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Perry names Arpaio his Arizona campaign chairman

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has named embattled Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio his Arizona campaign chairman, despite a recent Obama administration report condemning alleged discriminatory practices in Arpaio's office. ... Read more»

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Jan 8, 2012, 12:27 am
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“However, we still have state laws, and I know the governor agrees with state laws”

Unless, of course, she doesn’t agree with state laws.

Jan 8, 2012, 10:01 am
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I think the Governor being talked about in the article is Gov. Goodhair of Texas and ‘she’ has been known as a he for a while now.

Jan 8, 2012, 3:20 pm
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Why is it so few journalists are able to differentiate between “immigration” and “illegal immigration”??? Myself and most people on the same side of the issue have absolutely zero problem with folks immigrating legally to our country.

So, so-called journalists like Emily Ramshaw either are too stupid to tell the difference, or are deliberately trying to smear the issue to serve their own ends. Either case disqualifies them from being good journalists.

Now that we’ve said that, I don’t get this move…how can any Sheriff who is doing his job have the time to dedicate to running someone’s presidential campaign at a state level?

Jan 8, 2012, 8:11 pm
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It is not only journalists who are unable to differentiate between “immigration” and “illegal immigration”.

Just one case out of many (too many) Maricopa County taxpayers paid out a $200,000 settlement just last July to Julian and Julio Mora, one a legal permanent resident and one a citizen. They were zip tied, humiliated, abused, and held for three hours for the offense of driving while brown during a 2009 MCSO raid of a Phoenix landscaping firm.

Doing your job doesn’t seem to be a requirement for Sheriff Arpaio. For example, just one case out of many (too many,) the case of the 13 year old girl raped by her father which was closed because her mother did not want “to pursue this investigation”

We call that child endangerment everywhere else in the USA and allowing the child to return to the same situation in which she was raped could probably be construed as being an accessory to the crime.

It is time for the toughest Sheriff to retire and rest on his laurels.

Jan 8, 2012, 10:13 pm
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All good points Bananas.  Although Arpaio probably takes the cake, this is not just happening in Arizona.  For example see the most recent case involving a young girl being deported to Columbia.  There are a ton more examples in this interview: https://www.democracynow.org/2012/1/6/deportation_of_us_teen_to_colombia

Jan 8, 2012, 10:20 pm
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scar asserted:

All good points Bananas.  Although Arpaio probably takes the cake, this is not just happening in Arizona.  For example see the most recent case involving a young girl being deported to Columbia….

Baaaaaaaaaaad example Scar. Had you read the story, you would have seen that idiotic girl decided to lie about her name and take the identity of a border jumper with warrants out on her. What happened to her is her own fault.

Jan 8, 2012, 10:28 pm
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It’s not a bad example, because ICE checked her fingerprints and verified they DIDN’T match those on record for the border jumper.  Not to mention she’s AFRICAN AMERICAN and didn’t speak a word of Spanish.  Kudos to ICE to showing just how stupid they are.

Jan 8, 2012, 11:44 pm
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Interesting link Scar, thanks. I originally thought pretty much the same as Bret Linden, runaway, at risk kid, thought foreign travel for free might be an adventure. I did not know about the non matching fingerprints.

So far as her being African American there are a lot of people who look just like she does in South America, they had African slaves too, particularly in Brazil.

Any organization is only as good as the employee doing the grunt work. It will be interesting to see what comes out of the investigation. From my research ICE pays very little attention to what their detainees actually say, this is not new. Neither is the deportation of US citizens but not usually as young as she was.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:26 am
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scar typed:

she’s AFRICAN AMERICAN and didn’t speak a word of Spanish.  Kudos to ICE to showing just how stupid they are.

Ummmmm…..wait a minute. Isn’t this the textbook definition of “profiling”? I thought profiling was wrong. The liberal media keeps telling me that using factors such as skin color or what language someone is speaking to begin to determine the potential immigration status of someone is bad and anyone who engages in the process is pure evil. But, here we have an obvious hard-core liberal doing the exact same thing.

So, liberals tell immigration cops how to do their jobs. In this particular case, immigration cops complied. Yet, scar still isn’t satisfied.

I don’t understand…did I miss something here?

Jan 9, 2012, 12:17 pm
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I guess you did miss something Bret. Just like you missed that the article above was about Texas Gov. Rick Perry not Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

ICE is supposed to be law enforcement. Law enforcement work with clues to solve the crime, unless they happen to be MCSO who don’t need clues because they already know all the answers when it comes to brown people.

ICE’s first clue was her fingerprints did not match her claimed identity. If they had bothered to look for a second clue the fact she spoke no Spanish might have been grounds for thinking she did not come from a Spanish speaking country.

Profiling is stopping and detaining a couple of brown men driving down the road for no other reason than they look Hispanic when you are hunting for illegals, and you know that.

Thinking that a non Spanish speaking black woman might not come from Colombia is not profiling, it is using common sense.

Jan 9, 2012, 2:24 pm
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Um, no. Scar used someone’s skin color and spoken language to determine the likelihood of the subject’s immigration status. That is the EXACT same behavior that Arpaio’s opponents denounce. And, I’m sure when Arpaio does it, he also says “it is using common sense”.

It’s a double-standard. You can’t have it both ways.

And, where the hell did I mention ANY governor in this thread?

Jan 9, 2012, 4:05 pm
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Bret, those are only secondary to the fact that the fingerprints didn’t match.  Bottom line is ICE dropped the ball and didn’t follow procedure. Get over it.

Jan 9, 2012, 4:11 pm
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I’m the one that got confused with the Governors; the prolific use of pronouns in the final paragraph threw me off.

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio looks at the crowd before his introduction with candidate Rick Perry in Osceola, Iowa, on Dec. 27.


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