Prominent Congressman Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is defending Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio against Justice Department charges of committing “civil rights violations” against Latinos in Maricopa County.
Thomas Perez, head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division – and a former board member of Hispanic hate group CASA de Maryland, unexpectedly released the report on December 15. Some observers, including Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, believe the sudden release of results of the 3+ year investigation was timed to distract from the one-year anniversary of the murder of Border Agent Brian Terry, for which Eric Holder’s DOJ was directly culpable, through their disastrous ‘Operation Fast and Furious’. 57 Congressional Representatives and one senator have called for Holder’s resignation over the bloody debacle.
King rejected allegations that Arpaio has been engaged in racial profiling and carrying out strong-handed patrols along the Arizona border aimed at stopping illegal immigrants. “I’ve been to visit his operation,” King says in the video, adding: “There is not a profiling operation that I can see.”
King characterized the Justice Department allegations as “a political agenda that’s working against a man who stands up for the law.”
King said that the allegations from department’s civil rights division were the latest attempt to destroy Arpaio by the “open borders crowd” who oppose any and all attempts to secure the border and enforce immigration laws. King singled out La Raza and MALDEF as being among those behind this war on the Sheriff.
“I defend Joe Arpaio,” King said. “I think he needs to continue with the tent city. And I think the Department of Justice should not be using themselves as a tool, a political tool, to push back against people that are working to enforce the law.”
Thank you Rep. King, for standing with Sheriff Joe and the rule of law!