What's the endgame, America?
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose jurisdiction includes the Phoenix Metro area (the 5th largest city in the United States), continues to inch closer and closer to neon lines of historical unacceptability. Do undocumented workers need to be shot dead or baked in an oven en masse for public outcry to reach levels that bring Arpaio's terrorism to a stop in Maricopa County?
Yesterday, Sheriff Joe staged a media orgy with a grin on his face. He welcomed the attention, in fact sought it, with a press release:
ARPAIO ORDERS MOVE OF HUNDREDS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS TO THEIR OWN TENT CITYThe time has come to wipe the smile of the face of this racist and inhumane goon for good. Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox gives us a call to action:
Electric Fence to Minimize Escape Risk
(PHOENIX, AZ.) At 1:00 PM tomorrow, Wednesday, February 4, 2009, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will order of approximately 200 illegal aliens to be chained and marched into a separate area of Tent City, their new place of incarceration until their sentences are served and the illegal aliens are deported to their home countries.
The move to Tent City frees up much needed space in the Sheriff's hard facilities serving as a management tool for potential jail overcrowding, Arpaio says.
More importantly, the move is a financially responsible alternative to taxpayers already over burdened by the economic drain imposed by a growing number of illegal aliens on social services like education and healthcare.
The move also facilitates security and transportation issues as well as provides easier and quicker access for foreign government visits to these inmates, the Sheriff says.
The move to Tent City also makes room for the future. Now that the Arizona state government has given Arpaio back his $1.6 million dollars slated for fighting illegal immigration, more arrests by the Sheriff's human smuggling unit and crime suppression operations are anticipated.Read the full release at The Sanctuary
Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox has vowed to seek a federal investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's decision to segregate illegal immigrants in his Tent City Jail.
"It's a brand new Washington, and we're going to have to use the Justice Department to look into this abuse," Wilcox said after Arpaio moved about 200 convicted illegal immigrants from the Durango Jail to a fenced area at Tent City Wednesday afternoon.
"You don't have to make us the laughing stock of the United States by doing stunts like this, and you don't have to abuse people. And that's what everybody is feeling," Wilcox said in the latest of several clashes between her and the sheriff.
Arpaio was not fazed.
"I would highly recommend that she volunteer to spend some time in the tents before she starts yapping away," he said. "How about spending a couple of nights in the tents like I did? I slept in the tents with all these inmates."
It's time to light up the switchboards in Washington, D.C., demanding Arpaio's leash be yanked so actions like this will not be repeated. Here is a preliminary listing of numbers to call:
- Attorney General Eric Holder: (202) 514-2001
- Dept. of Justice Office of Intergovernmental Affairs & Public Liaison: (202) 514-3465
- Department of Homeland Security Comment Line: (202) 282-8495
America's Voice also has a petition on its Arpaio page, calling for an investigation of human rights abuses to be conducted by the Department of Justice.
Enough is Enough. ¡Ya Basta!