"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Thursday, May 04, 2006

The Lone Sheriff and Conspiracy to Commit Human Smuggling

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, pronounced Ar pie hole! No offense intended, it's just the way my mind works sometimes; like AOL strikes me as an appropriate abbreviation for A**hole.

Sorry about that. I was planning to post a few words about the latest from the sheriff and what better way than via Free Constitution.

Sheriff Joe is one of those guys that many agree with and many that don't. He puts convicts up in what is referred to as "Tent City" to save money and requires the wearing of pink underwear (not gonna go there, but it is likely not in the J. Edgar Hoover vain).

Joe likes to bluster and he appears quite full of himself; regardless, this doesn't make him wrong. As we have seen recently, the government likes to talk too, although that is all it does. It writes laws and puts them on the books, but then ignores certain ones when deemed appropriate.

Sheriff Joe is elected to uphold and ENFORCE the law. If you have a governor that makes a big deal about how the federal government isn't doing enough about the borders and announces National Guard troops will be dispatched to the border; then does not follow through.

According to the article that Free Constitution posted about, "the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is the only Arizona law enforcement agency willing to enforce a new state anti-smuggligh law." Oddly, it hasn't taken long for attorneys of 47 illegal immigrants (the paper refers to them as undocumented), to call for the charges of human smuggling to be dropped.

According to the Arizona Republic:

They argue a person can't smuggle himself into the country and therefore can't be charged with conspiracy.
Attorneys can be as good at twisting laws as our politicians can be. Here's a twist; most people talk to themselves, maybe that could make it a conspiracy. These people did not cross without telling anyone they knew, perhaps this could be considered conspiracy. Regardless, law enforcement knows who these 47 people are so if the charges are dropped they should be handed over to the proper authorities. If that's legal to do that is.

Sheriff Joe is an easy target because he puts himself out there, but like I said; disliking someone doesn't make them wrong. It's kind of like Bush bashing.

I applaud he and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas' efforts on our behalf.

Cross posted from Free Constitution:

Normally, a story about law enforcement enforcing the law would not be so interesting. But in today's world, it's all but a miracle. Especially with the current political expectations from politicians -left and right, the Big Media, and many other enforcement agencies.

In spite of it all, a Sheriff decides to organize a posse and go Minuteman style, with a badge:

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Tuesday that about 100 volunteer posse and Sheriff's deputies will soon begin randomly patrolling the desert areas and main roadways in southwest Maricopa County as apart of an operation to stem the flow of illegal aliens entering the county.

...Despite the growing controversy about illegal aliens nationwide, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office remains the only Arizona law enforcement agency willing to enforce a new state anti-smuggling law.

"There are so many illegals trying to make it into the county that it's overwhelming my deputies, so I have called on members of my 3000 member volunteer posse to assist," says Sheriff Arpaio. "It's not only illegals we find and arrest out there, we've also made some recent huge drug seizures involving illegal aliens including nearly 100 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately three pounds of heroin."
I especially found the part about overwhelming his deputies interesting, while no Senator in Washington can see past November, nor hear their constituents, nor agree on what to do about this. Even without billions in funds, illegal immigration more often seems to be better magaged at the local level now.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**


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