As politicians around the nation hide in the shadows and wring their hands over Obama’s lawless mass amnesty for 2 million illegals, the state of Arizona is presenting a united front against it.
On Wednesday, as tens of thousands of so-called “Dreamers” lined up in cities across the nation to apply for a near-automatic 2-year stay from deportation and work permit that Obama bypassed Congress to order, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer showed that at least one state was not going to take it lying down. Brewer issued an executive order barring drivers licenses and any public benefits to any illegal alien granted a waiver by Obama’s DHS.
Now today, Arizona’s principal law enforcement official, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, spoke out to blast the Obama “deferred action” scheme, and said it would not change the way he performed his duty.
On CNN’s Starting Point, Arpaio slammed Obama’s decree as political gamesmanship:
“Why did the president sign an executive order at this time, when there’s an election coming up?” Arpaio said. “So this is definitely politics, this whole situation on illegal immigration. And the White House and Congress, one of these days, should look at it, forget the executive orders, but get some laws passed. That’s what should be happening. (But) this administration wants amnesty. The bottom line is they want amnesty.”
CNN’s Soledad O’Brien asked Arpaio, the nation’s most prominent symbol in the fight against illegal immigration, if his stance could hurt him with Hispanic voters – a fear that’s evidently causing Republican Senators and Representatives, and GOP candidate Mitt Romney to remain silent in the face of Obama’s outrageous, lawless action.
“You think I’m concerned? I’m up for reelection for the sixth time,” he said. “I know that some of the Latinos don’t like what I’m doing. But you have to do what you took an oath of office to do, and I’m going to do it. … We have to do what’s right for the people of this state and this country and forget the politics, if that can ever be accomplished.”
Soon after Obama announced his amnesty plan, Arpaio was asked by a reporter if he will “help those new immigrants who are here under that provision to feel welcome?” the Sheriff simply said he had no contact with those people and that “I’m going to continue to enforce all our illegal immigration laws.”
Way to go, Joe! Arizona stands proud tonight that – while others are showing profiles in cowardice - our two most prominent leaders are standing up to Obama’s disgraceful amnesty edict.
Here is the extended CNN video…