Arizona Republic's Lame, Naive Solution to the Joe Arpaio Problem: Defund Sweeps
Does the Arizona Republic give a flip about these victims of Arpaio and Montgomery? Their loved ones were nabbed in a work site raid, not a sweep
The gaggle of physics professors over at the Arizona Republic's editorial board have outdone themselves, this time with a solution to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's racial-profiling ways.
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Ready? Here goes: Stop funding Arpaio's controversial anti-immigration sweeps.
Great idea, dudes and dudettes, you're only about, oh, five or six years late. Also, Arpaio's last sweep took place back in October of 2011, more than a year and a half-ago.
I can't wait for the Rep's next thought-provoking essay on the Reagan administration's arms-for-hostages scandal.
Did the folks who said grace over the unsigned editorial, "Stop funding Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration sweeps," bother to read federal Judge G. Murray Snow's blockbuster 142-page decision on the ACLU's big racial profiling case, Melendres v. Arpaio?
If so, remedial reading skills may be in order.
The sweeps were a big issue in the lawsuit, but the problem is much broader and deeper than sweeps the MCSO has discontinued. Though, as the judge points out, the MCSO had maintained that it still possesses the authority to do its Latino round-ups, if it wishes.
See, Snow's finding that the MCSO engages in biased policing, and his injunctions forbidding such activity in the future, affects several layers of the MCSO's anti-immigrant agenda.
For instance, MCSO's Human Smuggling Unit and the enforcement of Arizona's Human Smuggling Law is affected. Ditto Arpaio's Criminal Employment Squad, and CES raids on local businesses.
Normally, such raids are done under state forgery and ID theft laws, but these operations are still impacted by the decision, which is one reason the MCSO has temporarily halted work site raids.