you answer me, does it really matter if entering this country is illegal if we still have rapists, murderers and truly violent sicko's who were born in this country running rampant in our streets? Why don't we stop the real baddies first.

Just ask your daughter or son where they would like to have a thin resource of law enforcement put;Stopping Juan from selling corn on the street cornerOR Stopping Robert from kidnapping and killing them?

Don't you love your daughter Tim? Tim,Why do you want your son kidnapped and killed by Robert?

Every time someone says that the sheriff is doing a good job by having so many officers picking up illegals think of home many rapers, murders and court jumpers could have been stopped with the same officers?

Next time you read a paper where some white girl says she was raped by a white man ask why was the sheriffs men not there to protect her.

Next time you read or hear about a store that was robbed by a white meth head ask yourself where were the sheriffs deputies.

Then after you ask where were they , remember, " OH yeah I rather have the deputies picking up the man selling cooked corn or washing my car then stopping a crime that actually hurts a real person and not just my idea that someone lost out on a employment opportunity".

So Tim Can you now answer the question "Which criminal you want the law enforcement officers to catch first?"?

Tim Ryan
Tim Ryan

Can someone explain to me why entering this country illegally does NOT make one a criminal. I thought it was illegal to enter this country to sneak into America....I thought it was the police job to catch criminals. Please help me understand this.

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 22th, 2009

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 22th, 2009

 
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