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Joe's exploits are worsening the problem: What your story drives home is how easily these human-smuggling operations fly under the radar of law enforcement.
I dare say Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is these smugglers' BFF, because while he's out rounding up maids, gardeners, and brown-skinned U.S. citizens, the smugglers are running their organized-crime businesses uninterrupted.
Arpaio's TV-exploited "illegal immigration sweeps" take the heat off the real criminals.
Which is just fine with Joe and his polygamous wives, [former] County Attorney Andrew Thomas and [Chief Deputy] David Hendershott. These three are bigger psychopaths than the coyotes you describe.
Larry Jerome, Phoenix
Screw the illegals!: No matter what happens to illegal immigrants on their way here, they deserve it. They are coming into our country illegally, so screw them!
I'm sure all the bleeding-heart liberals reading this are crying rivers, but think about it: If these criminals just stayed in their own countries, they wouldn't be beaten, tortured, and killed by worse criminals.
T.J. Crum, Phoenix
It's not a new problem: Those who came over on the Mayflower are the original illegal-immigrant invaders. Let us recognize.
Illegal immigration is not a new problem. Native Americans used to call it white people.
Ron Nesmith, Phoenix
What about Africans and Asians?: If these illegal immigrants were Asians, it would be so much better.
Look at our schools, our prison system, and our society in general. Mexicans and Central Americans under-perform in schools, are over-represented in prisons, and are at the bottom of our society.
Half the people in this world would kill to come to the United States. Where do we draw the line?
It's like genocide: Before anyone starts screaming racism, let's remember this. These are Mexican people killing, torturing, and raping their own race. Much like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton take advantage of black people.
So before anyone wants to cry about evil Americans wanting to protect our borders, let's realize whom the coyotes and the drug cartels are killing and abusing for profit.
It's genocide in a way.
Rod Chapman, Denver
How do you live though this?: This is so sad. Horrible. I am crying just reading this. Can you ever imagine anyone having to live through this? Something needs to be done.
Kathy Hunt, Miami
Bob thinks they deserve torture and death: Boo-hoo, pass me a tissue. Maria in your story and her co-illegal aliens deserve the terror bestowed upon them for their illegal entry into the USA.
When you lie with lice and fleas, your get lice and fleas. If New Times wants to help these people, then it should publish this article in Spanish and post it to every newspaper in Central America and Mexico.
Bob Johnson, Miami
A Mexican war zone: Thanks for this article, which tells it exactly like it is. Don't think it cannot happen to you. It can, easily.
The arms race in Mexico has gotten to the point where the cartels are armed with assault rifles and grenade launchers.
It wasn't that long ago that Al Capone and his like strolled the streets of U.S. cities with their Thompson machine guns. While you're agonizing over what to do in Iraq, remember that just over our southern border is a war zone that nobody sensible [from outside there] sets foot in.
Lest this not convince you [that something must be done], what is going to happen to the economy when the border is closed due to violence, and trade stops?
Tu Vecino, New York
Immigration system needs to be more flexible: This is a very detailed article about the daily life of immigrants trying to cross into the United States. My brother had this experience in real life.
We paid $3,000 to get him released. Many people don't understand the real situation about the poor pollos.
If the immigration system gets flexible for all people, it will be a better border. Programs need to be created so poor people can have the opportunity to make some dollars here and go back home.
If you're Mexican and apply to enter to States legally, you will be rejected. That's why so many people pay coyotes.
Juan Manuen, Los Angeles
More has to be done: What a horrifying situation. These people are being systematically persecuted and murdered.
I know that Barack Obama has "more boots on the ground" at the border than in any time in history and that the fingerprint program is going strong, deporting thousands of illegal immigrants with criminal records.
Despite Republicans spouting their outrage about illegal immigrants, they largely voted against funding the latest bill to help deal with this problem.
More has to be done. People near the border are scared — and with good reason. The only good thing about the unconstitutional [Senate Bill 1070] in Arizona is the attention it's focused on this problem.
What a chilling article. Most of us had no idea about this situation. This can't be allowed to continue.
Lisa Williams, Los Angeles
I don't understand all this hatred for Mexicans. For those of you who are spitting this garbage out. Just admit your a bigot and go on with your day. You guys talk out of both sides of your mouth. You defend this useless new law that solves nothing, Defend it saying its not about racial profiling and here you are talking all this crap. This immigration problem didn't happen overnite people, its been going on for years. This country isn't a victim, we contributed to this problem by allowing Corporations to hire them and did nothing, Landlords rented to them. Americans accross this country are guilty of hiring these immigrants as well. You know who you are. So when I hear the law being used time and time again as the primary excuse, remember we are just as guilty for breaking it.
America needs live up the the US Constitution as it is written. Our borders MUST be protected. All ILLEGALS must be DEPORTED. The Rule that stands for Europeans, Asians, South Americans and others to being here legally with documentation must apply also for All Mexicans. Mexicans that live here in the states with green cards who disagree with our laws should be deported also. Mexicans should not be telling American's how things in law should apply to them. Look at the damage in Mexico that is created and they wish this lack of LAW to apply for them here in the states. We American's have laws, that apply for everyone, of which mexicans, they want to be exempt from this. Calling it racial profiling. We all know the people coming from Mexico illegally are not French, Germany, Italian, Greek, Japanese, or any one else other then Mexicans. If anyone wants to live in the USA they must live by the LAW of our Country. This is something mexicans think does NOT apply to them. The law is the law. ( Racial profiling is when the law is looking for someone who does not have the race or nationality known and the law is looking at one nationality or race to pull over.) When looking for a illegal mexicans from near by Mexico in the border states this is legal and not profiling requiring papers from Mexicans. We know what and who we are looking for to showing paper work. We are looking for Mexicans. If they do not like our laws they are welcome to returning to Mexico.
Okay, look you anuses. The illegals have been coming here since forever. Some illegals are good. Most are bad. Sheriff Joke does some good things. Most are bad. uckfay the illegals and uckfay Shurf Joe. Our economy is imploding and all you whining douchebags care about is wetbacks and an old senile pig.
funny how the Liberal times,opps, I mean new times, picks and chooses what comments to post. nothing like being completely biased.
Your right about one thing, Arpaio should leave the vendors and landscapers alone....he should be going after the idiots that work at the New Times! Where do these"journalists" come from? If you think its so bad here, than move your @@@@ some place else! Until then, complain all you want, because nothing is going to change. Illegals are not welcome here and the majority, 70% agree.