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AZ Latino Politicians React to Feds Report on Sheriff Arpaio’s Office

Community Leaders Concerned Report Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Local politicians and community leaders praised the federal government for its findings that the Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies targeted Latinos.

Latino politicians and community leaders at a press conference following DOJ announcement.

Above: Latino politicians and community leaders at a press conference following DOJ announcement.

At a press conference in south Phoenix, more than a dozen state lawmakers, city councilmen, county supervisors and community activists said their complaints were finally heard. Maricopa County Supervisor, and longtime Arpaio critic, Mary Rose Wilcox said the next step is for Arpaio to explain himself.

“The report says you comply by Jan. 4th -- give a written report how you are going to comply (and) we are going to monitor it. He’s not gonna do it,” said Wilcox. “He’s gonna' blow it. He cannot take saying that he’s wrong and that’s what he’s gonna have to admit.”

Local leaders said the DOJ report only exposes some of the alleged problems. Salvador Reza is a community activist. He said the report does not assure that Arpaio is removed from office. “He’s not gonna get out of office. Unless he’s indicted and if he doesn’t get indicted then they’re leaving it up to the voters to do it. Now that’s gonna' create one more political battle in Arizona,” said Reza.

The board of supervisors has been working through numerous civil-rights lawsuits brought against Arpaio’s office. Supervisor Wilcox says the DOJ’s announcement will likely prompt more people to file lawsuits.

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HarryStreet | December 16, 2011 at 3:43 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Maybe Arpaio did commit some wrong-doing, maybe not. We'll see soon enough. One things can be agreed on, and that is once he is ousted from office a wave of illegal immigrants will thunder into Arizona with people demanding amnesty holding out open arms.

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Missionaccomplished | December 16, 2011 at 7:23 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 16, 2011 at 8:06 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

All I hear from supporters of draconian policies like Arizona's immigration law is "the world will end" if they are repealed.

When you have to use irrational fear-mongering instead of facts, it's a sign the legislation is created out of misguided hysteria by misguided hysterical showmen/women like Arpaio and Brewer.

The first comment here is a perfect example: *".....once he is ousted from office a wave of illegal immigrants will thunder into Arizona with people demanding amnesty holding out open arms."*

Sounds dramatic, I especially like the imagery of thunder coming down from the heavens as the immigrants march into the state. Maybe go a little further with your false imagery and give the "invaders" pitchforks and torches?

While this type of "what-if" fear-mongering does play with a significant portion of the electorate, it is based on nothing.

Instead of the drama, how about providing statistics that Arpaio's policies actually work?

Perhaps because they don't?

You know, immigration is a complex issue that has many facets including economic conditions. The thought that one abrasive fat man in Phoenix can really make that big of a difference is more lore than reality.

Immigration is down nationwide, is Arpaio moving around from state to state spewing his rhetoric?

Consider this: Arpaio has been sheriff in Maricopa County since 1992. If he is so "tough" on illegal immigration, why even the need for Arizona's recent immigration laws? If he is this magical deterrent that his irrational supporters credit him as being, why did Arizona need such harsh immigration laws years after Arpaio had been at the helm in Arizona's largest urban area?

To suggest this one person's removal would create a "thunder" as you describe of illegal immigrants rushing into Arizona is absurd and just one more example of how Arpaio is more a symbol than a real person making real changes.

Arpaio is all talk, and his supporters love to throw out *"what ifs"* in reference to him leaving, but nobody can provide tangible statistics showing his county is any safer or has significantly lower crime rates.

Arpaio has become very famous by being a controversial personality who racists and irrationals can look up to. He pulls publicity stunts and cares more about his own profile than deterring crime.

This is a couple years old but worth watching to get an idea of what Arpaio is like. It is a report by a local Arizona affiliate on their "Toughest Sheriff in America":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN9BCiB3tCo

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HarryStreet | December 20, 2011 at 3:15 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

It's no simpler than this: We enforce our immigration policies or not. If we don't like them, we change them. Arpaio is merely enforcing them. Go figure.

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HarryStreet | December 20, 2011 at 3:42 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Peking Duck, don't you know there is a problem with people entering the U.S. illegally? If left unchecked no one would benefit. Borders are guarded all over the world for a reason. We've been making it far too easy for people to remain in the U.S. illegally and sitting back doing nothing except accuse those who stand up and demand action as racist.

I've seen neighborhoods overcrowded, vandalized, murdered, etc. Sure, not all illegal immigrants are the cause of our problems, but that doesn't mean we should ignore this issue. Nor does it mean we should over-react.

Still, something needs to be done. I propose taking the argument to the Mexican Gov and people. Far too much energy on our part allows them to get a free pass.

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