Immigration

Judgement Day as Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces prison for enforcing immigration law

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Former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a border enforcement crusader now targeted by a federal prosecutors, could learn as early as today if he will be found guilty of criminal contempt.

He was indicted, and was tried last week, on charges of criminal contempt for continuing patrols to find those crossing the U.S./Mexico border illegally, after liberal Federal judge G. Murray Snow ordered him in 2011 to stop enforcing the law.

The Federal government alleges Arpaio continued border patrols that discriminated against Hispanics.  Arpaio argues the court order was vaguely worded, and he changed the manner in which he conducted the patrols to made a good faith effort to comply.

Arpaio’s fate will be decided by Federal Judge Susan Bolton, a Bill Clinton appointee.  It was Bolton who in 2010 blocked Arizona’s law allowing police to check the immigration status of detained suspects.

Arpaio, who won national praise for his tough approach to crime and efforts to secure his county’s border with Mexico, lost his re-election after he was targeted by liberals nationwide and charged with crimes.

Arpaio is being prosecuted by the Justice Department’s “Public Integrity Section” (PIS,) which was behind the prosecutions of Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Republican Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and Democrat former senator and vice-presidential nominee John Edwards.  McDonnell and Stevens were both convicted.

McDonnell’s conviction was unanimously throw out by the Supreme Court, which ruled the PIS falsely applied the law.  Stevens’ conviction was also thrown out after the PIS admitted to widespread misconduct in the case, but by then Stevens has lost his Senate seat, his reputation was ruined and he had perished in a plane crash.

Edwards was found not guilty by a jury that found the PIS, once again, has misapplied the law.

In the weeks before the 2010 election, when it became apparent Democrats may lose, then-IRS official Lois Lerner spoke with PIS Chief Jack Smith, PIS Deputy Chief Raymond Hulser and PIS “Election Crimes” Division head Richard Pilger to discuss possibly targeting and arresting citizens operating anti-Obama “Tea Party” groups.  During that meeting, PIS officials reviewed confidential taxpayer information on Obama critics, which is generally illegal.

  • Robert

    Sheriff Arpaio was not charged with any thing about immigration he was charged with profiling, and if you check you will find out it is illegal fro anyone except authorized agents to anything about immigration the sheriff had no authority to do anything about illegals other than call the authorities, the same as any private citizen.
    So quit twisting one with the other. It is no different from my state if you have a drink of alcohol and are going down the road and some one runs a red light and T Bones your car it is always reported a s alcohol involved even if alcohol had no part in the accident.
    HAVE A GOOD DAY

    • Marie Parvi

      President Trump can pardon Sheriff Joe for what ever crime you dream up!

      • Robert

        You are right he can pardon any one he likes that is the Presidents rules.
        Any one that gets pardoned does not make it right, it just lets them go free, it is still on the books that they committed a crime.
        HAVE A GOOD DAY

        • Marie Parvi

          Refer you to Mary G’s answer.
          Have a great day!

    • Phil

      MANY OF THE ILLEGAL IMMATES WERE THERE FOR FELONY CRIMES AND HE HAD EVERY RIGHT TO JAIL THEM.

      • Robert

        Phil
        I do not think any crimes have been dreamed up, this site is the one always saying we area country of laws, what only the laws you like , but not the ones you do not like. If you are doing something against the law of your State or Federal and the authority comes and tells you to stop doing or you will be charged and you keep on doing it and get charged what legal law do you have to stand on..
        HAVE A GOOD DAY

    • jerry1944

      Do you really think all thugs should go free and the law to jail are do you just like running the mouth

      • Robert

        jerry1944
        I believe every law written has loop holes which can be used by really smart lawyers. I am also a believer to follow the constitution that you are not a criminal until convicted in a court of law, because there is not a person in the USA who has not broken some laws. A thug is normally referred to as a person who assaults other or has other hurt you.
        I have never in my life said that thugs should go free but I have also said as the Constitution says you are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law by your peers.
        If you are referring to illegals some of them are more upstanding than the majority of the Population.
        of course if it is all about Make America White Again, I do not think that will ever happen
        HAVE A GOOD DAY

        • Marie Parvi

          The point you are refusing to deal with is the people who come here illegally have broken our laws. They do not have any kind of visas, green cards or any permission to be in our country.
          That is against our laws.

          • Robert

            Marie Parva
            I do think it is really funny that some only want the laws followed that they think with out seeing the entire picture are the most important. The most important thing in this country the same as any other country is the Economy and that is where the illegals are a huge benefit, http://time.com/money/4566401/trumps-deportation-immigration-plan-numbers/ you do not have to believe this link just go Google the economic cost of deportation. This will not get rid of the illegals anyway they will just come back on work visas, the processing house just about 60 miles from me brings workers in by the train load to work in the poultry processing plant for a 6 month period and then they go home for 6 months and they are right back in the 6 months they are away anther train load comes in and replaces the ones going home, and they take all their money home with them, now the illegals living here spend most of their money here, 40% own homes 71% own cars and all pay taxes and insurances now the imported workers do not do that they know they are going home so they buy as little as possible and take the money home to what ever country they return to.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • Marie Parvi

            And I watched as thousands of dollars left the country to Mexico on a weekly basis at the post office!! Yes that really benefits us economically. Bull!!!

          • Robert

            Marie Parvi
            You are most probably right but for on thing. You seem to ignore the Billions daily that corporations send out of this country daily.
            If you think they are not a benefit to the economy why do you not Google it yourself, as well as the GOA, “Economic Cost of deporting the illegals.” you will find hundreds of sites and then you can go tot he GOA site and check it out yourself,
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • Marie Parvi

            Correct Robert and that is why we need tax reform that keeps this money here. That Also gives us more money in our pockets..
            Thanks for a thoughtful discussion of our problems in this country. Now if the Congress (both GOP and DNP) would take this same kind of discussion lead and do the same thing, we would solve our problems!
            Thanks!!

          • Robert

            Marie Parvi
            Protectionism benefits no one and harms many, money going out of this country is what made the USA the great country it is. Without trade where would we be a backward country, with no advancement, it all boils down to evolution the world is constantly evolving and has been since the beginning of time, that is why we have all the modern advancement that we enjoy and makes our lives easier in nearly every way you can think of.
            In a Government any Government they never give up the taxes, if they reduce the taxes on the rich someone has to pay more to make up for what the rich do not pay, f you care to check every time there is a tax reduction say 20% for the rich and say 8 09% for the working people after about two years the working people tax break is gone due to inflation but the rich still have their tax cut because only a small part of their income is spent on necessities so they still have their tax cut.. The majority of taxes paid in this country are paid by the working class people who spend the majority of their money on expenses.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

    • Mary G.

      So, how many European Nationalists come across the Mexico/US border illegally? How many Asian Nationalists come across the Mexico/US border Illegally? How many African Nationalists come across the Mexico/US border Illegally, etc.? If the ethnicities I mentioned committed most of the illegal border crossings and the Sheriff picked out only the few Mexican Nationalists who crossed illegally, which is unlikely, that would be considered Profiling. I hope my explanation clarified the issue for you.

      • Robert

        Mary G
        Most persons from Europe just come by plane or boat and stay not leaving when their time is up, now many African and Middle East persons come across the Southern Border. There was a complete investigation done by Homeland Security and the other investigative agencies in the USA, and it was found that the Sheriff’s officers as well as him stopped every car with what appeared Mexican person and checked their Citizenship. Now according to our laws in this country no one is allowed to enforce immigration law but immigration persons and the sheriff was told on more than one occasion to stop because he was violating Federal Law, I do suppose in your mind it is just fine for someone doing what you think is necessary to break Federal Law , but not alright for someone breaking a lesser law by crossing the border illegally.
        HAVE A GOOD DAY

        • Mary G.

          Robert, I do not know if you know or not but Border Patrol Officers during the last Administration have been ordered to NOT FOLLOW THE LAW! This issue has caused severe consequences. Illegal persons from Mexico once hid and ran from Border Patrol Officers but the last administration caused Illegal persons from Mexico to run toward the Border Patrol Officers and claim, using Obama’s name, asylum. Most Border Patrol Officers are very frustrated by this act and are powerless to stop this. When you mention that I think it is fine to break federal law, I want to chuckle because the federal laws have not been enforced for the last eight years. So, my question to you is what should happen wen the people who are expected to enforce the federal laws do not enforce the federal laws, which continues to jeopardize our Sovereignty?

          • Robert

            Mary G
            Most of what you have wrote is total BS I do not know who started it but it is not true. My Son-in-aw has been a Border Patrol agent for over 25 years, worked both the Southern Border all of Texas and part of Arizona and the northern Border and they have never been told not to apprehend illegals the only thing that happened that really made them upset was when the were told they could not go into businesses to apprehend illegals they had to wait for them to exit the business , mostly malls, and that happened under Bush Administration. If Immigration law has not been enforced in the last 8 years why do you not check on the internet about how many illegals were in fact apprehended during 2016 compared to 2107 and also how many were deported each year by the previous administration. Every person coming to this country legally or illegally has a right to ask for asylum that is our laws. Most is political BS to make it look like someone else is wrong
            If every Federal Law on the books were enforced then most would not enjoy life as we know it. If you think in any way these illegals are not needed here check with the food industry about the cost of food if the illegals were not here and the businesses who would not be in business if it were not for the illegals.
            HAVE A NICE DAY

          • Mary G.

            The information you mention in your recent reply is very interesting because I also have Border Patrol Officers within my circle. One officer is even an Executive Staff member. It seems that even within the agency, there is conflicting information. Internet information is NOT ALWAYS CORRECT. In fact, if you do as much research as a person should, you will notice that you will ALWAYS find conflicting information in the Internet. Your research needs to be widened to include other types of resources than just the Internet.

            Who has the right to pick and choose which Federal laws are to be enforced? What you really need to do is to find someone you know who lives along one of the border towns in Arizona and just live there for a year or so. You need to spend time with Americans who have been victims of crimes caused by illegal immigrants.

            Sorry, but Illegal Immigration laws are not ‘nuisance laws’ where they are silly and out-of-date. These laws were written for a reason. No country in the world should have an ‘open-door border policy.’ Too many people in America mistake the difference between privileges and rights.

            Why do you think that so many politicians want to keep the door open to allow illegal immigration? Do you think it is because these politicians really care about the ‘so-called plight?’ NO, the amount of Electoral Votes a state is allowed is based on population and not voter population. The more people that can be shoved in a state, the more Electoral Votes that state will have. One political party, (I really do not have to name this party because it is obvious), is very quick to fight the enforcement of Immigration Laws for this exact reason. I really do not care whether anyone believes me or not but I know it to be a fact.

            You need to seek out Voting Captains from both political parties and interview them. Ask many questions because this method is an alternative to getting all your information from the Internet. I wish you well in this endeavor.

            Since the day is almost over, I hope you had a nice day.

          • Robert

            MaryG
            You may not agree with me but the days of Soverighnty and protectionism are just about over, every country needs the same type of people we have here to keep the economy going. Why would spending time with victims of crimes by illegals be any different than spending time with some one who had a family member killed or hurt by an American citizen and there is a far greater chance of the American committing the crime than the illegal the police departments and the FBI say that. The laws were written for a reason but that reason has long passed, it was mainly to keep Mexicans out of this country after the US took their land that they and their families had lived on for centuries, which was most of the South West. The laws were never really enforced. I lived in Texas for a while and my rancher friend who has now died told me if it were not for the Mexicans he would not have a ranch and there are many more like him, like he said most hired the illegals to do the work Americans will not do.
            I think the politicians want to keep the door open for the illegals because as the GOA and nearly every economist in this country says there would be great economic damage to this country by deporting the illegals.
            http://search.xfinity.com/#web/economic+impact+of+deporting+the+illegals
            here is a few hundred sites for you to look at I do suppose everyone is wrong except the few about 35% that want the illegals gone.
            I do indepth research on everything I post and even then sometimes I get it wrong and when I do I apologize and this is one item I am not wrong on and neither are all the ones who say about the damage.
            You should do your research and you will find that it is my party the Republicans who are constantly getting their fingers smacked for Gerrymandering so they are in control and also making it difficult for minorities to vote do to many obstacles they throw up and moving polling places so they are inconvenient to minority voters, I do believe teh Republican Party in different states have had their hand smacked by the Supreme Court no less than 50+ times and the Democrats only 8 times for the same offences.
            Your research seems to be one sided not open forum investigation of the subject.
            Everyone can find one rotten or bad apple in the basket but you are not supposed to judge the whole basket by one apple. I am a Constitutionalist and care about the country as a whole not just my parties platform.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY.

  • Kevin

    This sounds like a good candidate for a Presidential Pardon – makes a lot more sense than some of Obama’s last-minute pardons…

  • jerry1944

    Wouldnt it be better to hang the judges I know it would be a lot more fair The Sheriff did a great job . something the judges didnt do is why he had to . . Lets keep Sheriff Joe and send the judges to jail

  • Fred Mitchell

    3 calls to Trump and he will be a free man if Trump hasn’t already got his pardon sitting on his desk. Hopefully the DOJ will have the judges disbarment papers sitting on their desks as well.

  • Mary G.

    Most of us here know that this issue is known as Fedral Crime of Illegal Immigrant. So many people have truned the issue into an issue of predudice. The main-streamed media stays away from the legal Mexican immigrants who are just as outraged as many of us regarding the lack of enforcement of the Fedral Laws. What then would a legal Mexican immigrant be titeled, he or she would be titled ‘an American.’ The legal Mexican immigrants are falling between the cracks and they also have a voice but no one wants to listen because many people do not like what these legal immigrants have to say.

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