Joe Arpaio Henchman Bill Montgomery Milks CIR While Separating Parents from Children
Monty: playing both ends for the benefit of numero uno
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is gettin' real popular with some in the pro-immigration reform crowd.
Never mind that he collaborates with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in prosecuting undocumented workers, while ignoring those who hire them.
Never mind that he is holding mothers, fathers, grandpas, and grandmas nonbondable in Arpaio's gulags, so as to coerce pleas that will make them deportable and barred from re-entering the country for 10 years or more.
Never mind that he looks the other way as white college kids guilty of the same crime of forgery or using another's identity -- to score booze instead of jobs -- are hit with misdemeanors.
With a national immigration reform bill on the way, there are some local groups and panels so devoid of conscience that they're welcoming this Janus-faced Mack the Knife with open arms, forgiving or forgetting his victimization of a whole class of people.
Below are a few of the events where Monty will be selling himself as some sort of moderate on immigration.
After all, he's endorsed the SANE immigration plan, backed by a number of progressive groups in the Valley, so he can't be all bad, can he?
I'll answer that question with a question, one I've asked before: If Arpaio were tomorrow to sign onto the SANE plan, while vowing to continue his immigrant-hunting raids, would these august panels and organizations be inviting the sheriff to rub shoulders with them?
If the answer is "no," why are they rewarding one of Arpaio's collaborators in persecution with praise, and giving him a seat at the table?
This is exactly what Monty's been waiting so long for, biding his time, giving lip service to the idea of CIR while not lifting a finger to affect reality on the ground.
Now, he's ready to cash in, and receive all the plaudits, the applause and the adulation he believes he deserves.
Maybe you can buy the big lie that Monty has displayed some sort of courage with his stand.
I cannot, because I know differently.