Maricopa County Don't Need No Stinking LawNot one to be told what to do by some stinking court, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio went out yesterday afternoon looking to bust some illegals. In Maricopa's 17th immigration sweep since 2008 - through which the county has made 1,000 arrests, around 700 of which were actually illegal immigrants - Arpaio was joined by the media as he cruised through town looking for
With most of Arizona's new immigration law blocked by a judge, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio launched his 17th "crime suppression" sweep in Maricopa County, pledging late Thursday afternoon to have his deputies and volunteers check the immigration status of those arrested.
"We're looking for anybody who violates the law," he said. "If we find any illegal aliens, they are going to be arrested."
The operation began about 4 p.m. after being delayed for several hours while his deputies responded to demonstrations outside the county jail in Phoenix. During those protests, several people were arrested and others detained, including a legal observer and a news photographer.
His timing and intentions are suspect but at least he keeps it real.
Arpaio said Thursday that he didn't go looking for illegal immigrants but found them because they were out breaking the law. Arpaio said he timed the operation for the day SB 1070 took effect to send a message — that nothing is changing despite U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton's ruling.
"I want the people of Maricopa County to know, 'Hey if you are here illegally and you commit a crime — go somewhere else,'" he said.
How exactly does he decide who to arrest? What about those few high yellow Mexicans who boast green eyes and brown hair, does he go after them? Is his crew trained to spot bootleg Nikes and U.S. Polo Association kick pants?
This is NOT the first time Sheriff Arpaio's methods have been, erm, questioned a tad.