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OBAMA'S VICTIMS

Next time President Barack Obama comes whistling through Ari-bama, we should greet him with a new ditty: "Hail to the Profiler in Chief."

Because for all the highfalutin speechifying, all the promise of change, Obama has waffled on one thing you'd think would be a top priority for a so-called progressive who counts lefty icon Saul Alinsky as one of his formative influences.

ICE takes custody of non-criminal aliens, contrary to its PR spin, after an MCSO raid on Glendale's On Your Way Car Wash.
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ICE takes custody of non-criminal aliens, contrary to its PR spin, after an MCSO raid on Glendale's On Your Way Car Wash.

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Read accounts of Joe Arpaio's racial-profiling ways our "Are Your Papers in Order?" series. This week: "Driving While Brown."

This being the human and civil rights of those living within the boundaries of these United States.

For as Obama polishes his halo and practices his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, he is simultaneously complicit in the nefarious racial-profiling activities of our rogue lawman Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

True, as a sop to the Latino community and some (though by no means all) lefties, Obama's underlings have stripped Arpaio of his 287(g) field authority — and, putatively, the power to lawfully enforce federal immigration statutes.

But the 287(g) program remains unchanged in Arpaio's jails, with a new agreement, freshly minted by the Obama administration, giving federal authority to more than 60 officers to continue breaking the arms, busting the jaws, and violating the human rights of Latinos unfortunate enough to fall into one of Joe's hellholes (see "Driving While Brown," the latest segment in our online series "Are Your Papers in Order?").

When I challenged national ICE honcho John Morton on this very point during a press-conference phone call last week, wherein he discussed an expansion of the 287(g) program across the nation, he grew testy and said he did not wish to discuss "philosophy" with me. I told him there was nothing philosophical about those who've suffered in the barbaric conditions of Arpaio's gulags.

As for nullifying Arpaio's federal mandate in the streets, Morton acted as if ICE had done something principled.

"We ultimately determined that his sweeps were not consistent with our priorities," Morton told me.

Morton regurgitated his line on Rick Sanchez's CNN show, detailing why this Arpaio guy was so heinous while never discussing how he and Arpaio were still joined at the hip in Joe's medieval jails.

"[Arpaio's] sweeps are overbroad," Morton told Sanchez. "They don't have a particular focus or priority on criminal offenders, and he does it in a way that isn't marked by cooperation and coordination with the communities that he serves. And if we're going to enter into a partnership to enforce portions of immigration law, it needs to be done with someone who is working closely with the communities within which they serve, and someone who is focused on the right priorities — namely going after the worst offenders first."

So if Arpaio is not focused on the "right priorities," why did Morton give Arpaio's vast incarceration complex a de facto federal seal of approval? If partnering with Arpaio in the street offends Morton's sensibilities, what makes him think this partnership will be any more palatable behind cage doors, where Arpaio's goons can act indiscriminately, hidden from the prying eyes of activists and lawyers?

As if Morton's flaming hypocrisy wasn't bad enough, ICE facilitated Arpaio's sweep this week in Surprise. Sure, the 200 deputies and posse members who descended on that area like a pack of jackals didn't formally wield 287(g) authority, but as Arpaio pointed out time and time again, he didn't need it. All his beige-shirts needed to do was hit the speed dial for ICE's LEAR, short for Law Enforcement Agency Response, and ICE's dreaded Office of Detention and Removal rolled out and picked up the warm bodies, no questions asked.

During the entire two-day operation, in which 66 people reportedly were arrested, 19 "non-criminal aliens" — people who have committed no crimes other than (allegedly) the civil violation of being present sans papers — were turned over to ICE.

In the past, ICE had refused such low-hanging fruit from Arpaio. See, ICE's PR machine would have us believe that ICE no longer targets all aliens, but instead targets "the worst offenders first," as Morton suggested in the Sanchez interview.

Technically, ICE can claim to be doing this through the 287(g) program, but ICE's LEAR program is not beholden to such niceties. That's the obscene reality dogging Morton's statements. Any police or sheriff's department can call LEAR on anyone they suspect of being undocumented, and LEAR will show up to cart away the human quarry.

This is exactly what happened when Arpaio's big, bad thugs raided Glendale's On Your Way Car Wash and Quick Lube in order to collar illegal auto-scrubbers. You know, men and women who bust tails to keep their kids fed — and who are about as far as you can imagine from being violent criminals.

The TV footage shows a white ICE van pulling up and taking away seven handcuffed souls, each one of them representing a family cruelly crushed by the loss of a breadwinner. One of the women was openly weeping as a female ICE officer led her into the van.

Actually, it was Arpaio who asked the important question to CNN's Sanchez in a rebuttal to Morton's comments on an earlier show.

"If we violated [civil rights]," growled Joe, "why did ICE accept them over the weekend with no other charge than being here illegally?"

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12 comments
Danny Gilchrest
Danny Gilchrest

I always had a feeling this would happen if DHS didn't pull all of Arpaio's 287(g) authority. Plus we still have the blood hungry Nativists like Pearce pushing his agenda. I'm beginning to think we are just fucked here. The Nativists are blood hungry. They wont stop until they are able to knock down the doors of brown people at will, arrest those that associate with suspected mexicans, and make Arizona the only 3rd world country with the strictest immigration enforcement next to N. Korea.

Don Willaims
Don Willaims

This is excellent coverage of what is going on in Maricopa County. I'm not sure if I agree with Mr. Lemons on his analysis of our President. I think its still too soon to judge. Still it is refreshing to read well researched article of events. I learn more from the Bird and FB than I do reading the Republic or watching the news about what is going on.

Since Arpaio's sweep of Chandler in July, bussinesses still haven't recovered.

Joe Sanchez
Joe Sanchez

Obama's been disappointing us on this and other issues. I am Hispanic and face racial profiling daily in Arizona, I'm hurt and angerred the Obama White House is giving Arpaio 287G in jails and ICE is picking up the immigrants from the sweeps. I'm beginning to believe I voted for the wrong candidate. Maybe if Hillary had won the primary, things would be different.

If the Republicans were smart, they'd back an amnesty like Reagan did in then 80s. That would win all Hispanics into their ranks.

Mark
Mark

If they are to stay true to their word, when MCSO calls FROM THE FIELD, they need to say have a nice day and hang up. So now he is doing it without even the few guidelines that the 287(g) had. They (ICE) should say, "Call when they are booked into your jail. Otherwise, let them go if they have done nothing else."

Jl Dryden
Jl Dryden

So they take away Arpaio's 287g and he basically says Fuck you. They say-hey do what you want, please don't yell. He does what he wants and they kiss his nasty old ass.

Whats wrong with this picture?

David
David

60 people arrested, 38 turned over to ICE. The rest were here legally. Why were they arrested in the first place. If they show papers and can be verified, no arrest should happen.

Stacy
Stacy

One has to ask themselves this: If Arpaio's monkeys arrested 60 individuals and half were undocumented, this are we to believe that 50% of the county's population is undocumented?

Also, of the 60 arrested.. how many were Latino?

This proves selective enforcement of state laws - it's a pretext to continue to harass Latinos in the county.

Chem Trail Karen
Chem Trail Karen

I wish to complain. Steve Lemons (Jew Lover and 911 Truth Denier) should not be allowed to write anything religiuos. All he is doing is trying to encourage more of his pathetic followers to burn in hell with him. STAY AWAY FROM THE GOD TOPIC BIRD! I'M WARNING YOU!

Mark Riley
Mark Riley

The Bird's right. Obama doesn't deserve the Nobel Peace Prize when he allows the abuse's to continue in Maricopa County. Time for Obama to clean up his own back yard.

Undocumented Blogger
Undocumented Blogger

When it comes to Arpaio, The Federal Government is riddled with contradictions. First HLS Napolitano states they will be ending work site raids, then they have ICE support Arpaio's Car Wash raid. Whats wrong with this picture? A friend told me that they arrested the manager because he admitted to driving to work that day and had a suspended license. After over a year of these raids, still not one employer is arrested to convicted? Wasn't that what the employer sanctions law was intended for? To go after employers? I guess not.

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

Regarding Mr. Carlson, anyone who would knowingly make a speech before neo-Nazis, regardless of his views of "Zionism" or the plight of the Palestinians (including moral and legal abuses by the state of Israel) is no friend of Jews and no friend of humanity.

Regarding so-called "Christian Zionism", the following website seems to give a fairly sophisticated and nuanced overview, though I caution that I have not taken the time to investigate it systematically:

http://www.zionism-israel.com/...

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

"During the entire two-day operation, in which 66 people reportedly were arrested, 19 "non-criminal aliens" � people who have committed no crimes other than (allegedly) the civil violation of being present sans papers � were turned over to ICE.

"In the past, ICE had refused such low-hanging fruit from Arpaio. See, ICE's PR machine would have us believe that ICE no longer targets all aliens, but instead targets "the worst offenders first," as Morton suggested in the Sanchez interview."

This is the crux of the matter. The Obama administration (of which ICE and more broadly DHS is an Executive Branch agency) cannot enforce a particular interpretation of immigration law and agency rules which says, on the one hand, that Sheriff Arpaio and the MCSO may no longer use the federal government as an accessory in enforcing its racial profiling "sweeps" to round up otherwise law abiding individuals suspected of being undocumented, and on the other hand, to provide exactly the same service, only this time under the aegis of LEAR instead of the 287(g) program.

Mr. Lemons is absolutely correct to hold the Obama administration in general, and ICE in particular, to the fire, until they take meaningful and consistent action against local racial profiling. The latest actions by ICE suggest that local ICE administrators are only too pleased to act as accomplices to acts of racial profiling being actively investigated by other elements of the U.S. Justice Department, so long as this can be accomplished under color of law.

 
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