Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, August 25th, 2011

JOE'S FARCE

Of course they're a joke: What Joe Arpaio is doing with his sweeps always has been a farce, and your latest story just proves it once again ("Sizzling Deal," Uriel Garcia, August 11).

The truth is, Joe doesn't really give a good goddamn what happens to illegals once he collars them in front of TV cameras. He isn't an angry ideologue like soon-to-be-impeached state Senate President Russell Pearce (see "Eagle Scout," August 4, about the candidate who wants to replace Pearce). Arpaio's just an opportunist.

This is not to say that it's not highly ironic that folks like Carlos and Sandra Figueroa can work here legally only because Joe and his goons collared them.
Sam Haney, Phoenix

At least they're working: While these folks [in your article] are in the United States illegally, unless deemed otherwise and given permanent temporary status, they at least are working and not sucking off our government's teat — as so many born-here citizens do.

It's good to see [these formerly undocumented workers] paying Social Security and income taxes and supporting their children.
Tommy Collins, Phoenix

We wouldn't say we're trying: Why is it that New Times tries to portray Sheriff Joe Arpaio as a corrupt racist or as just a hot dog who wants to get his name in front of the cameras?

The sheriff is doing exactly what we citizens what him to do — round up illegal-alien lawbreaker scum and send them to Mexico. To say anything else is just liberal bullshit.
Wade Smith, Phoenix

Just ignore the idiot: One of the main things all the news media need to do is stop reporting on anything Arpaio does. He is a media whore, and lack of attention will speed up the departure of the crooked, old windbag.
Jerry Klipsch, city unavailable

Laugh to keep from crying, you mean: I have to laugh at [statements] that New Times tries to spin Arpaio as a corrupt lawman. Arpaio, and Arpaio alone, is responsible for his corruption.

Joe Arpaio's days as sheriff are numbered, and I cannot wait until he leaves office kicking and screaming, just as his buddy Russell Pearce soon will do.

There are 60,000 outstanding warrants that Sheriff Joe doesn't want to mess with, and the crimes against children, well, heck, he doesn't want to touch that.

As far as Arpaio is concerned, the only activity his MCSO should be involved in is chasing dishwashers and landscapers.
Gail Mokry Shoultes, city unavailable

SPEAK NOW

Try actually reading the story, Al: [Spanish immersion for white kids] isn't "all the rage," as you make it out to be ("Spanish Dip," Amy Silverman, August 4).

Many here in Arizona speak English — a language Hispanics do not wish to learn. Why do whites have to learn Spanish, yet we don't make them learn English? It's a sad state of affairs.
Al Such, Flagstaff

Nobody's making anybody learn Spanish, Lauren: It's one thing for parents to put their child in these schools. It's another thing entirely to make all kids in all schools learn it. It should be a family choice, not a government one.
Lauren Garrett, Phoenix

Um, there is no official U.S. language, Leyla: While I agree that learning a second language is an amazing idea, the fact is that English is the official language of America.

If I went to Mexico, they wouldn't teach all their children English to be able to communicate with me and my child, would they? Hell, no!
Leyla Forrest, El Mirage

Speak for yourself, Ken: Well, I hate to say it, but it's lib-tard propaganda at work again. Last time I checked, the official language of the United States is English, not Spanish.

I don't hate Spanish; I believe that those who come here should speak English. When I went to Germany, I spoke German. When I was in Mexico, I spoke Spanish. So why is it that we as Americans must speak Spanish?

Oh, yeah, I remember now, because we are all evil white people.
Ken Wittig, Phoenix

True dat (we looked it up): America has no official language. If that offends you, leave.
Kit Carson, Phoenix

Charles is okay with it: If you want to speak Spanish as a second language, I have no issues. English is the primary language in this country regardless of geographical location. As long as that statement holds up, I'm all right with this.
Charles Railing, Glendale

 
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Dumoudan
Dumoudan

If the vast majority of the 12,000,000 illegal aliens in the US leaned towards the conservative Republican agenda, would the liberals still be working toget them amnesty?

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Would someone please explain to me how we will decrease unemployment by granting amnesty to some or most of the 12,000,000 people who entered the United States by illegal means?

none
none

(It's good to see [these formerly undocumented workers paying Social Security and income taxes.) To finish this, who's social security and income taxes are they paying? With phoney id and social security number, surely not theirs.

bobunf
bobunf

Primary Language Among Latinos:

1st Generation: Spanish Dominant 72%, Bilingual 24%, English Dominant 4%2nd Generation: Spanish Dominant 7%, Bilingual 47%, English Dominant 46% 3rd+ Generation: Spanish Dominant 0%, Bilingual 22%, English Dominant 78%

The assertion that Latinos do not want to learn English is absurd and contrary to the facts. It would be more accurate to say that Latinos do not want to learn Spanish.

TeoBuneo
TeoBuneo

Al Such can keep his racist nonsense to himself. Every Mexican in this country learns English. It's too bad he has not learned Spanish. What a loser!

bobunf
bobunf

I see Joe's minions have a bunch of new avatars. Paid by us taxpayers to flatter Joe and company. And, of course, trumpet fear and hate.

The English obsession is so stupid. English is taking over the world as a second language and these characters quiver in fear and shake with hate at the idea that Americans might consider learning a second language. Or have to listen to someone speak in another language.

mrgrnjn
mrgrnjn

Also you morons this country was founded by ENGLISH SPEAKING SETTLERS so ENGLISH IS the accepted language. SPANISH IS NOT!

mrgrnjn
mrgrnjn

If we were to reverse the situation I wonder how all these illegal alien criminals would react if Americans just started invading their countries like they are invading ours? How do their home countries treat illegal aliens? SHHHH, THEY don't want to talk about things like that.

mrgrnjn
mrgrnjn

"They are only looking for a better life" YEAH at the expense of every single AMERICAN citizen. IF THEY are such great people WHY don't' they look for a better life in their own countries?

mrgrnjn
mrgrnjn

This rag is about the most pro roach paper that there ever was. THEY NEVER have any real reasons why America should allow these roaches to remain. THEY are a drain on society. The moron author says they don't suck off the government teat, THAT IS A LIE! Just go to any emergency room. Illegals use the ambulances and emergency rooms like their own private doctors. Also SO WHAT is an AMERICAN sucks up government services. THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE THERE FOR NOT FOR SOME COCKROACH FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY THAT SHOULD NOT EVEN BE HERE. Illegal aliens are vermin and should be treated as such. Since they refuse to respect Americas laws Americans need to start putting them down like rabid dogs. We must eradicate the illegal alien infestation. It is lowering the gene pool and regressing America by hundreds of years. I have yet to hear one valid argument for them to be here illegallly or to get amnesty. The best they go do is "They do the jobs Americans won't do" YEAH LIKE : construction, hotels, restaurants, factories, journalist, sherrfi,etc. WHY SHAZZAM! THERE ARE NO MORE JOBS!!!!! Illegal aliens are all criminals and should be all arrested. GO JOE! America needs for ALL citizens to belike Joe and we can drive this filthy scum back where it crawled out from!

mrgrnjn
mrgrnjn

America needs to either deport or erase all these monkeys.

mrgrnjn
mrgrnjn

"AT least they're working",. So you mean they stole the identities of American citizens so they can work? Or do they just have illegally forged documents so they can work? THEY ARE CRIMINALS! WHAT PART of illegal don't YOU understand? I would like you to provide ONE VALID REASON WHY America should reward illegal alien criminals with amnesty for coming here and breaking our laws? WHY should America treat illegal alien criminals any different than any other criminals? Is it fair to ALL the immigrants entering legally to give these roaches a free pass? DEPORT ALL ILLEGAL ALIEN SCUM! If these people are all so great WHY do they have to come here illegally? After all, THESE are great people according to you, not the peasants and criminals America makes them out to be, THEN WHY can't they make it in their own countries? Illegal is illegal, but YOU know that. All your reasons for illegal aliens to be here are lies and America is tired of it. GO HOME!

jonelle jones
jonelle jones

New Times is all about saving these criminals!!! Just because they do a story showing two or three family paying taxes and all that, but for those three there are like twenty or forty of them breaking the law!! Sorry no offense but "If you are here illegally you are breaking the law, bottom line"! If their skin tone was little darker (like black-american like me) they would have been shooting them at the border!! The sheriff has been racial profiling for years as the us black-american people who live in Phx, Az. still get harassed!!! Mexicans say they are minorities, Welcome to being a minority in Phoenix and for once they are being fair!! Go SB1070

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

mrgrnjn, you ignorant slut . . . .

mrgrnjn
mrgrnjn

illegal alien criminals can only cry racism and lie about why they deserve to be here. WE ALL know "they are looking for a better life" IS REALLY THEY are looking for a better life at the expense of American citizens. Next we also know that "they do the jobs Americans won't do" Is a lie also. LIKE: construction? NO, that contractor did not pay the fees for his license and go to school so he could be a contractor. It just sounded like a fun thing to do, he had no intention of actually using them. Or restaurants. NO, Americans don't want to work in them either even though working in restaurants is and has been part of the American culture for decades. OR hotels. NAH, Americans don't want to work in those jobs even though they were working in them long before illegal alien criminals exploded over our border. Or Factories. NO, Americans don't want to work there either. I would like to work there and I am an American. YOU would have us believe that you ALL work in the fields but first off, America does not need 20,000,000 field workers. Second America has a LEGAL (YOU might want to look the definition of that up so you understand) guest worker program to harvest the crops of which NONE of YOU ever mention. If you want to prove me wrong and that your lies are true then how about this: ALL illegal aliens go home immediately for one year and at the end of that year we will see if America is better off with or without you. Hows that sound? Fair enough? NO? NO, YOU do not want to do that. YOU know YOU do not benefit America in any way at all.

cajun60
cajun60

you dont think that dum ass sheriff you like so much is not breaking law ,go sit in bathroom an play with yourself asswipe

Coz
Coz

Bla, Bla, Bla.....

Nick
Nick

ExpertShot, You sound like a fu****** idiot. Don't you know how to get on here and give a real comment?

mrgrnjn
mrgrnjn

I forgot to include journalists, NO, Americans go to school for years and years to get a degree in journalism but they don't want to work in that field. The degree just looks pretty on their wall. And Sheriffs. I guess Americans don't want to do those jobs either. I guess that's another job Americans won't do because there sure was an illegal alien working as a sheriff in Alaska. OR is it really that YOU are telling lies and Americans REALLY WOULD WORK ANY OF THESE JOBS? I think you are telling lies. Why don't you ever issue a work challenge from the home depot parking lot? I see more illegal alien criminals looking for work there than I ever do in the fields AND I AM SURROUNDED BY FARMLAND!AMERICA, Lets just DEPORT ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS!

mrgrnjn
mrgrnjn

As long as he is removing scum like you I don't care what he does.

 
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