There, the head of the Arizona Department of Public Safety at the time, Roger Vanderpool, set the first domino in motion, unveiling a plan to train a dozen DPS officers for the sort of immigration work usually reserved for the feds.

Under 287(g), which refers to a section of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act added in 1996, the feds and local law enforcement signed a memorandum of agreement under which the locals could enforce federal immigration law.

Perhaps it was inevitable that Napolitano's power-hungry political ally, Arpaio, also would want in on the deal.

Napolitano and Arpaio already had teamed up to pressure the feds to give Arizona more support on the immigration front. And ICE, ever eager to pump up its numbers of immigrants arrested and deported, wanted access to Arpaio's jails, the most populous in the state.

In early 2007, the deal was inked with ICE. Sixty cross-trained MCSO officers would work the jails, and Arpaio would get 100 for the streets.

Arpaio's 287(g) deputies were supposed to be used, per the agreement, for pursuing the likes of gangbangers and drug and human smugglers. But "Nickel Bag Joe." as he's known in these parts, had other ideas.

At a press conference, full of the usual Arpaio bluster, the sheriff bragged that his 287(g) men could question people about their immigration status after stopping them for "spitting on the sidewalk."

Alonzo Pena, ICE's special agent in charge, denied this was the case, when asked by reporters. But he forgot who gives the orders in Maricopa County.

"I would think," Arpaio told the Arizona Republic at the time, "once people see our cars, they will be very scared, especially if they are illegal."

True to his word, Arpaio soon frightened the hell out of the county's Latino population, to the huzzahs of Hispanic-haters nationwide.

The MCSO then targeted church parking lots where day laborers congregated and neighborhoods where brown skin was prevalent. Deputies patrolled the streets surrounding a furniture store in Phoenix where day laborers were accused of loitering.

In 2008, Arpaio began the first, full-size sweeps of large swaths of the county. There also were raids of car washes, candle makers, restaurants, landscapers, you name it.

An anti-Latino pogrom had begun, one that didn't begin to subside until last year.


What did the governor of Arizona do as Arpaio became the self-proclaimed "poster boy" for immigration enforcement, sowing fear and discord across the county?

Largely, she ignored him. And, in this case, silence truly is complicity.

In May 2008, Napolitano diverted $1.6 million that had gone to pay for MCSO patrols to a program to pursue open felony warrants. Though Arpaio pitched a fit, Napolitano's administration denied that the diversion was a commentary on the sheriff.

At that point, Napolitano was focused on her future meal ticket and her fare to D.C., Barack Obama. She was less concerned about opposing Arpaio, which is why she never supported his rival in the 2008 general election, Dan Saban. County Democrats had persuaded Saban to cross over from the Republican side, but Napolitano never helped Saban raise money, much less officially endorse him.

It never would have been politically prudent to endorse Arpaio, though Napolitano was his accomplice in myriad civil rights violations. As U.S. Attorney, she covered for Arpaio when he signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice in 1997 over the condition of his vast incarceration complex.

Deadly restraint chairs were then in use — and prisoners were getting killed in them. Brutality and denial of basic medical care were the order of the day in his gulags.

"Jail inmates are subject to the use of excessive force and use of excessive and improper mechanical restraints by jail employees," the agreement read. "And defendants fail to protect jail inmates from such actions."

It read that Arpaio and his team were "consciously aware of, but deliberately indifferent to" these conditions, and "unless restrained" by the federal court, he and his detention officers would "continue to engage in this conduct."

Despite the seriousness of the charges and the agreement, Napolitano stood next to Arpaio at a press conference and pooh-poohed the whole matter, calling the agreement a "technicality" and a "lawyer's paper."

She was asked whether the document repeated claims made in a scathing 1996 DOJ report that led to the lawsuit.

Overlooking the plain language of the document, kept from journalists until the press conference was over, Napolitano replied, "They re-allege allegations, but dismiss them."

This publication's co-owner at the time, Michael Lacey, reminded readers of this and revealed an even more disturbing allegation by Phoenix attorney Mike Manning: Napolitano was presented with evidence that Arpaio had instituted an illegal cover-up in the 1996 jail death of Scott Norberg.

The inmate had fallen victim to what Manning often refers to as a "jailers' riot." That is, Norberg was beaten by a crowd of guards before he was transferred to a restraint chair where he was asphyxiated, his larynx crushed.

Manning turned over boxes of damning information on Arpaio's organization, backing up his claim that crucial evidence in the case had been destroyed, including Norberg's larynx.

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midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Go home and fix your own country cowards. You have all this Mexican pride yet you abandon your own country and leave it in the hands of corrupt officials and drug cartels. Shame on you people. The U.S. by allowing a constant stream of illegals to come across the border allows a safety valve for the Mexican government to keep mistreating the Mexican people. They know they won't face a revolution if the disgruntled leave for the U.S. and they won't have to support their own poor if they pawn them off on the U.S. It's disgusting. We're not helping Mexicans by letting them come here, we're just enabling Mexico to get even worse for those stuck there.

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

why do american middle class college grads have $50,000 in student loan debt, while 'dreamers' receive $50,000 in Cal Grants. It just doesn't seem right to punish American kids for the crimes of the dreamers parents. It's just plain disgusting.

mpohara31
mpohara31

welcome to the land where "dreams" are made, DREAMERers. If you rely on politicians of any ilk to realize your worth, then you will invariably get what you pay for ("dream" for). Good luck in figuring that shit out. Those of us who are rightly here are still boggled about our minds concerning the smoke and mirrors. OOOhhh, but look at all the pretty colors. Just keep sending out your LEGAL kids in protest, while they ought to be in school, waving the Mexican flag - pushed from behind by the La Raza cartel. You fit right in to this shit, Just don't spend too much time paying attention to it, for your "dreams" shall then become a Hunter Thompson reality.

mexheb72
mexheb72

She is dangerous on many levels.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter


"Armed, Masked and Dangerous: the Militias of Privatization vs. the Public Good"


http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/18101-armed-masked-dangerous


"The mining company has indicated that it is going to bring back Bulletproof Securities as soon as they can get legally licensed. According azcentral.comTom Parrella, the president and CEO of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Bulletproof Securities "said his guards are properly outfitted in military camouflage uniforms and equipped with 9mm semi-automatic pistols and lightweight carbine rifles based on the threat."

berto
berto

Ethnic cleansing?  Stop, stop, I'm laughing too hard.  Next you'll throw out the obligatory DRACONIAN and JACK BOOTED and STORM TROOPERS, or were they hidden in there?

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Stealing a person's identification is not a victimless crime its fraud a felony the scum who do this should be in prison.

Nichols
Nichols

In 2003 still in the aftermath of September 11th 2001 then Arizona Attorney General Napaolitano while running for Governor had a main Campaign Radio add that said: 

 " If elected as Governor I will get more Federal Dollars for Arizona because weve got Lots of Border.."

This had nothing to do with Immigration or even Drug Cartels, Napolitano saw the Arizona Border as a potential "Gold Mine" to Fleece the Federal Government!

The Phony Border Battle was started soon after her winning the election, including National Guard to the Border.

The "Crash of the Real Estate Market", the "Foreclosure Crisis", the "Great Recession", and our new "Ballooning National Deficit" were not the worst side effects of the "Phony Border Battle", the worst part is the Millions of Human Beings both Citizen Family Members of, and good hard working un-documented Immigrants that have been "Persecuted" by what they thought was the "Greatest Nation on Earth."

This is our I.C.E.'d Economy!

"America is great because it is good, when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great."

Alex De Tocqueville

There is nothing good, or great about what has occured in America since the start of this "Ethnic Cleansing Campagn".

To: good, and Brotherhood?

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Does anyone else get the feeling motherjones is actually Stephen Lemmons ? I do

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I have a simple question for you Stephen.  What do you propose that we do with people who enter this country illegally or overstay their visas?

helpIliveinaz
helpIliveinaz

I love reading the only newspaper that seems to uncover the real deal, what is really going on , not what they feed you on the tv, thanks for excellent journalism.

Please continue to expose those in Government that are not doing what they are suppose to.

Of personal interest if the Attorney general office and what is going on there.  How much does Tom Horne keep on top of what his staff is up to ?  Some interesting things that need to be exposed.  

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

No mention of the 100,000. or so Mexicans with valid US visas who obey the law. No mention that NY, NJ, MI, IL, OH, Missouri have lost a lot of seats in the house because their population has voted with their feet. WTH, TX, CO, AZ, CA, NV, give the seats in the house you have gained since 1970, back to those who have lost them. No better way to re-populate your state than to let 10 million illegals in. Who gives a rats ass what pineapple face Gutierrez has to say, he is as racist as it gets. PNT needs some new scribes, this time hire some with more than this garbage Lemmons has to offer. peace

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Jesus Cabrera-Molina (illegal immigrant from Mexico) will be charged today with the hit and run death of officer Raetz.It's been reported Mr Molina had been recently deported back to Mexico.Mr Molino claims he is innocent that he was home asleep after spending an evening snorting cocaine and drinking beer at a friends house.Officer Raetz leaves behind a wife and 1 year old child.Talk about ripping a family apart

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

What a huge steaming pile of "journalism".


zordlyng
zordlyng

PPS

Since I had to sign up, I might as well also let you all know.

PNT is racist and race baiting,

They perpetuate they problems they pretend to champion.

If they truly wanted to help, they would focus on defining the real issues in our conflicting points of view.

But they would not exist without a controversy, their existence depends on it.

So they confuse the issues and bend the facts so people will not have civil bilateral discussion and compromise.

If you discuss the border issues honestly, you will find most people could agree on secure borders AND be pro-immigration.

But nope it all has to be about color of skin with you folk. or religion or a freakin' birthmark.

I mean WTH? We could all convince ourselves we are a minority.

Now there are people out there that you claim to represent, but I am not talking about them, I am talking about you'all at the PNT.

You are Evil or Naive, probably a little of both. You have the ability to make people come together but instead, you use them to gain more power (or maybe even just to keep your jobs). 

Racism is indeed alive and well in this Country and it is endemic in the media today (not that the PNT is really media, lol)

Ha, so how's that for hate mail


zordlyng
zordlyng

OMG! I never come to PNT anyymore, but that headline, RFLMAO!

Whoo, anyway - I did not vote for President Obama, but all was forgiven when he moved Napalitano out of AZ. I was surprised it took so long for her to be let go (I was thinking Dec 2012 myself )

And I agree her time in that office (DHS) was pitiful and embarrassing, obviously for completely different reasons.

Anyway the job at UC is gonna be up for grabs soon too, so submit your resumes now


PS all was 'unforgiven' by the ACA

fsmith3
fsmith3

Another big winner for Stephen Lemons, cutting through the B.S.


I wish we could clone him for regional papers all around the country.

bgray59
bgray59

Napolitano has faithfully executed the wishes of her Boss President Obama.  I think her resignation has little if anything to do with the issues identified by the author of this piece.

It more likely has to do with the numerous lawsuits which are winding their way through the courts which will illuminate her illegal acts, poor policies and general mismanagement.  

By removing hers from DHS the Obama Administration hopes to deflect their legal problems from them and blame Janet.  They are probably wishing that she could fly her into the Balkans and experience a Ron Brown type "accident."

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Mr Lemons exploits Hispanics and their illegal brethren His paper is free, offered at corner news racks and usually like the free Spanish news papers they sit in those racks until the next issues are restocked.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@Nichols


Redflex Promotes Highway Safety in Scottsdale

"Because of a first-of-its-kind highway speed-monitoring network from Redflex Traffic Systems, Arizona Route 101 (known as Loop 101) in Scottsdale is now significantly safer for drivers. The program follows closely on the heels of a nine-month pilot project on Loop 101 that utilized speed-trip sensors to monitor and photograph speeders without the need for an on-site police officer.

Drivers exceeding the posted speed limit are photographed by cameras, and the photos are then reviewed by city officials to ensure the legitimacy of each ticket before a citation is issued. During the course of the pilot project, Redflex technology documented dangerous speeders traveling on Loop 101, including one ticket issued for speed in excess of 140 miles per hour.

The initial pilot project resulted in a reduction in speeding and sideswipe crashes, as well as injuries resulting from this type of collision. Economic benefits tied to the program included $10.5 million in annual savings thanks to a decrease in medical expenses, lost wages, and decreased productivity. Study results originated from the collaborative research and implementation efforts of the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. In light of the results of the study, Arizona governor Janet Napolitano urged Scottsdale to resume the freeway speed enforcement program until Arizona can complete a statewide strategic review. In written communications, Governor Napolitano said, “After reading the results, I believe we cannot afford to keep the Scottsdale cameras off in light of their benefits to law enforcement and public safety.


For more information, click here, and insert number 40 in the box on the Reader Service Number response service."

http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=print_display&article_id=1219&issue_id=72007


Question: How many memos has she written using the words "public safety" like others use the "race card'?


john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@helpIliveinaz might want to try getting yesterdays sunday a.z.republic news paper and read the front page headline.

hapstone2
hapstone2

@royalphoenix Oh Oh Ph I love it when you do that !! The ole "hater' play - that's what a child says to its parents when you tell them to go to bet !! "You hate me !! Wheee  I love it !! Hate me patriot :o)) ...  hate me !!

helpIliveinaz
helpIliveinaz

has anyone checked to see if this jesus carera molina had any outstanding warrants??

chasity.a
chasity.a

@john043012 Tragic and I hope he gets life, but he doesn't represent all those here undocumented.  An Indianapolis POLICE OFFICER ON DUTY was driving his cruiser and plowed into a motorcycle killing the driver......why don't you mention that? Or the hate crimes against those of color?  Or the murder of Trayvon Martin?  

MotherJones
MotherJones

@john043012 Talk about ripping a family apart...these white people are sickos. Who let them into the country?

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2013/07/joe_arpaio_mcso_detention_officer_arrested_sexual_assault.php#more

A detention officer at one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jails is accused of violating a woman with a baseball bat, pepper-spraying her vagina, sticking a gun in her mouth, and more.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, William Glen Edmond -- identified in court filings as an employee of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office -- admitted to some of the allegations against him.

See also:
Cops: One of Joe Arpaio's Jail Guards Stabbed His Own Father Six Times

According to the documents, the 29-year-old victim, whom we won't identify, called Avondale police to her apartment last week to report that Edmond assaulted her.

Edmond "used a wrestling hold on her," removed her pants and underwear, and inserted a "wooden souvenir bat" into her vagina, the woman said.

Edmond then got in the shower after having sex with the woman, and the woman left. When she came back, Edmond was pointing a .40-caliber handgun toward her and ended up ripping off her necklace, tearing her shirt, and breaking her cellphone, according to the documents.

The woman's three children were standing by the woman during this.

helpIliveinaz
helpIliveinaz

maybe if napolitano was getting raped daily she would order them shot.

jist , and they think this ended with no one hurt?

good post, dont let people forget the major screw ups they want to sweep under the rug.

helpIliveinaz
helpIliveinaz

every hear of advertising?

I would gladly pay for it.    actually in my area they go pretty fast. people like writers with guts.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@john043012, I'm so tired of reading about ignorant like U, mentioning Hispanics and "their illegal brethren", in case that U R from EURO descent, U should do some research, U might be surprised to find out that the "Illegals" R those who came crossing the ocean on ships ridled with deceases, mostly criminals and mostly illiterate people that came INVADING this side of the world, set up shop and who knows under what authority claim 2 B here legally.RESEARCH IS A MUST.

hapstone2
hapstone2

@MotherJones @john043012 Just suppose for a moment that they had as is available in Mexico gotten a visa and entered the country legally ... do you think we'd be having this conversation ... ?? Ever give that any thought? 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@IdontRecall  

Do you understand the difference between Native American and Hispanic?

By the way, when somebody uses "U" and "R" as words, I automatically assume that they're educated to about the 8th grade level (even if they managed to get a diploma) and their comments, so far, have always supported that assumption.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@IdontRecall Wow you are a wealth of knowledge and after reading your non bias history lesson I can now understand why Mexican's feel they are entitled to whatever a reasonable person would agree we owe a tremendous gratitude towards all Hispanic's regardless of where they come from. I think it would be a kind gesture and a rightful thing to do that all Europeans pack up and go back to where ever they came from and hand over all their money and possessions to the rightful owner's ,mexican's

MotherJones
MotherJones

@hapstone2 @MotherJones @royalphoenix 

Nativist troll. Hater. Bigot. Prejudiced a-hole. Racist. SOB. Bottom feeder.  Jerk. Dumb cracker. Take your pick, they all apply to you.

Too bad we can't send you POS losers to Mexico and keep the Mexicans in exchange. They work harder than you, they're better Americans, and their kids are all better educated than your white trash ass. 

hapstone2
hapstone2

@MotherJones @hapstone2 @royalphoenix ohhhh I didn't realize you had a divinity degree - spotting those haters -  That has always been a source of amusement to me - haters LOL  most grow out of that kind of sh** around 15 maybe 16 - ooooh haters  ... :o)) 

MotherJones
MotherJones

@john043012 @MotherJones And you don't have an agenda? Give me a break. I'll bet you've got an agenda, a white sheet, a 15 foot cross and a gallon of gasoline ready to go. Right, peckerwood?

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@MotherJones Like I said before you are someone with a wealth of knowledge on this subject however you seem to miss my point but that's ok I understand that you have an agenda an idea that soon illegal immigrants will be accepted that we citizens will owe a debt of gratitude to them after all its America's fault that the people of circumstance are having such a hard time.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@john043012 @MotherJones White people commit crimes, plenty. In federal prisons, about 40 percent of inmates are white. 74 percent of all inmates there are citizens. In state prisons, Hispanic make up about 15.9 percent of the population. Whites 40 percent. If we could just get rid of all these criminal white citizens, our crime stats would plummet!

hapstone2
hapstone2

You even speak Spanish peter pounder or do you just follow them around with your finger in a belt loop  ... And I just adore your  Rahhhhcisisss naselly snivel -- you dumb ass you are importing 11 million hillbillies - where in the hell do you think they are coming from  ... with friends like you they don't need any more enemies ...You are aiding and abetting an ethnic cleansing you fool ... 

Look moron study the drop out rates for high school and college annually - and then add 11mill and then add again all the low skilled emigres from other countries to that and answer me one damn question - where are they going to work? And with the ethnic hiring regulation - where are YOU going to work? Who will pay their medical who will feed them. How many damn taco bells do you think there are?

Not only that where are they going to live - you're a slum lord you idiot!! You live in the desert we already have a water crisis - where's all the water coming from? Less water less food production. That's happening right now in Ca. 

Much better off? How?  YOU  are going to be paying out the ass for this not me !! There are only so many "rich" you can fleece - the rest will come right out of your kids mouth and off their backs and off their feet !! Nice work Dad. When it hits that point your going to be older less desirable in the work place ...  good luck !! ... there won't be any more hey amigo!!

MotherJones
MotherJones

@hapstone2 @MotherJones @john043012 

I feel the same way about racist a-holes like you. Why do we need ignorant, white trash hillbillies like you? I wish Mexico or anyplace would take you and keep you. We can do fine without you. Much better off.

hapstone2
hapstone2

@MotherJones Auto Makers Spur $3 Billion Boom for Made in Mexico Steel .... 

There some local work - save them the long walk ... how come they can't work there -? Whats wrong with these Mexican MJ ? Hell they pass by 100 of manufacturing plants big ass plants ... tube lick - why not work there - why not work on the infra- structure - roads brides improvements - WTH Hell Mexican unemployment sits at 4+% ... 
- whats wrong  with THESE Mexicans MJ that Mexico doesn't want them?  

 @hapstone2 @john043012  

hapstone2
hapstone2

@MotherJones @hapstone2 @john043012 

Well if I want to go to mexico - and I dare you to go there without one - walk in and try and takeover - see how that works for ya ... (lil scared sh**less about Mexican jails - you should be guedo ) 

I get a Visa before entering Mexico - except when I had a work visa ...now that works real well and we respect it and get it done (lot of mordida)  ... 

ask yourself  - isn't that a  Mexican problem ... maybe that has to be worked out over  there instead of over here ... 

and yes we can send them back but Mexico doesn't seem to want them - is there something defective about  this kind of Mexican we're not being told?  

MotherJones
MotherJones

@hapstone2 @MotherJones @john043012 Most folks who are here and undocumented have obtained a visa, usually tourist, and overstay. Your point? No it's not that easy. If it were, people would not risk their lives crossing the desert to get here. There's a cap on employment based visas. Make the process easier, and then people will come legally. Simple as that.

 
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