Napolitano, Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio is your Problem

February 6, 2009 by Jessica Acee · Comment
Filed under: Immigration, Politics 

It’s been 48 hours since over 200 undocumented immigrants were handcuffed, marched through Phoenix streets and abandoned in a tent city surrounded by an electric fence in the middle of the desert. This latest publicity stunt by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a clear violation of human rights law. Based on a recent report showing that ICE has been lying, and purposely targeting immigrants with no documented criminal activity, it’s very likely that some of these people have not committed crimes.

Meanwhile, sitting comfortably in DC, newly minted Secretary of Homeland Secretary (and former AZ governor) Janet Napolitano is being called “the best advocate for sense and sensibility.” But where is her sense of justice and humanity when residents of her own community are isolated not for any specific crime but because of their nationality? This is ludicrous. Read more

Sheriff Arpaio Chains Together Immigrants and Forces March

February 4, 2009 by Guest Blogger · 3 Comments
Filed under: Immigration 

By Dan Weiss

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Phoenix, AZ will chain together hundreds of detained immigrants today and force them to march out of a detention facility and into a “Tent City”.

Arpaio’s Maricopa County office released a media advisory titled, Arpaio Orders Move of Hundreds of Illegal Aliens to Their Own Tent City, that can be described as eerily familiar to the first phase of Nazi Germany’s anti-Semitic propaganda. The statement describes detainees being housed in an outdoor city of tents surrounded by an electric fence, with misbehavior punishable by forced labor on a chain gang. Read more