Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a message for the federal government: build tent cities along the U.S./Mexico border to house captured illegal immigrants rather than deport them.
Joe's suggestion comes after sheriff's deputies pulled the bodies of three illegal immigrants from an irrigation canal in the west Valley last month. One of those immigrants, the Sheriff's Office says, was a man who previously had been caught by authorities and deported back to Mexico.
According to Arpaio, a border fence simply won't do the trick.
"This tragedy underscores the extent to which many of these illegal aliens go to evade capture," America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" says in an e-mail. "If they are willing to elude capture by jumping into freezing, fast-moving water, then certainly a fence isn't likely to stop them from entering our country."
Neither will tents, Joe. Yet, that's the solution to the immigration problem the sheriff is using the death of the immigrants to pimp.
"The United States federal government should consider building tent cities across the border, lock up those who enter illegally rather than simply deport them and be more aggressive in finding and arresting illegals who have managed to make it undetected into the interior of the United States," Arpaio continues.
The bodies were found on December 22, after a sheriff's deputy made a routine traffic stop on U.S. 80. When the car came to a stop, the deputy says, he watched five people jump out and start running from the vehicle.
The five suspected illegal immigrants jumped into the nearby canal in an attempt to evade the deputy. At the time, the MCSO says, the canal's water flow was heavy.
Three of the suspects were pulled from the canal, while deputies were unable to locate the other two.
A week earlier, deputies rescued a minor from the same canal in the same general area.