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Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. Known for being a publicity hound and for supporting immigration enforcement. The latter has made him a target of open or loose borders proponents such as Janet Napolitano, Isabel Garcia, Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon, and the like.

Last modified Dec 28, 2009
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Brave New Foundation, Rachel Maddow think you're gullible (FAIR, immigration, SB1070) - 04/25/12

... video where they have Sheriff Joe Arpaio saying: "They call you KKK, they did me, I think it's an honor, right?" If you interpret that as Greenwald wants you to, I'm the Wallet Inspector. First, Greenwald is leaving of the end of that quote. Immediately after that, Arpaio said "It means we're doing something" [4]. Clearly, Arpaio isn't saying he's a supporter or anyway involved in that group. He...

DOJ investigation claims Sheriff Joe Arpaio engaged in "unconstitutional policing" (immigration, Arizona, Maricopa County) - 12/15/11

... Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has concluded with a report claiming that Arpaio engaged in "unconstitutional policing" and unreasonably targeted Latinos. You can read the report here, and make sure and see my notes below. First, from the New York Times writeup by Marc Lacey (link): After an investigation that lasted more than three years, the civil rights division of the Justice...

DOJ sues Joe Arpaio over civil rights investigation documents - 09/02/10

... Department of Justice has sued Joe Arpaio - sheriff of Maricopa County - claiming that he's obstructed their investigation into possible racial profiling. This is, needless to say, the Obama administration's latest attack on Arizona in an attempt to prevent states from doing the job the federal government won't do: try to reduce illegal immigration. And, those attacks are preventable if people...

Mexican flag, Cuban flag with Che fly at protest against Arizona immigration law - 07/30/10

... tried unsuccessfully to prevent Joe Arpaio from conducting a planned crime sweep. The attached video is from the Phoenix protest and includes a large Mexican flag and a large Cuban flag - with Che Guevara's image - at the front of the protest. From this: Hundreds of people representing more than 30 labor unions traveled to Phoenix from Los Angeles to be part of a protest against Arizona's new...

Arizona helped deport 26,000 illegal aliens under 287g (Arpaio, Maricopa County) - 07/28/10

... Associated Press article, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona helped deport more than 26,000 illegal aliens under the 287g program. That's of course without that state's new immigration law, which is set to take effect tomorrow. Maricopa was responsible for about one-quarter of all those deported under 287g (115,841 total); 64 local agencies are part of the 287g program. Also: Joanne...

Sharron Angle goes after Reid on issues outside his control, won't press hard on immigration - 07/23/10

... state should have a sheriff like Joe Arpaio" and "go Arizona go" (referring to their new law). She, of course, supports secure the border but so does everyone else. She also says our legal immigration system needs to be streamlined; finding out exactly what she would do would definitely be of interest. Of illegal aliens, she says "it's time for them to go home". Asked how she'd do that, she...

Michael Lacey underwriting Mexican government-linked ACLU suit against Arizona (Village Voice Media) - 05/06/10

... conjunction with reporting they did on Joe Arpaio and have had other run-ins. This should taint all their future coverage of this issue, and every time one of their papers writes about the Arizona law point out in comments not just that they're funding the ACLU's suit but that the ACLU is directly collaborating with the Mexican government (see their name's link above).

Alessandra Soler Meetze lies about Arizona immigration law (ACLU of Arizona, +Dolores Huerta) - 04/29/10

... expedition, they choose to go after Joe Arpaio for something unrelated to profiling. And, one wouldn't expect the assistant secretary for ICE to have defended Arpaio against claims that he profiles. Further, citizens wouldn't have to carry their "papers" (a not-so-subtle breaking of Godwin's Law) all the time; native-born citizens won't raise "reasonable suspicion", and those who've gone through...

Luis Gutierrez *complains* about Arizona human trafficking sweep - 04/17/10

... communities. After years of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Latino neighborhood sweeps, harsher and harsher state laws that target Latinos and immigrants, and escalating federal deportation, I'm afraid we have turned a very dangerous corner in the war on immigrants. There's always a "but", isn't there? Of course he supports enforcement, just not in this case (or any other case).

Mary Murguia nominated to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; twin sister of National Council of La Raza's Janet - 03/28/10

... herself from a case involving Joe Arpaio. Some of Obama's other highly questionable Hispanic choices include: Cecilia Munoz (former NCLR VP and now an administration official), Sonia Sotomayor (former NCLR member now on the US Supreme Court), Raul Yzaguirre (president of the NCLR at the time they gave the award to the person who'd proposed genocide), and Mari Del Carmen Aponte (member of NCLR...

Mitt Romney endorses John McCain: "I'm proud to call him my friend." - 02/28/10

... Hayworth -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, one of Hayworth's biggest boosters, served as honorary chair of Romney's Arizona campaign team in 2008, while Jason Rose, an advisor to Hayworth's Senate run, was Romney's state director. On Tuesday, however, Romney had nothing but effusive praise for McCain, saying "I'm proud to call him my friend."

Arpaio chief deputy claims left-wing conspiracy against dep't; probably not far off - 02/21/10

Joe Arpaio's chief deputy David Hendershott gave a deposition in the racial profiling lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and, per this, said among other things: "I believe also that it has become clear that you, (attorney) Bill Strauss, (Phoenix Mayor) Phil Gordon, members of the Anti Defamation League . . . have a political agenda that you are trying to push with this... Your...

Arpaio deputies to get private training in enforcing immigration law; ACLU outraged (Kobach) - 02/10/10

According to this, all Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies will receive private training "on the authority of local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law". Previously, just 100 of their deputies had received training from the Department of Homeland Security, but the DHS dropped that last year. Law professor and candidate for Attorney General of Kansas Kris Kobach will be providing the...

DHS' Morton: defends 287g program; defends Arpaio against claims of racial profiling - 01/21/10

From this: ...During a large protest on Saturday in Phoenix that drew 10,000 people, immigrant-rights advocates called on the Department of Homeland Security to end (the 287g program), saying some Valley police officers are engaging in racial profiling by arresting Latinos for minor crimes in order to check their immigration status during the booking process. But John Morton, the assistant...

Sandeep Gopalan misleads, shows fallacy of comprehensive immigration reform - 01/13/10

... the far-left to catch Sheriff Joe Arpaio has only resulted in a grand jury/kangaroo court going after him for unrelated issues. And, of course, the "spies" bit is hyperbole; see this. 3. His proposals include: "Comprehensive immigration reform must be built on strong borders and legal rights to employment. First, all EU states must contribute resources to border states to ensure that illegal...

DOJ unable to go after Joe Arpaio for racial profiling, goes after him for abuse of power instead - 01/08/10

... Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. County Communications Director Cari Gerchick told the Phoenix Business Journal Thursday night that County Manager David Smith and County Budget Director Sandi Smith have met with federal prosecutors and will appear before a federal grand jury in Phoenix on Jan. 13. Gerchick said the grand jury is looking at abuse of power charges against the MCSO and...

Texting about immigration sweeps might violate law (Arizona; Respeto; ACLU) - 01/04/10

... immigration sweeps that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is conducting in Maricopa County, Arizona. The texts are then broadcast to others in the tree: Guzman said she sends the messages to a wide range of groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, Copwatch and various immigrant-rights groups such as Somos America and Puente. She concedes that some who receive the text messages likely...

Arpaio shouted down at First Amendment Forum; Amanda Terkel cheers; open borders song - 12/01/09

... Amendment Forum" with sheriff Joe Arpaio being questioned about his relationship to the media and immigration by a professor and two others from that school. The event was interrupted by far-left protesters who began singing parody lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody, causing the panelists including Arpaio to leave one-by-one. The Dean of the school says (link): "They didn’t shout down Sheriff Arpaio...

Peter Wallsten misleads about Lou Dobbs (now an amnesty supporter?) - 11/25/09

... Celeste to task for lying about Joe Arpaio; she falsely states that Arpaio has "clearly violated the civil rights of undocumented immigrants". That is false since Arpaio hasn't been charged and is just the target of a Department of Justice fishing expedition conducted by someone who appears to be a bit far-left. Dobbs sticks up for Arpaio and says that the DOJ investigation is "kangaroo court...

What Brian Stelter and the New York Times don't want you to know - 10/24/09

... Arizona, carried the head of a Joe Arpaio effigy around like a trophy at a protest. Her group (Derechos Humanos), at least as of 2006, was directly collaborating with the Mexican government. To help the NYT's readers out, I left the following brief comment, a comment that has not been approved two days later: Now, here's what you won't read from the NYT or hear from CNN about Ms. Garcia: 24ahead...

Rep. Jared Polis: 287g caused "sweep of terror", smears Joe Arpaio (still earning his award from Mexico) - 10/22/09

... 287g program and smeared Sheriff Joe Arpaio. While reading his remarks (polis.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=150774) it's worth recalling that back in 2006 he received an award from the Mexican government due to his strong support for illegal immigration as a state official. Now he's able to take it to the national level, saying things like:

DOJ investigators pose as reporters at Joe Arpaio press conference? (Je Yon Jung) - 10/20/09

... show on Arizona's KFYI: Sheriff (Joe Arpaio) held a sweep in NW Phoenix, Friday October 16, 2009. He had a press conference after. US Department of Justice Officials (approximately 5) showed up at the conference, UNDERCOVER, POSING AS REPORTERS. When contacted by a Sheriff commander, the Federal Civil Rights officials posing as journalists, conducted themselves "unprofessionally" and "refused to...

Andrea Nill of Think Progress smears Joe Arpaio, gives false impression using bogus quote - 10/05/09

... Phoenix News Times, (Sheriff Joe Arpaio) appeared on KTAR 92.3 FM’s Jay Lawrence Show last night vowing to continue operating his "Hispanic-hunting dragnets," even if it means driving undocumented immigrants back across the border himself: That's followed by a quote from Arpaio, and if you're like me you probably thought "Hispanic-hunting dragnets" might be a quote from Arpaio as well. Whether...

DHS restricts Joe Arpaio 287g enforcement to jails; Arpaio pledges to continue sweeps - 10/05/09

... Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio signed a new agreement with the Department of Homeland Security that restricts his ability to perform immigration enforcement under the 287g program (link). Under the previous agreement, he could both check immigration status in county jails and also conduct street sweeps; the new agreement seeks to restrict him to the former. Jail screening caught 30,...

Joe Arpaio goes after ACORN over funding (?), Obama administration links (racial profiling case) - 09/18/09

Maricopa County Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is conducting a bit of a media stunt and fishing expedition (and I mean the latter in a good way) regarding ACORN. He's trying to see if that organization has any links to the lawsuit claiming his deputies engaged in racial profiling; see that link for the backstory. Apparently the press release from his office said he wanted to know whether they're...

ACLU sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio for alleged racial profiling (Dan Pochoda) - 08/19/09

... Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio for alleged racial profiling and related issues (aclu.org/immigrants/workplace/40777prs20090819.html). According to the ACLU, a father and son - the first a long-term legal resident, the second a U.S. citizen - were detained by Arpaio's deputies while they were conducting an immigration raid at a business: The lawsuit charges that the MCSO deputies...

DHS blamed release of illegal aliens on Sheriff Joe Arpaio and then tried to shut him up about it - 08/06/09

... controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) surfaced on July 23 and 24 when the sheriff's deputies were ordered by ICE officials to release illegal immigrants who had been caught in a broader criminal sweep. Sheriff Arpaio complained to the media; a federal spokesman claimed the release was the sheriff's fault; and the sheriff then released...

Obama, ADL, SPLC, Phil Gordon, Catherine Herridge, Shep Smith, Joan Walsh, Chris Matthews, others try to exploit shooting at Holocaust Museum - 06/11/09

... McCarthyite tactics against Sheriff Joe Arpaio: link. UPDATE: A list of others who've tried to exploit this tragedy is in "Holocaust Museum Shooter: Christian-Hating Socialist" (link). It includes this: A review of his lengthy associations reveals Von Brunn hardly fits the stereotype of a Religious Right, GOP precinct captain. He denounced the Christian faith as a dastardly Jewish conspiracy, a...

Janet Napolitano falsely says "crossing the border is not a crime" (+border fence, Arpaio) - 04/20/09

... border, and took a swipe at sheriff Joe Arpaio over his suggestion that the federal government enforces our immigration laws across the board.

Pulitzer Prize winners: anti-Arpaio series; New York Times' Spitzer coverage; Obama sycophant; Politifact - 04/20/09

... Maricopa County Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio: eastvalleytribune.com/story/135566. I haven't reviewed the many documents in the series, but I'd imagine there are more than a few problems with it, and the overall impact was to enable rather than fight against illegal activity. * Damon Winter of the NYT won for best Feature Photography for his hagiographies of Barack Obama: link. * Washington Post...

George Gascon DC trip paid for by "a group of nonprofit organizations that are seeking immigration reform" - 04/04/09

On Thursday, two congressional subcommittees held a hearing on the 287g program which included the following exchange (link, via this) between Mesa, Arizona police chief George Gascon (an opponent of the program) and Rep. Ted Poe (a supporter): "Who paid your way to get here today?" Poe asked. Gascon replied by repeating the question. "You heard me," Poe said. "Who paid your way?" "A group of...

Maricopa County board delays Arpaio immigration enforcement funding - 04/02/09

... Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has problems on the home front (link): The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted to postpone the acceptance of $1.6 million from the state to help pay for illegal immigration enforcement by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Republican-majority board until now has consistently supported Arpaio and generally agreed philosophically with his...

Zoe Lofgren, Jerrold Nadler, ACLU try to end 287g program (4/2/09 hearing; Arpaio) - 04/01/09

... use of 287(g) involves Sheriff Joe Arpaio; he isn't scheduled to testify, but two of those who are will be opposing his efforts specifically. In advance of the hearing, today the American Civil Liberties Union - a group that's directly collaborating with the Mexican government - called on the Obama administration to end the program (aclu.org/immigrants/gen/39244prs20090401.html, link): The ACLU...

DOJ investigating Sheriff Joe Arpaio over supposed racial profiling (Lofgren, Conyers, Nadler, Robert Scott, ACORN) - 03/12/09

... investigation focuses on Sheriff Joe Arpaio and dozens of officers under his command who were trained through the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Agreements of Cooperation in Communities to Enhance Safety and Security (ACCESS), which partners federal and local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws...

GAO report raises issues with 287g program (Joe Arpaio) - 03/04/09

... Archibold's report also references Joe Arpaio's efforts and the report from Justice Strategies; he calls the latter George Soros-linked group "a nonpartisan research foundation". Rep. Bennie Thompson will be holding a hearing today. More as it becomes available. UPDATE: The report is available here; if anyone reads it leave notes in comments. Stock comments from Ali Noorani of the National...

Soros-linked Justice Strategies calls 287g program a "failure" (Joe Arpaio) - 03/04/09

... (link): Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's continuing and controversial crackdown on illegal immigration and the federal program that lets him identify and arrest undocumented immigrants is a financial and public-safety failure, according to a new report. The program, known as 287 (g), has been touted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a public-safety measure aimed at removing...

Judge Mary Murguia in Joe Arpaio case is twin sister of NCLR's Janet - 03/01/09

... profiling case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona's Maricopa County is Mary Murguia. Those who've visited this site before might be familiar with that last name: her twin sister is none other than Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza. The NCLR is a far-left group that - while not explicitly radical nor explicitly supportive of "reconquista" - strongly supports illegal...