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- 01-03-2012, 04:44 AM #1
Sheriff Arpaio's Office, in Seeming Defiance of Judge, Arrests Five Suspected Illegal
Sheriff Arpaio's Office, in Seeming Defiance of Judge, Arrests Five Suspected Illegal Immigrants on Human-Smuggling Charges
Phoenix New Times
By Ray Stern Wed., Dec. 28 2011 at 12:25 PM
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested five men last night on suspicion of human smuggling and conspiracy, days after a federal judge's ruling on such investigations.
Looks like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, under more pressure than ever to reform his ways, is sticking to his statement that he won't stop his enforcement operations against illegal immigrants.
Arpaio, who's in Iowa stumping on behalf of presidential candidate Rick Perry, will likely comment on the arrests tomorrow, says MCSO spokesman Lieutenant Jesse Spurgin.
In a major racial-profiling lawsuit against the sheriff's office on Friday, U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow issued an order that restricts the way the sheriff's office can conduct human-smuggling investigations. Snow ruled that MCSO can't detain someone solely on the belief that the person might be in the country illegally.
The sheriff's office has been using the legal concept, (which Snow says isn't legally sound), to further its investigations on the street of immigrants suspected of smuggling themselves or others into the country.
Image: MCSO Arpaio likely won't comment on the human-smuggling arrests until tomorrow, says an MCSO spokesman.
If Snow expected this to put a temporary halt to arrests of foreign nationals on state human-smuggling charges, he was wrong.
In looking at the booking paperwork for the suspects, it appears to us that this investigation was just the sort the judge was talking about.
Arpaio had his human smuggling detectives staking out the area near the intersection of Interstate 17 and Carefree Highway last night, and they pounced when they saw a brown Chevy Astro Van with California plates that looked like it was speeding.
Deputies followed the van, noting that it traveled up to 58 mph in a 45 mph zone, and had changed lanes to exit on Carefree Highway westbound without signaling. Under these pretexts, the human smuggling detectives pulled over the van.
A deputy saw right away that a middle bench to the van had been removed and the vehicle was packed with 12 people, some lying down on the floor with no space to move freely.
The Spanish-speaking passengers were disheveled, dusty and nervous. They had no luggage.
In other words, it appeared to detectives that the group was in the country illegally.
"At this point, detectives recognized this as a human smuggling incident," a deputy wrote in court paperwork.
Based on this suspicion, they began to further investigate the possible crime of human smuggling. Isn't this method of investigation precisely what Judge Snow was talking about? Sure seems that way to us.
As you can see from one of the booking sheets below, some of the immigrants made admissions and were subsequently booked into jail -- with no-bond status recommended, due to Prop 100.
We'll check in with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau today to find out how they were involved. On December 16, ICE canceled its agreement to let county detention officers act as federal immigration oficers in Maricopa jails and announced that 50 ICE agents would be assigned to the jail to take up the slack.
Arpaio wrote in an opinion article published yesterday in USA Today that the federal government was trying to put MCSO "out of the illegal immigration enforcement business" because of politics.
It's just one more of Arpaio's silly conspiracy theories. Everyone's against him, he thinks -- from civil rights leaders to the Justice Department to judges like Snow, who was appointed by President Bush.
Busting more Mexicans, he supposes, might help convince his supporters that he's right.
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Last edited by HAPPY2BME; 01-03-2012 at 04:51 AM.U.S. Constitution - Article IV, Section 4: GUARANTEES AMERICA FROM INVASION!
- 01-03-2012, 04:49 AM #2
Joe Arpaio: We're enforcing the law
Two days after two Arizona Democrat Latino congressmen and other Democrat legislators asked me to resign, the Justice Department held a news conference detailing the summarized facts of its investigation to the media, 30 minutes after advising us of these same generalizations. We still have not received the full investigation.U.S. Constitution - Article IV, Section 4: GUARANTEES AMERICA FROM INVASION!
- 01-03-2012, 04:54 AM #3
Joe Arpaio Still Silent on Judge Murray Snow's Ruling on Human-Smuggling Investigations
published Dec 27, 2011
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio seems to have been stunned into silence by a federal court ruling intended to hamper his office's ability to conduct immigration enforcement operations.U.S.U.S. Constitution - Article IV, Section 4: GUARANTEES AMERICA FROM INVASION!
- 01-03-2012, 04:57 AM #4
Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Help Comes With Baggage, But Rick Perry Doesn’t Mind
Nick R. Martin December 27, 2011, 5:25 PM 2548 As the final days of campaigning wind down in Iowa, Rick Perry is betting that an Arizona politician who’s currently the target of civil and criminal investigations will be one of his last hopes to win over caucus goers.
The Texas governor brought Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the road in Iowa with him on Tuesday for two days of campaigning before next week’s caucuses. Trailing deep in polls, Perry is hoping the Arizona sheriff’s reputation for being tough on immigration and doing battle with the Obama administration will help him win over skeptical GOP voters.
The embrace of Arpaio, however, comes at an odd time. The sheriff has seen some of the most withering criticism of his career in recent weeks as news spread that his office botched the investigations of more than 400 sex crimes in their jurisdiction. Arpaio also remains the target of a criminal investigation by the FBI, examining whether he used his law enforcement powers to settle political scores. And most recently, on Dec. 15, the Justice Department accused the sheriff of running an agency that routinely violates the constitutional rights of Latinos.
Since picking up the sheriff’s endorsement last month, Perry has not talked publicly about the FBI’s criminal investigation or the botched sex crimes. His campaign sidestepped a question about those issues on Tuesday, instead repeating the governor’s respect for the sheriff and dismay in the Justice Department’s recent civil rights allegations.
“The Justice Department’s action smacks of politics, as do so many of the Obama Administration’s misguided actions and excuses,” campaign spokesman Ray Sullivan wrote in an email to TPM. “Governor Perry knows Sheriff Arpaio as a dedicated law enforcement professional fighting to keep his neighbors safe in the wake of federal failures to secure the border and deal with border crime.”
Arpaio’s chief political strategist, Chad Willems, said the sheriff was glad to continue supporting Perry. He said the sheriff disagrees with part of Perry’s stance on immigration, including his support of educating illegal immigrant children, but likes his message overall.
“He likes his straight talk,” said Willems, who is running the sheriff’s 2012 bid for a sixth term in office. “He just thinks he’d make a great president.”
Arpaio’s trip to Iowa also comes a week after a Latino military veteran died following an altercation with officers in one of his jails. Two law enforcement agencies are now investigating the death, which the sheriff’s critics said is more proof of discrimination against Latinos.
Willems said the sheriff isn’t worried problems like these would weigh on the Perry campaign. Asked whether it was appropriate for Arpaio to leave town in the midst of the investigation into the military veteran’s death, Willems said the sheriff was fulfilling a commitment to the governor.
“He’s a phone call away,” Willems said. “I think that Arpaio’s detractors are going to harp on just every little thing he ever does and they’re going to want to put him under a microscope.”
“That’s politics,” he added.
The thing that brought the most heat down on Arpaio in recent weeks was the federal civil rights investigation, which began more than three years ago under the administration of George W. Bush, the last Texas governor to become president. The Justice Department gave Arpaio a Jan. 4 deadline to agree to make specific changes to his agency or else he’ll be slapped with a lawsuit and possible federal takeover of his office.
Simmering below the surface of all this is the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI, which became public in January 2010 after Maricopa County officials said they had testified before a federal grand jury in Phoenix.
The focus of the grand jury’s questions, those officials said at the time, were the allegations that the sheriff was abusing his power. At one point, the sheriff said he was investigating at least 14 officials in county government, many of whom had criticized him publicly or made decisions with which he disagreed. Despite that, the grand jury has not yet returned any charges against him.
Evan McMorris-Santoro contributed to this report.
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