Joe Arpaio's Jails Off Limits to Federal Immigration Detainees, John Morton Tells Bill Montgomery

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ICE honcho John Morton, back when the two guys to the left were still in office...

In case Sheriff Joe Arpaio missed the gist of the fiat handed down Thursday by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ending Arpaio's 287(g) jails agreement, John Morton, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, doubled down on the dictate.

In a letter dated December 15 to County Attorney Bill Montgomery, the ICE honcho informed Montgomery that ICE is pulling all federal immigration detainees from Joe's jails.

Morton's missive states that in light of the U.S. Department of Justice's report on Arpaio's civil rights abuses, he's taking certain actions, "until MCSO addresses the findings...and corrects the violations."

These include:

Withdrawing any immigration detainees from facilities operated by MCSO;

Terminating MCSO's 287(g) program;

Restricting MCSO's access to Secure Communities technology; and,

Ceasing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) responses to MCSO traffic stops, civil infractions, or other minor offenses.

Morton explained, 

"These steps will ensure that ICE detainees are not subject to the violations detailed in the Department of Justice's report and that ICE's immigration enforcement programs are not inadvertently a part of constitutional abuses..."

You can read the letter, here.

This is where the Michelin meets the blacktop. The announcement represents an immediate, tangible fallout from Arpaio's racial-profiling ways. And we don't even have to wait for a DOJ lawsuit. 

And yet the inconvenient question remains...

Why did ICE play patty-cake with the MCSO for more than three years as the DOJ's civil investigation was ongoing, and in doing so, dirty its hands with the very same civil rights violations the DOJ today denounced?

Truth is, Nappy and ICE and DHS would love to keep 287(g) in Joe's jails, even now. 'Cause that's where the warm bodies are -- those belonging to the undocumented. 

See, Arpaio's gulags are the repository of accused inmates for the entire county. There, Joe's cross-trained 287(g) officers have been allowed to play ICE agent, picking through detainees, hunting illegal immigrants, who were then often turned over to ICE.

Thus, ripping up the feds' 287(g) agreement with the MCSO is as much a loss for ICE as it is for Arpaio. 

ICE and DHS are all about numbers, numbers that prove their worth to U.S. Senators and Representatives, the ones who approve their budgets.

So you can bet Nappy's not happy having to make this move eliminating Arpaio's 287(g) in the jails.

We often assume "the feds" to be a monolithic entity. In reality, agencies compete for resources and they often have conflicting agendas.

And what's good for the U.S. Constitution, for an end to racial profiling and for the further boxing-in of Sheriff Joe is not necessarily good for ICE or DHS.

Not by a long shot. 

Today, Joe lost a battle. But so did Napolitano. 

Was she outflanked by the DOJ with this move? 

Not that it matters, of course. As long as she and her paisan lost.


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Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Please listen to lieutenant Mike-stauffer radio interview

Please consider voting for lieutenant Mike-stauffer for our next Maricopa sheriff.

Link below

http://theloushow.com/2011/12/...

Phil
Phil

The real issue is now he is costing us even MORE money by not having those inmates in his jails. WAKE UP PEOPLE! He is a drain on this county both in reputation and money while laughing at us all the way to the bank!!!!!!!!!!

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Sheriff Arpaio shame on you even if the man in custody was being abusive or combative that is not a reason to beat him or take his life.Sheriff Arpaio you are the one responsible for these atrocity's perpetrated on Arizona Citizens by your jail staff. I ask you sheriff Joe Arpaio what ever happened to the i am the sheriff and i make the decisions in my Sheriff office you and your staff have blood on your hands. You need to resign today sheriff Arpaio.

svivar9087
svivar9087

Finally !  Out with the old and useless and in with order and professionalism....but again it is arizona =(

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

I wouldn't want to be a pimple anywhere on that egomaniac incompetent fool's body. Hey, why don't YOU stand in line and buy one of "his" books that he's never read.

resign for sake of arizona
resign for sake of arizona

It will be interesting if joe shows up for fiesta bowl parade in his old broken tank as there for sure be a lot of booing when he goes by

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Stephen, Great reporting. We come here to get your take on all the misinformation circulating around. Do not buy the MCAO/MCSO sound-bytes, playing victim once again..... 

JD
JD

So no more shameless publicity from the "lawman" after his crime busting immigration sweeps of dishwashers and gardeners? God forbid he actually has to go after outstanding felony warrants now and child molesters....that would take real police work...the horror!!! 

Peteclark10
Peteclark10

 If The DOJ (Who BY COINCIDENCE is being investigated for covering up selling guns to mexico) had any real evidence then why is there no charges??...A political tactic only sheep follow..You wont even see him lose his job!!..DOJ has no authority over Arpaio,just noise,and a losing long lawsuit when Holder wastes our money for political pandering!!

INTIMIDATER3
INTIMIDATER3

BUNCH OF COMMIE LIBERALS THAT DONT EVEN HAVE A CLUE THAT THIS COUNTRY IS GOING DOWN THE TUBES WITH A QUICKNESS BECAUSE OF VIEWS LIKE YOURS.TAKE A LOOK AROUND. LOOK UP UP WHO ARE THE MAJORITY NOW FOOLS. REMEMBER THE SAYING "AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE?" ITS NOT GONNA BE IN A FEW MORE YEARS LIKE THIS THE WAY YOU GUYS BELIEVE. ITLL BE "AS AMERICAN AS EMPANADAS!"

Anon
Anon

Phil, Well said.

Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen / Taxpayer

.... "Imagine a full-fledged corporate public relations campaign designed to whip up crime hysteria in order to increase profits.

The most worrisome aspect of prison privatization is the inevitable emergence of a private "prison lobby" concerned not with social welfare but with increasing its dividends, not with doing good, but with doing well. Sentencing guidelines, parole rules, corrections budgets, and new criminal legislation are areas in which private prison operators have a vested interest and could influence policy decisions. They could also benefit by manipulating public fear of crime. Unlike most other public policy arenas, criminal justice policy is largely determined not by the realities of crime but by its perception. That the fear of crime is exploited by politicians and "reality television" programming is a truism; but imagine a full-fledged corporate public relations campaign designed to whip up crime hysteria in order to increase profits."  Wake up people!!

Jason
Jason

DOJ is federal, dumbass. They have authority over the Flaccid Failure.  

The MCSO shurf is just a crooked, corrupt, career criminal who will be indicted.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

copy and paste #4

Car_del99
Car_del99

INTIMIDATED ..go hide under the bed before the " boogeyman " gets you , HURRY !!!

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

God bless America and thank God that we still live in a country where everyone enjoys our unalienable civil rights that are protected by our constitution.Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not allowed to trample over them news flash for Sheriff Joe Arpaio you are not above the law you have taken an oath to protect our constitution as a law man and failed us.When sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies run rough shot over any one person civil rights we all suffer and pay for it.I feel sorry for all the rest of our Arizona citizens that can't see beyond there bias or hatred towards people of other ethnicity's.At the end of the day in my opinion this is about a sheriff who has let us down and for his self aggrandizement and has polarized this issue for his political gain. 

Amadeus332
Amadeus332

You keep sucking on Arpaios "Empa-Nalgas" attaboy cowboy!

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I LIKE EMPANADAS, AND CHILAQUILES, TACOS, BURRITOS, PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING IN THE MEXICAN MENU, BESIDES, APPLE PIE JUST MAKES YOUR FAT ASS BIGGER.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

What do you think "Sentencing Guidelines" will contain in the future, in a system of  "For - Profit - Prisons"? Factor in the racism and the discrimination that was just unveiled by the DOJ report, and you have a truly toxic mix. And the Feds will foot the bill, right?

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Your words in God's ear,but how come this travesty was allowed to go on for years and years and years, even for 3 1/2 years after the investigation began?Could it be that this racism, the utter brutality is part of our culture, our way of life?!Does anyone remember when he and his henchmen marched several thousand inmates through downtown PHX in pink underwear, flip-flops and handcuffs? A blatant violation of fundamental human rights, for everyone to see. Virtually no reaction from those who could have stopped it. The AZ Republic sported a full color picture of the travesty on the front page. Doesn't this whole disaster painfully lay bare who we really are and how we live ?

Junior Bonner
Junior Bonner

FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE IF IN FACT YOU ARE A VETERAN. YOU HAVE MY UTMOST RESPECT. SECOND OF ALL, EVERYTHING YOU JUST NAMED WILL MAKE YOU FAT. MOST EVERYTHING YOU JUST NAMED IS FRIED IN FAT. AND I LIKE ALL THOSE THINGS AS WELL. BUT THAT REALLY WASNT MY POINT. I LIKE TO HOPE YOU WERE JUST JOKING! YOU FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY. I JUST WANT TO SEE OUR COUNTRY STAY AMERICAN. WHERE AMERICANS OUTNUMBER THE NON AMERICANS. BECAUSE WHATS THE POINT IF WE ARENT PROTECTING OUR WAY OF LIFE?

Jason
Jason

Hey!!

I like apple pie!!

Just ignore this fool. He will eventually go troll somewhere else.

Jason
Jason

Actually, you are the princess. STFU you fucking criminal.

And I am talking to you.

Jason
Jason

America is a nation of IMMIGRANTS numbskull.

I served in the U.S. Army and made many friends who were Hispanic during my time in boot camp.

I learned quite a bit during boot camp, including learning to swallow my pride. Maybe you should too.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Maybe he was home-schooled too long?

Bnbk
Bnbk

"SOMETIMES I STOP LONG ENOUGH" FOR TO SHOW" SOMEONE HOW THEY CAN LOSE THEIR TEETH BY PISSING ME OFF.  YOUR MASTERY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS QUITE IMPRESSIVE,ROLY POLY. YOU MUST HAVE ATTENDED & FAILED TO GRADUATE,THE SAME SCHOOL AS BRAIN FART BREWER,YES? DON'T WORRY YOU CAN STILL FOLLOW IN HER FOOTSTEPS & ATTAIN YOUR  G.E.D. IT'S NEVER TO LATE,BEACHBALL BOY!

Junior Bonner
Junior Bonner

HEY FUCKHEAD, I WASNT TALKIN TO YOU! AND ILL TYPE ANYWAY I WANT TO FUCKNUT. I DO LIKE YELLING. BUT I DONT ALWAYS. SOMETIMES I STOP LONG ENOUGH FOR TO SHOW SOMEONE HOW THEY CAN LOSE THEIR TEETH BY PISSIN ME OFF. ANYTHING ELSE PRINCESS?

Bnbk
Bnbk

MANY PEOPLE HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY YOU FLIPPEN IDIOT, BY THE WAY ARE,IS YOUR CAPS LOCK BROKEN OR DO YOU JUST LIKE YELLING. DUMBSHIT !

Jason
Jason

A nice cold beer (Sam Adams is preferred) along with a nice warm slice of apple pie sounds really good right now...

I know you were mocking this paranoid, racist fool. I will mock him too...

Jason
Jason

The illegal immigration situation is one that needs to be resolved by the U.S. and the immigrants' country of origin. The states do not have the authority, under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, to enforce federal immigration laws on their own.  

What we need is an overhaul of the entire immigration system.

You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. Sure sounds to me like you want to be part of the problem.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Jason, Brother, I like apple pie too, I don't think we are going to find anyone in America that doesn't, I was just mocking this racist, paranoid fool.

Car_del99
Car_del99

Believe or not." illegals" love this nation , Do you know why ? That's because they work here..Another thing, If the border was easy to cross most would leave at this time of year.Work here for 3 or 6 months  and leave...

Car_del99
Car_del99

How many Mex " terrorists " has done any harm to the U.S.A .?

Junior Bonner
Junior Bonner

YOU REALLY WANT TO COMPARE ONE STUPID ASS AGAINST  MILLIONS THAT KNOW ITS ILLEGAL TO COME HERE, BUT DO IT ANYWAY, THEN CRY THAT THEY ARE TREATED LIKE CRIMINALS?  THE PROBLEM IS NT NECCESSARILY THE ILLEGALS BEING HERE. SOME OF THEM DONT KNOW ANY BETTER. BUT PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE BY FAR WORSE BECAUSE YOU SUPPORT IT AND DONT THINK THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH BREAKING THE LAW. YOU ARE WHATS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY.

Amadeus332
Amadeus332

Amen...JB....needs Joe's "Pan Dulce" up his azz.

Amadeus332
Amadeus332

You should've asked.... TIMOTHY McVEIGH ........"IF WE THE UNITED STATES, CANT KEEP OUT A WOMAN CARRYING A KID, FROM CROSSING OUR BORDERS, HOW IN THE HELL ARE WE SUPPOSED TO KEEP TERRORISTS OUT THAT ARE ALOT MORE CUNNING, AND WANT TO KILL US"?....... The Oklahoma City Bomber....a U.S. White Boy and a U.S. born citizen....That hombre was very cunning!...sweet dreams Junior Bonner.

    

Bnbk
Bnbk

YOU SOUND LIKE YOU DO NEED SOMETHING SHOVED DOWN YOUR THROAT,YOU PARANOID BASTARD !

Junior Bonner
Junior Bonner

MY POINT, JASON, IS THAT IF WE DONT DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE GROWING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PROBLEM NOW, IN A FEW MORE YEARS, THERE WONT BE ANY AMERICANS LEFT TO MAKE APPLE PIE. I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD! IT IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE. BUT FOOD IS NOT THE PROBLEM. IM TALKING ABOUT THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE. WE SHOULDNT HAVE TO PRESS 1 FOR ENGLISH. THEY SHOULD KNOW ENGLISH TO BEGIN WITH. DO YOU THINK WE CAN PRESS 1 FOR ENGLISH IF WE WERE IN MEXICO? THINK AGAIN. THEY DONT RESPECT US AND LEAST OF ALL LIKE US. I LIKE MEXICO. AND I LIKE MEXICAN PEOPLE. BUT I WANT TO GO TO MEXICO TO SEE THEIR WAY OF LIFE. I SHOULDNT HAVE IT SHOVED DOWN MY THROAT HERE IN THE USA. THEY ALREADY OUTNUMBER US NOW. AND THIS DOESNT BOTHER YOU? IF IT DOESNT, IT SHOULD. 11 MILLION ILLEGALS HERE THAT WE KNOW OF. THAT DOESNT COUNT OF THE MILLIONS THAT WE DONT KNOW ABOUT. THERE WILL BE MORE IF SOMETHING ISNT DONE SOON. A FRIEND OF MINE SAID AWHILE BACK, IF WE THE UNITED STATES, CANT KEEP OUT A WOMAN CARRYING A KID, FROM CROSSING OUR BORDERS, HOW IN THE HELL ARE WE SUPPOSED TO KEEP TERRORISTS OUT THAT ARE ALOT MORE CUNNING, AND WANT TO KILL US?

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