Feathered Bastard

Obama's 287(g) Move Bogus, Activists Call on Feds to Cut Ties with Arizona

I'd have no problem with Governor Jan Brewer's whining like a stuck javelina about the Obama administration's jerking 287(g) agreements with Arizona, and promising to not pick up, or answer questions about every brown person 'Zona cops pull over. That is, if either her kvetching or the administration's move were credible.

Sadly, as I recently blogged and columnized, Brewer's claim that President Obama is declaring "war" on Arizona and "abandoning" the state is ankle-deep hogwash. 

Are there any fewer Border Patrol agents in this state? Has the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix shuttered its windows? 

Have 287(g) jail agreements been cut in Sand Land? Are 15 Arizona counties no longer participating in ICE's Secure Communities program, which identifies illegal aliens after they are arrested and booked?

The answer to all the questions above is, "No."

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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