The saga of open-border advocates in the federal government using the Department of Justice (DOJ) and federal courts to attack those enforcing immigration laws has heated up recently, with a federal judge considering appointing a monitor to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow found in May that “the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office singled out Latinos and [its] deputies unreasonably prolonged detentions,” according to the Associated Press on the matter of Arpaio’s Sheriff’s Deputies checking the immigration status of those whom they pull over.
Open-border advocates in the American Civil Liberties Union helped a small group file this civil case against Sheriff Arpaio, with the group claiming they had been detained because of their race. This matter is separate from DOJ issues that the same open-borders advocates are campaigning for against the popular Sheriff.
Maricopa County has several vast areas that have warning signs posted to alert the public to the dangers of hiking in the area’s national parks and other public lands. “Caution,” they read, “Smuggling and Illegal Immigration May Be Encountered in This Area.” Regardless of the dangers to Maricopa County residents resulting from the federal government’s failure to meet their obligations on border security, the federal courts may appoint a monitor to hamper Sheriff Arpaio in his efforts to do so.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Sheriff Arpaio stated: “We’ve arrested 60,000 illegal immigrants over the years and checked their status. I’ve been fighting having a monitor run my office. I’m elected by the people,” he said. “I have constitutional authority as the sheriff.”
Arpaio declared: “My deputies are not racists, many of their families are from Mexico and Central America.”
The Sheriff’s opponents tried to recall him last November but failed in their efforts to oust the popular sheriff. “The people of Maricopa County have spoken over and over as they have continually elected me,” said Sheriff Arpaio. “This current civil case has been going on for over a year and I was re-elected while it was in progress.”
Disclosure: The writer of this article and Arpaio were both speakers at the same event previously.