Yet the Sheriff's Office, not usually known for its willingness to comply with public-records requests, forked over the names almost immediately. That roster would now be unobtainable under the new memorandum.

But what really made my noggin go kablooey like an American hotel in Jakarta was examining, line by line, the verbiage in the new memorandum that supposedly supports Homeland Security's initial claim, in its July 10 press release, that "participating local law enforcement agencies are required to pursue all criminal charges that originally caused the offender to be taken into custody."

What does the new memorandum state?

"The AGENCY is expected to pursue to completion all criminal charges that caused the alien to be taken into custody and over which the AGENCY has jurisdiction."

Compare this to the language for the current memorandum for Maricopa County, which says, "The [MCSO] is expected to pursue to completion prosecution of the state and local charges that caused the individual to be taken into custody."

See any bloody huge difference? I certainly don't. So what is it that keeps the MCSO from arresting immigrants "for minor offenses as a guise to initiate removal proceedings"?

There is new language in the agreement about the "purpose" of the "collaboration" between locals and feds, this being to "enhance the safety and security of communities by focusing resources on "criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety or a danger to the community." And there is a three-tiered prioritization of these criminals, with violent offenders at the top. But will the oversight or the political will be there to pull back Arpaio from collaring corn vendors?

Ultimately, you have to ask yourself why Homeland Security even bothered crafting a new agreement if it was going to continue to allow room for abuse on a broad scale. The reason is, Napolitano wants to maintain 287(g) but has to fend off pro-immigration voices demanding an end to the raids, sweeps, and other abuses that Arpaio and other rogue lawmen have instituted.

One of the most passionate and intelligent critics of 287(g), Aarti Shahani — co-author of Justice Strategies' devastating report on 287(g), "Local Democracy on ICE" — was never fooled. In an appearance on the lefty Webcast program GRITtv, she told host Laura Flanders that Napolitano's 287(g) flimflammery reveals the essence of who Janet Napolitano is: an "immigration hawk" and a "law-and-order extremist."

Bravo. Those on the left who demand justice and compassion for the undocumented should have no illusions about Napolitano. She is their enemy, and every move she makes should be suspect.

MURGUIA MALIGNED

Whenever ofays start whining about brown and black folk being biased against crackers, I hark back to my youth in North Carolina, growing up the eldest of three boys.

As my parents can testify, three boys in a household ensure a constant state of warfare. When we weren't fighting, we were trying to one-up each other and get each other in trouble.

Before we hit our teens, my mom and dad tried to enforce clean language amongst us. (After becoming teenagers, they realized it was hopeless.) So one way I could make sure my siblings received punishment from on high was to accuse them of using certain ribald words. Frequently, I'd use them myself then accuse one brother or another of the same offense, for which he'd promptly get sent to his room.

Accusing others of something you are guilty of often works. Coming to maturity in the South, I wish I had a dollar for every time some dumb racist said, "Why isn't there a National Association for the Advancement of White People?"

Such are my thoughts observing the treatment of two wise Latina jurists, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and U.S. District Court Judge Mary Murguia, who sits on the federal bench in Phoenix.

In Sotomayor's case, the tactic fell flat.

Southern senators, such as Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Sessions of Alabama, homed in on Sotomayor's previous comments concerning her Puerto Rican heritage, suggesting they rendered her incapable of making judgments based on the law. But Sotomayor was the one who came away looking earnest and impartial.

With Murguia, the tactic worked beautifully, albeit with the help of a few subpoenas.

See, Murguia was, until recently, the judge hearing the big racial-profiling lawsuit filed by the ACLU, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Phoenix law firm Steptoe & Johnson against Arpaio and the MCSO. On July 15, she recused herself from the case in response to a motion from Arpaio's lawyers.

Aside from being the first Latina appointed to the federal court in Phoenix, Murguia is also the twin sister of Janet Murguia, the president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, the most powerful Hispanic-advocacy group in America. And as you can imagine, neither Janet Murguia nor the council is a fan of Arpaio, the Hispanic-hunting ogre.

(To those bumpkins who think the "La Raza" in NCLR translates to "the race," it is actually translated more broadly to mean "the people" or "the Hispanic people." You are the same mental heavyweights who would probably agree with that old saw about the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.)

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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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