Update 5: Sheriff Joe on Americas Newsroom; Videos fixed:Pt 3 & 4 of Sheriff Joe presser added; DHS batting 1000: awards 1 million in firefighting funds to..ACORN! DHS strips Maricopa County Sheriffs of their 287G agent status: Sheriff Joe Press Conference..
Nice work Janet! Our former Arizona Governor, now head of DHS, strips our county sheriffs of their 287G authority. Way to keep the borders open…Our previous posts on the program, and ACORN, Rev Al Sharpton and Holder’s politicized attempts to end it here.
Sheriff Joe, as always, pulls no punches. He says this is purely political, he backs that up with evidence, they have finally gotten the DHS Audit report (from back channels) MCSO got an A+ and they are still the only agency having their agent status stripped away. Sheriff Joe makes it clear the WH is playing politics with local law enforcement and the safety of Arizonans and ALL AMERICANS as they leave our border wide open.
Sheriff Joe is represented by the former head of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Dept. He got the complaint opened of the much reported ; FBI investigations for profiling’ CNN et al covered. One complaint was filed on Sheriff Joe with the FBI AZ AIC , it was filed by Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon (see our April 2008 post of MCSO Deputies saying ‘Mayor Gordon shut up. How dare you call us racist!?!’)
Recall it was Bertha Lewis and ACORN who got this ball rolling,. At whose instructions I wonder?? Who has an interest in our illegal population dropping 30% as they prepare amnesty for a presumed permanent voting bloc? Yeah exactly. Again politics ahead of national security in Team TOTUS.
AZ brave MCSO has MiM’s full support. Sheriff Joe is our sheriff and we are proud of him. He is currently enjoying his fifth term here and has wonderful approval ratings.
Courtesy of AZGOPCommunication
*Tom Petty courtesy of the 333redwaster
Update 4: The Corner notes the 1 mill ‘firefighting’ grant to ACORN is now frozen:
From The Hill:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday announced it would halt its $1 million fire prevention grant to ACORN — a decision Republican lawmakers have since praised.
The Department of Homeland Security initially earmarked the money for ACORN before House and Senate lawmakers mobilized to cut the group’s access to federal dollars. But news of the award emerged much later, after the ACORN furor had subsided.
Update 3: Part III of Sheriff’s Joe presser yesterday, the Q/A:
Update 2: DHS awarded 1 million in firefighting grant funds to ACORN. DHS is totally off the rails of the Crazy Train. I would rather have OZZY run it than Napolitano if she is so WEAK she wont protect the border and doles out grant funds to corrupt vote garnering organizations
Nearly $1 million in Homeland Security funding typically earmarked for fire departments has been awarded to ACORN, despite a clear signal from Congress that it intends to cut off federal funding to the embattled group.
The grant to ACORN’s Louisiana office became public on Oct. 2, less than three weeks after the House and Senate voted to cut off ACORN funding after employees were caught on video advising a fake prostitute and pimp on scams.
It was one of only three such grants issued to the state and made up almost 80 percent of the firefighting money earmarked for Louisiana, prompting one of the U.S. senators from the state to demand that the funds be taken back.
“I request that you rescind this grant based on a history of abuse of federal dollars by ACORN and their clear lack of expertise in this area,” said Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican….
Update: WSJ covers:
The Obama administration is curbing the powers of an Arizona sheriff who has led one of the most contentious fights against illegal immigrants.
Under an agreement involving local enforcement of federal immigration law, Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies will no longer have the authority to arrest suspected illegal immigrants in the streets in the course of their duty……Unlike others participating in the program, Mr. Arpaio will be restricted to determining the immigration status of inmates booked into Maricopa County jails. Vincent Picard, an ICE spokesman in Phoenix, declined to comment. ICE is a unit of the Department of Homeland Security.
…Since February 2007, Mr. Arpaio has arrested about 30,000 illegal immigrants who were booked into jails in his county…”They took away my authority on the streets. That doesn’t matter because I will still pursue illegals on the streets of Maricopa utilizing the authority I have as the elected official,” Mr. Arpaio said Tuesday in an interview…
Update: Americans support local law enforcement checking immigration status during traffic stops; meanwhile in Bizarro World Justice Dept to kill 287G program due to mythical ‘racial profiling’….Sheriff Joe just says no..
Update: Rasmussen recent results show Americans WANT 287g enforcement by local cops:
The police chiefs who spoke out recently indicated a desire to get local law enforcement out of the immigration business. However, 73% of voters want cops to check the immigration status of all offenders during traffic stops. Sixty-seven percent (67%) also say that if law enforcement officers know of places where immigrants gather to find work, they should sometimes conduct surprise raids to identify and deport those who are here illegally.
On another point, the police chiefs recommended that illegal immigrants should be integrated into the legal system, “possibly with driver’s licenses.” However, 77% of voters nationwide oppose drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants. That topic tripped up Hillary Clinton in a debate during the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, has taken a different approach and has aggressively enforced immigration laws. While his efforts have prompted a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation, the sheriff remains popular in his home state. Most Arizona voters not only support his policies, but 58% say he has been good for the state’s image. On a personal basis, Arpaio is viewed favorably by 68% of Arizona voters…
More from the polling:
…Sixty-six percent (66%) of likely voters nationwide say it is Very Important for the government to improve its enforcement of the borders and reduce illegal immigration. Just 32% of America’s Political Class agree.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters nationwide say that those who knowingly hire illegal immigrants should be punished. By a 48% to 36% margin, voters say the same about landlords who rent to illegal immigrants.
The biggest point of disconnect between voters and the conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C. has to do with priorities. Almost always in Washington, the debate begins with a focus on how to address the status of illegal immigrants. To voters, that is a secondary concern. Controlling the borders is a top concern. That hasn’t changes since the 2006 immigration legislation collapsed when the U.S. Senate surrendered to public opinion. During that debate, a New York Times/CBS poll found that 69% believed illegal immigrants should be prosecuted and deported.
What is often lost in the shuffle of the debate over immigration reform is that once the borders are controlled, most Americans favor a welcoming immigration policy provided it is done within the law. Republicans are more supportive than Democrats of such a policy. Overall, by a 55% to 27% margin, Americans favor a policy goal that would welcome everyone except criminals, national security threats and welfare dependants.
Also, while nearly a third of Americans are angry about the immigration issue, they are not angry at the immigrants. They are angry at the federal government….
UPDATE: Sheriff Joe subpoenas ACORN: Video mashup with Congressional Hearing on 287G and the need to maintain it…Joe Arpaio Responds To Sharpton/Acorn Call For Him To Resign
(Note: Above video from April, when witchhunts and hearings began( at whose request??) and leading to ACORN’s Bertha Lewis as well as Rev Al Sharpton coming to Phoenix in June and throwing down the race card on our Sheriffs Office with an assist from Phoenix Mayor and DEM tool Phil Gordon)
Big Dawg defends Americans, disagrees with Carter: Just caught Pt II of Maria Bartiromo’s interview with the Big Dawg on CNBC. She asked him about Jimmy Carter’s comment, He said he agrees with the President (Obama via Gibbs comments that this is not race based) on this and that Obama has to win the healthcare arguments on the merits. He said people want to be able to disagree. He noted people objected to his (Clinton’s) healthcare plan too, and that Obama got a majroity of the vote and had high approval ratings. He said he believes Americnas have moved beyond that (racism) and are in the 21st Century. Thank you Big Dawg!
Update 9/18/09: BWAAAHAAAA!! KARMIC BACKLASH!! Sheriff Joe has subpoenaed ACORN now to get proof they are the instigators of the frivolous profiling lawsuits and the orchestrated campaign against him from Justice! no doubt!! Recall our posts on Bertha Lewis and Al Sharpton on Lou Dobbs maligning Sheriff Joe..see here and here RIGHTEOUS! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF! REAP THE WHIRLWIND BABY!
Via BigGovernment.com a quote from the HuffPo piece (which you will note is replete with spelling errors, including Sheriff Joe’s name, they must be losin it!):
Phoenix, Arizona — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio issued subpoenas against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) late Thursday in relation to a civil rights lawsuit that Arpaio believes ACORN helped instigate against him.
For months, Arpaio and ACORN have been at odds over immigration enforcement conducted by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) under 287(g) agreements with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Earlier this year, ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis demanded that Arpaio step down. Then in June, she and Reverand Al Sharpton traveled to Phoenix to protest against Arapio.
Regarding that visit to Phoenix, Arpaio says, “With all the recent revelations about ACORN, it wouldn’t surprise me that they paid for Sharpton’s visit and are funding the protesters outside my office, and I’ll bet they are funding this frivolous lawsuit.”(…)
UPDATE: Mashup with Congressional Hearing Testimony that NO PROOF of racial profiling in jurisdictions using 287G was EVER shown and how imperative it is we maintain 287G since we do not have enough ICE officers, Phoenix is America’s capitol of kidnapping.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio went on Neil Cavuto to respond to Al Sharpton and Acorn’s call for him to resign.
Back in the saddle again: AZ Illegal Immigration enforcement bill passes legislature, to Gov. Brewer for signature…
We covered this legislation when it passed the State Senate here. It has now passed the state House and goes to Brewer to sign.
We have covered the Obama rollback of Sheriff Joe’s 287G enforcement authorities here.
This legislation helps restore and clarify that Sheriff Joe is indeed carrying out the laws of Arizona when he is enforcing illegal immigration violations.
WSJ has it:
Arizona lawmakers on Tuesday passed one of the toughest pieces of immigration-enforcement legislation in the country, which would make it a violation of state law to be in the U.S. without proper documentation.
It would also grant police the power to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being illegal.
…Under the measure, passed Tuesday by Arizona’s lower house, after being passed earlier by the state Senate, foreign nationals are required to carry proof of legal residency….
…The bill is different from an earlier version, giving protections for church and community organizations from criminal prosecution for transporting or harboring illegal immigrants.
In a statement, Tuesday Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) called the measure “a comprehensive immigration enforcement bill that addresses the concerns of our communities, constituents and colleagues.”
“This updated version gives our local police officers the tools they need to combat illegal immigration, while protecting the civil rights of citizens and legal residents.”…
…The bill in some ways toughens up a situation that the Obama administration had tried to roll back. Under a program known as 287g, some local law enforcement agencies were trained to enforce federal immigration laws by checking suspects’ immigration status.
Mr. Arpaio, the Maricopa county sheriff, had been one of the most aggressive enforcers of 287g. However, the Obama administration in recent months has sought to scale back that program, and had reduced the resources it made available to Mr. Arpaio’s office and others.
Sheriff Joe can get comfy being back in the saddle again enforcing the law…
Well I am all for him. The Justice Department is all over the Sheriff like a cheap suit on a single complaint, one, making a Federal Case out of it, literally. Apparently they don’t want law enforcement to LOOK for illegal immigrants anywhere, not at work sites, not in Latino neighborhoods. No word on where exactly they Do think the MCSO should be looking. I think we all get the idea, they don’t want us enforcing that particular set of laws. That worked so well in California. They revoked our MCSO 287G ICE enforcement authority so the Sheriff is operating under our state law, which we the people voted on. Arizonans are aware we need someone to enforce our state laws over the objections of the Federales, and that is evident in this polling. See our previous posts on Sheriff Joe Arpaio here. Go Joe!
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the Republicans’ best shot at holding onto the Arizona governorship in 2010 against likely Democratic candidate Terry Goddard.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Arizona voters finds Arpaio, famed for his crackdowns on illegal immigrants, leading Goddard, the state’s current attorney general, by 12 points – 51% to 39%. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
Embattled incumbent Republican Jan Brewer, who stepped up to the governorship from secretary of state when Janet Napolitano became secretary of Homeland Security, trails Goddard by nine points – 44% to 35%. In that match-up, nine percent (9%) like another candidate. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure whom they’ll vote for.
Another possible GOP candidate, State Treasurer Dean Martin, is in a virtual tie with Goddard. The Democrat beats Martin 40% to 38%, with 11% opting for some other candidate and another 11% undecided.
Of the four, Brewer is the only announced candidate so far.