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    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has ratcheted up his attack on illegal immigrants in recent weeks, using federally trained deputies to arrest dozens of undocumented day laborers and corn vendors.

    Word of the arrests has spread like wildfire through the immigrant population, driving some undocumented workers out of Arizona and raising concerns that crimes against illegal immigrants and others will go unreported because of deportation fears.

    The arrests in Cave Creek, Queen Creek, Maryvale and, most recently, on Monday outside a furniture store on East Thomas Road in Phoenix are the latest effort in Arpaio's 18-month campaign to crack down on illegal immigration in the county.

    The campaign has included the arrests of smugglers and the migrants who pay to be brought into the country illegally, as well as special training so that deputies can enforce federal immigration laws. There also is a controversial hotline Arpaio launched to let the public report illegal immigrants or smuggling activity.

    Arpaio said the crackdown has helped disrupt smuggling operations in the Valley, a major hub for transporting illegal immigrants from the border into the U.S. It has uncovered numerous drophouses and helped capture violent criminals who had been deported.

    But it is the arrests of at least 49 day laborers and corn vendors that have raised the most concern from immigrant advocates. The arrests have come just as the state's new employer-sanctions law is taking root, adding to a climate of fear and distrust within the immigrant population, they say.

    Arpaio will be in charge of enforcing the sanctions law in Maricopa County when it takes effect Jan. 1, requiring employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of new hires or risk being put out of businesses if caught knowingly hiring illegal workers.

    The crackdown also comes at a time when local officials across the country are launching similar crackdowns in the wake of Congress' failure to pass immigration reform.

    The crackdown has intensified even as Valley police chiefs, citing limited resources, have resisted mounting public pressure to enforce immigration laws, which is usually the job of the federal government.

    So far, the crackdown has netted more than 1,058 undocumented immigrants on state and federal charges. More than 200 of those arrests have come in the past six weeks.


    'I never back down'
    "When I make a decision, I go full force. I never back down, and I make it a top (priority)," Arpaio said.

    The crackdown began in March 2006, after County Attorney Andrew Thomas said that undocumented immigrants as well as smugglers could be charged with felonies. It was a controversial interpretation of new state law aimed at cracking down on smuggling organizations.

    Of the 1,058 illegal immigrants arrested by deputies, 709 were charged under the smuggling law, including 88 coyote suspects and 621 illegal immigrants charged as co-conspirators by paying a smuggler to bring them into the country illegally.

    Arpaio remains the only law-enforcement official in the state to arrest both illegal immigrants and smugglers under the law. The arrests have withstood legal challenges in state court but still face a federal challenge.

    In February, Arpaio sought an accord with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to help enforce federal immigration laws. The pact authorized the training of 100 deputies to arrest illegal immigrants who pose a national-security or public-safety threat and 60 jail officers to process for deportation the foreign-born inmates booked into the jail.

    So far, those trained deputies have arrested more than 349 illegal immigrants out of the 1,058. In addition, trained jail deputies have put immigration holds on an additional 4,644 foreign-born inmates, a move that could lead to deportations.

    Alonzo Peña, special agent in charge of ICE investigations in Phoenix, said none of the operations conducted by Arpaio's deputies have violated the terms of the agreement with ICE. Arpaio must clear all operations beforehand with ICE officials to make sure they comply with the mission to assist federal agents with the arrest of illegal immigrants involved with drug trafficking, immigrant smuggling, gang activity and more.

    "If you are using our authority, it's not just to round up corn vendors and day laborers," he said. "He's not doing this in a vacuum. We knew of all these operations. We approve of all these operations," though in some cases modifications have been made.

    In July, Arpaio also launched the controversial hotline that critics contend invites racial-profiling. Arpaio has advertised the hotline on 24 billboards posted on the sides of department-owned trucks. The billboards say, "Do not illegally enter. Help Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio fight illegal immigration."

    The crackdown, however, has drawn praise and criticism. Supporters say he is the only law-enforcement chief in the Valley willing to navigate the political minefield of arresting illegal immigrants.

    "He's willing to acknowledge that local law enforcement has a legitimate and proactive role in combating illegal immigration," said Thomas, Arpaio's ally. "It's politically incorrect to engage local law enforcement in the fight against illegal immigration. For our trouble, we have been picketed, sued, vilified in the media and threatened."

    Randy Pullen, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party and an outspoken critic of illegal immigration, said he believes other Valley law-enforcement officials are bowing to political pressure from Democratic-controlled city councils and special-interest groups as well as the large and fast-growing Latino population.

    "I think that's part of it. But what part of the Hispanic community are they afraid of upsetting? Not the legal ones," Pullen said.


    'A red herring'
    Valley police chiefs argue that limited resources should be used to arrest criminals, not migrants whose only offense is being in the country illegally.

    "That's a red herring," Pullen said. "They already spend 80 to 90 percent of their resources on misdemeanor offenses that are no different than immigration misdemeanors."

    Critics, meanwhile, say Arpaio is arresting illegal immigrants to grab headlines and capitalize on the public's frustration with Congress' failure to pass immigration reform.

    "He's more concerned with grandstanding and media attention than he is with placing violent criminals behind bars," said Peter Schey, executive director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Foundation. The California-based organization is suing to stop Arpaio from arresting undocumented immigrants as conspirators under the state's anti-smuggling law.

    Others accuse Arpaio of overstepping the bounds of the agreement with ICE by using federally trained deputies to round up undocumented day laborers and corn vendors. ICE, however, says the sheriff is operating within his rights.

    "Sheriff Arpaio is doing immigration raids under the guise of enforcing the law," said day-labor advocate Salvador Reza, one of 25 mostly Hispanic community leaders who held a news conference Monday to denounce the arrests.

    As a result, migrants are now afraid to call police to report crimes out fear they could be deported, he said

    "Instead of getting rid of criminals, they are giving them safe haven because no one is going to call police," Reza said.

    Dick White, president of the Valley Interfaith Project, a network of churches and faith-based groups, said undocumented immigrants living in a north Phoenix neighborhood recently learned a registered sex offender was living nearby. But the migrants were afraid to contact police to see what kind of threat the man posed. Instead, the migrants contacted their priest.

    "All of us who don't have papers, we are afraid," said Nora, 40, one of the migrants.(She asked that her last name not be used because she is undocumented.)

    Some undocumented workers say they are afraid to drive because of Arpaio's crackdown. Others say they are considering leaving the state, which, advocates say, could hurt the economy.

    Arpaio said that indicates his crackdown, aimed at deterring illegal immigration, is working.

    "If you say they are leaving, I have accomplished my mission," Arpaio said.

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    • #3
      ...raising concerns that crimes against illegal immigrants and others will go unreported because of deportation fears.
      ...
      As a result, migrants [aka ILLEGAL aliens] are now afraid to call police to report crimes out fear they could be deported, he said.
      So more police resources can be devoted to US citizens, who should have priority anyway.

      Some undocumented workers [aka ILLEGAL aliens] say they are afraid to drive because of Arpaio's crackdown.
      This is a major success. I am sick of worrying about being hit by an uninsured driver; I wish our sheriff would try something like this.

      Others say they are considering leaving the state, which, advocates say, could hurt the economy.
      Yes, the resistance to deporting illegal immigrants has allowed the economy to become dependent on them. It's time to turn that around NOW instead of making the situation worse by allowing it to continue.

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      • #4
        The illegal immigration problem would be much closer to solution if there were more public officials with Sheriff's Arpaio's "guts".

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        • #5
          This guy has to get more press than any other sherriff in the U.S. I wonder how long before he runs for Senate? He'd win in a heartbeat.

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          • #6
            I do not understand why there is a problem with arresting ILLEGALs. After all their name says its all.
            Last edited by pileosnafu; 10-17-2007, 03:32 PM.

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            • #7
              That's AWESOME! Way to GO JOE!!!!

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              • #8
                Way to go Joe, Let's run this man for president!

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                • #9
                  I can only imagine what life would be like if Joe was my boss....

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                  • #10

                    We could use a guy like Joe Arpaio here in VA. Prince William County's board of supervisors voted late last night to "deny" certain government services to illegals. While it was pretty much a symbolic gesture, it did at least draw more attention to the issue. It also brought out a very large, vocal group of "opponents" who keep trying to say that they fear it will drive illegals out of the county. (And what would be so bad about that?)

                    I have a great idea. Send them all over to Fairfax.


                    We in VA have more than our share of illegals lately, and it seems as though our good commonwealth has become a border state.


                    I have noticed that billboard and radio advertising for our upcoming state- and county-level elections are mentioning illegal immigration more and more often than ever before. Candidates are not even mentioning being Democrats or Republicans, but seem to take more joy in bashing their opponent as "soft on illegals" -- no matter where they might stand on other vital issues.

                    Maybe it is not too late and people are finally waking up!!

                    The comments above reflect my personal opinion as a private citizen, ordinary motorist and all-around good guy.

                    The aforementioned advice should not be construed to represent any type of professional opinion, legal counsel or other type of instruction with regard to traffic laws, judicial proceedings or official agency policy.

                    ------------------------------------------------

                    "Ignorance on fire is hotter than knowledge on ice."

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                    • #11
                      The man definitely has my respect!
                      "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by xraodcop View Post

                        Critics, meanwhile, say Arpaio is arresting illegal immigrants to grab headlines and capitalize on the public's frustration with Congress' failure to pass immigration reform.
                        It sounds to me like someone is jealous because someone else is doing what they can't... or won't. I doubt he's looking for publicity for it (although it can't be ruled out either)... but it always seems like when someone is doing some good they get bad publicity.. and EVERYONE has a critic.

                        I'm 110% supportive of it... if our government won't do anything about it why can't someone who DOES have the power to do it? His deputies are trained and ICE supports it... so I don't understand the hubbub.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by VA Dutch View Post

                          We could use a guy like Joe Arpaio here in VA. Prince William County's board of supervisors voted late last night to "deny" certain government services to illegals. While it was pretty much a symbolic gesture, it did at least draw more attention to the issue. It also brought out a very large, vocal group of "opponents" who keep trying to say that they fear it will drive illegals out of the county. (And what would be so bad about that?)

                          I have a great idea. Send them all over to Fairfax.


                          We in VA have more than our share of illegals lately, and it seems as though our good commonwealth has become a border state.


                          I have noticed that billboard and radio advertising for our upcoming state- and county-level elections are mentioning illegal immigration more and more often than ever before. Candidates are not even mentioning being Democrats or Republicans, but seem to take more joy in bashing their opponent as "soft on illegals" -- no matter where they might stand on other vital issues.

                          Maybe it is not too late and people are finally waking up!!
                          They all love to run off the immigration issue, yet when it comes time to actually act they cower in fear.

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                          • #14
                            And meanwhile, the largest Agency in the State (PHX. P.D.) is doing nothing.....Anyone think politics ISN'T involved?

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                            • #15
                              Way to go, Joe!

                              There are some good men in politics, they just don't get the party support it apparently takes to make the general public notice them in today's political climate.
                              I miss you, Dave.
                              http://www.odmp.org/officer/20669-of...david-s.-moore

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