Aug 2, 2010
The day a federal judge blocked parts of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, Sheriff Joe Arpaio made a point of starting one of his big sweeps in Phoenix.
In two days, Arpaio’s deputies arrested 64 people – especially targeting what they called “traffic violators who might also be illegal immigrants.” By the end of the two days, all but six of those arrested had already proven that they are in the U.S. legally!
This Sheriff Arpaio has been raiding Hispanic neighborhoods and harassing working people like this for years. He has done things like parading immigrants in the streets from jail to jail, putting them in tents – like in a concentration camp – and feeding them a green slop.
And Arpaio’s raids have been authorized, and paid for, by the federal government under a 1995 law! Only last October did the Obama administration announce that it was taking away Arpaio’s authority as a federal deputy. But it turned out to be a show – the Obama administration has done nothing to actually stop Arpaio from continuing the kind of attacks on immigrants that would make the Klan proud.
And that has only made Arpaio bolder. If government officials, both state and federal, are allowing Arpaio to go on with his atrocities, it’s only because they find the likes of him useful as part of their “law enforcement.”