Here we go.
Ever since Obama took office, opponents of illegal immigration knew it would come to this.
This Administration has already dismantled the enforcement regime against illegal aliens. They engineered a unilateral amnesty for nearly 2 million illegal aliens by a stroke of Obama’s pen last August. They sued to stop states like Arizona, Alabama and Georgia from enforcing existing immigration laws after the Feds failed to do so. The Attorney General has bullied states like Texas and South Carolina, by blocking voter ID laws designed to stop voter fraud by illegal aliens and others.
But no matter what they did, or who they bullied, there was always one individual who refused to back down: Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The Obama cabal’s intent to target Sheriff Joe was made clear early on, when on March 11, 2009 – at a time when most cabinet departments were barely even staffed – the DOJ announced a full investigation of Arpaio’s department for “discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures”. What evidence had they amassed after only 49 days in office? They revealed none.
But just six months before that, in September 2008, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) did its own exhaustive investigation of Arpaio’s office — and gave it a clean bill of health.
ICE said Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Sheriff and deputies were “professional”, had “met the requirements” of Federal guidelines, which included a ban on racial profiling.
They went on:
ICE investigators also interviewed top federal officials involved in illegal immigrant cases in Arizona. They found an “excellent” working relationship between the sheriff’s office and the feds. ICE talked as well to federal prosecutors in Phoenix, who described the cases brought by Maricopa County as “high quality.“
Yet just six months later, a barely-staffed DOJ accused Arpaio and his department of “discriminatory police practices”? What had changed? Nothing. It was pure politics. That’s all it is, all it ever was.
And so, this afternoon, after months of unsuccessfully trying to compel Sheriff Joe to cave in to their ridiculous demand to take over his department; and only 2 weeks after their humiliating beat-down in front of the U.S. Supreme Court over S.B. 1070, the Department of Justice sued Arpaio, his office, and Maricopa County, in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.
Thomas Perez, the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division – yes, the same one which dropped a case of clear voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party in 2009, said
“The police are supposed to protect and serve our communities, not divide them. If you look Latino (in Maricopa County), you are fair game.”.
Perez is one of many former La Raza radicals who have been given faux legitimacy via their elevation to powerful positions in the Obama Administration – including Cecilia Munoz and Hilda Solis – and they play the dirtiest racial politics America has ever seen.
Sheriff Joe, who has become the nation’s most prominent symbol in the war against illegal immigration, wasted no time in striking back. In an interview, he defiantly blasted the Administration for their hypocrisy and corruption:
“Clean your own house, Eric Holder, before you come trying to clean mine,” Arpaio said. “This is a coordinated effort directed from the White House to deflect attention from Eric Holder’s failure to cooperate in the congressional investigation into Fast and Furious.”
“I won’t surrender,” Arpaio insisted, referring to the Justice Department’s demand to put federal monitors within the MCSO. “I intend to fight back.”
America stands with Sheriff Joe, and we will fight with you all the way, including removing this corrupt Administration – and their divisive, un-American politics – from power in November.