Bill Montgomery's Victims Plead Not Guilty En Masse as Their Children Weep

The injustice of Montgomery's practice, one the county attorney could easily alter by charging these men and women with lesser counts, or not at all (like their employers who escape law enforcement scrutiny, natch) is written all over the faces of these defendants, faces filled with meekness, stoicism, and premature aging, brought on by years if not decades of manual labor.

The women in particular appear haggard and beaten down, with gray or graying hair, robbed of all dignity in shackles and jailhouse stripes. Hard work , poverty and the rigors of child-rearing have added a decade or more to their looks. And all they ask is the freedom to work a few more decades until death.

This assembly-line justice reminds me of the grueling, daily Kafka-esque treatment of the undocumented in Operation Streamline, a similarly ugly legal practice on the federal level, which I have written about at length.

Indeed, Montgomery and the Obama administration have much in common when it comes to immigration. Both publicly support comprehensive immigration reform, while pursuing policies that separate families, and render removable, aliens who for all intents and purposes, are not criminals.

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How can the backers of the SANE initiative rationalize their dealings with Montgomery?

For instance, Montgomery, a Republican, has espoused support for the so-called SANE immigration proposal, a watered down version of comprehensive immigration reform that has been endorsed by a panoply of progressive groups locally.

A key component of SANE is allowing the undocumented to apply for "temporary legal residency," wherein the applicant will "pay a processing fee and undergo a background check."

"Those with felony convictions," it states, "(other than individual identity violations) will be deported." (Italics added.)

Thus, Montgomery agrees to an exception for the very individuals he currently is prosecuting. These are people Montgomery chooses to prosecute in such a way that they remain in Arpaio's jails indefinitely, coercing them to plead guilty to crimes that make them deportable from the United States.

Despite Montgomery's claims to be opposed to the Obama administration's policies toward the undocumented, they are in fact partners.

As I've already exposed, in early 2012, attorneys from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement instructed MCAO attorneys on how to prosecute undocumented workers, so as to secure their removal.

I also published a PowerPoint used by ICE in the seminar, which was held on county property. That PowerPoint now serves as a blueprint for deportation, one used by MCAO prosecutors.

But back to the hearing, where the former Sportex workers were treated worse than the most heinous criminals.

The large courtroom was packed with their family members and with activists from the Phoenix civil rights group Puente, who were present to witness the proceedings and to protest them with a march from the courthouse to Montgomery's offices at Third Avenue and Jefferson Street.


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balex0202
balex0202

Each year the Border Patrol apprehends hundreds of thousands of aliens who flagrantly violate our nation's laws by unlawfully crossing U.S. borders. Such illegal entry is a misdemeanor, and, if repeated after being deported, becomes punishable as a felony.  The immigration authorities currently estimate that two-thirds to three-fifths of all illegal immigrants are EWIs and the remainder is overstayers. Both types of illegal immigrants are deportable under Immigration and Nationality Act Section 237 (a)(1)(B) which says: "Any alien who is present in the United States in violation of this Act or any other law of the United States is deportable."

Ah ah ah...Easy now with thee name calling MotherJones.  Don't want to expose to much of your intellect here.  LOL!!!

 

balex0202
balex0202

Each year the Border Patrol apprehends hundreds of thousands of aliens who flagrantly violate our nation's laws by unlawfully crossing U.S. borders. Such illegal entry is a misdemeanor, and, if repeated after being deported, becomes punishable as a felony. The immigration authorities currently estimate that two-thirds to three-fifths of all illegal immigrants are EWIs and the remainder is overstayers. Both types of illegal immigrants are deportable under Immigration and Nationality Act Section 237 (a)(1)(B) which says: "Any alien who is present in the United States in violation of this Act or any other law of the United States is deportable."

 Easy with the name calling "Top Commenter" This is a heinous crime, regardless of your tough guy comments!

brettalex2
brettalex2

Anger problem Comrade?  Whether you agree with it or not, illegal is a crime and it is certainly not a race.  Try and understand this, even though it may be a little deep for you.  These people are in active felony status just by residing in this country unlawfully and without this country's permission.  It's written in the letter of the law.  This is not my opinion, just fact and not any loud mouthed angry ranting.  Please don't hate me because I'm educated and come from means.   Oh yeah, for anyone interested in illegals stealing your child's identity here is some good info:       http://kidsandidtheft.eu.pn/   Comrade, thank you for the laugh!  Your gibberish has the entire office in a uproar!  Poor fella.


gailross5555
gailross5555

MCSO  and MCAO target anyone who does not agree with their policies or who is an easy railroaded victim anyone of brown color, anyone with prior record of any kind and anyone poor enough to require a public pretender)  They are responsible for crimes against humanity and this truth will be revealed. We must stand together without racial divisions (they promote that) the old divide and conquer. Peaceful non compliance and the knowledge that Corporate govt entities have been legally foreclosed may provide the impetus to stop all the lies.  Please check out the TRUTH about what will eventually makes things better for everyone-One Peoples Public Trust...read the flyer...go to the website and get inspired for a new and improved future.

deniseaz2003
deniseaz2003

if any can recall, in the issue of ID theft ,, a few years back in i believe in 08 or 09 , there was an few news reports on a guy from an mortgage company , arrested at Sky Harbor , trying to leave the nation , he was carrying mass amount of cash , and a whole slew mass of ID cards and information, all the Shruff supporters was crying the man was an Mexican,, however , when the full truth came out , that the guy was Anglo ,, not a word ,, nadda ,, zipo ,, not a single word , there has been slew of such stories and each and every time they go to find fault with those not responsible for the crime ,,, but when an anglo gets nabbed , ,all they do is go HUSH ,,, we do not talk about crime via the anglo ,, 


guess they are blind , dumb, and ignorant ,,,,, ohhhh wait, , that is JUST THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BE A JoKKKe Supporter ..

LEMONSISANASS
LEMONSISANASS

Victims?  You have a twisted mentality Mr. Lemons.  How dare you try to compare  an immature, irresponsible teenager foolishly trying to use a fake ID so they can drink, to millions of  adults who are knowingly in this country illegally, using fraudulent documentation to take jobs opportunities away from US Citizens, flooding our hospitals for care they never plan on paying for while forcing the cost of care to go up for US citizens, flooding our school systems with ESL students that law abiding citizens also pay for - while US citizen's educational pace is degraded, getting in car accidents with no insurance and no intention of bearing the responsibility of liability, and no intention of following our laws or defending and upholding our Constitution or Bill of Rights.  The video attached proves that once you remove the people who fraudulently obtain jobs meant for US citizens, plenty of US citizens apply for these jobs.  US citizens are the victims, not the law breaking foreigners who refuse to come here legally like the millions of people with green cards or the 3/4 of million people who become Naturalized citizens annually.

http://youtu.be/Y34U07CxVm0

leonardclark
leonardclark

Thanks for speaking truth to power Danzigsdaddy and David ! The haters won't stop until there is violence and that's all they want.

Leonard Clark

leonardclark
leonardclark

Thank you to Mr. Lemons, for not letting these politicians out of the spot light who use hate and provocation to violence to get votes and popularity while spitting in the face of humanity !

robert_graham
robert_graham

Do you really expect us to be touched and feel sorry for them.  Nice job for using those kids as poster children in hopes of pulling on our heart strings but truth is what part about IDENTITY THEFT IS A CRIME don't some people understand? And what part about ILLEGAL ALIEN WORKERS DO STEAL AMERICAN JOBS don't some people understand either. So what if it the raids break illegal alien families apart.  And so what if they were only working to feed their families because American citizens are trying to feed their families too.  Those jobs in Tempe were clearly jobs that citizens would want so why weren't they given those jobs first?  It is not true that illegal aliens only do jobs that Americans don't want.  But apparently illegal aliens think they can just waltz into this country and take our jobs and that they are above the law. Well sorry, it doesn't work that way.  No charges will be dropped and we don't feel sorry for them.  In fact, several more workplace raids are in the works right now.  It's time that American citizens are given those jobs. Let those illegal alien children cry us a river but there are many children of unemployed American citizens who are weeping because their parents can't find work. And we do feel sorry for them.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@brettalex2 "Try and understand this, even though it may be a little deep for you.  These people are in active felony status just by residing in this country unlawfully and without this country's permission.  It's written in the letter of the law.  "

That is a lie. 

According to the US Supreme Court's decision in Arizona v. US: "As a general rule, it is not a crime for a removable alien to remain present in the United States."

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-182b5e1.pdf

Try reading it w/out moving your lips, dumbass.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@LEMONSISANASS   and if they hired illegals the first time around, what is going to prevent them from hiring more illegals? nobody is making them hire illegals, and nobody is punishing them for hiring them either. are you telling me NO citizens applied for those jobs? if all the illegals are taking the jobs, someone is hiring them over the citizens, that or no citizens are applying

Comrade
Comrade

LEMONSISANASS. YOU ARE DESPICABLE, Stop playing with your pussy, wash Your hands and do some research before openning Your pie hole, then direct Your ignorant rants to the employers, but first to the U. S. goverment that long time ago they had to fill certain Quota of immigrants in order to make this country a "POWERFUL ONE" by allowing legal and "ILLegal" immigrants to come over every certain period of time, therefore getting "addicted" to the cheap labor and the profit that resulted from that...and untill this day that "addiction" prevails, -specially the "Illegal" one- to the point that the goverment, the politicians and the employers know that getting rid of it, it'll prove desastrous for this "POWERFUL" country, ergo, they wont do shit about it or risk to become the THIRD WORLD COUNTRY that it was before. BTW, as far as I know, U R the "Illegal" one here, specially if Your ancestors are from Europe and INVADED this AMERICAN CONTINENT,making them "ILLEGALS" as soon as they touched ground, making You an "Illegal" even before You were born, U R NOT American either... the Only TRUE AMERICANS are the NATIVE AMERICANS, MEXICANS, CENTRAL AMERICANS AND SOUTH AMERICANS,  due to their Ancestors belonging to this AMERICAN CONTINENT. THINK.

Comrade
Comrade

JoseArpaioFlores, I think that by now You know that seems like the POS Shurf suffered a STROKE. Probably someone gave Him bad news about the RECALL, and the OLD FART couldn't take it and BAAAMMM!! down to the floor where He belongs along with the trash What a PUSSY.  I said it before; he is so chicken that probably He is gonna try to use that shit to avoid the RECALL. There You have it Jaffy...... or would we be so lucky that He's gonna  hang the boots?N-WAY He is SHITLESS SCARED, BTW Jaffy start looking for another hole, ASS SUCKER. HASTA LA VISTA AMIGO.

dee_perezscott
dee_perezscott

@JoeArpaioFan You prove your ignorance by NOT being knowledgeable of the crime. Identity Theft is NOT "making up an SS number" as those in this case. ID Theft is stealing an identity to STEAL Funds of the victim. Example: In Florida, there is an ID Theft ring used TurboTax to steal SS numbers to steal their 2013 tax refunds. The most frequent culprits are family members who steal their relatives' info to steal from the victim's bank or retirement accounts.

You are obviously filled with hate for minorities. I'm sure you hate for Black President also.

I almost feel sorry for you. SO filled with hate!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan   i want you to read something you said  "Those jobs in Tempe were clearly jobs that citizens would want so why werent they given those jobs first?" now i want you to stop and think about that. who gave them the jobs? who is not giving the jobs to the citizens? they cant hire themselves Robert. the person you should be screaming for action against is the guy hiring them. once the raid is over, that company will hire more illegal immigrants. they did it the first time and they know they are not in any trouble, so why wouldnt they hire more? all we are doing with these sweeps is creating more job opportunities for them. for every one Joe removes, probably 10 more will come here for the job. he is not doing anything to stop immigration, and that is your whole platform of him doing his job. but the problem is it is NOT effective and is doing nothing to stem the flow

david_saint01
david_saint01

@JoeArpaioFan lol ive overheard Americans bitching and moaning in a line at the store about how illegals take all the jobs and they cant get one..so i offered them an interview..not one called, nor showed. Fact is, those that bitch the most really just dont want to work and are using illegals as the excuse. And the what part applies to the joe supporters too..what part about fabricating charges against judges being illegal dont YOU understand? speaking of waltzing in and taking over, lol might want to read up one some history books and learn how we took this land...its hypocritical at face value as an argument. Lastly, i feel sorry for you...for being born with such a mental handicap. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

the whole time you are claiming he is doing his job, the job you are talking about is just busy work that is accomplishing absolutely nothing

interloper
interloper

@danzigsdaddy It accomplishes Arpaio's PR objectives, which is the only thing that matters to Arpaio. He knows that his fans are either unwilling to or not intelligent enough to see what is behind the facade.  Image is everything.

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