Joe Arpaio Victim Katherine Figueroa: Her Parents Face Deportation July 17

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Can we just boot Joe from the country, and keep Katherine and her family? (See video, page 2)

When the deputies of serial racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio raided Phoenix's Lindstrom Family Auto Wash in 2009, on the hunt for undocumented car-cleaners, they did so with the full authority of the federal government.

It was June of that year, and Arpaio still had his force of 160 officers trained (badly, it turns out) by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under ICE's 287(g) program.

A few months later, ICE jerked Joe's 287(g) street authority, but Arpaio being Arpaio, he continued his immigration sweeps and worksite raids, vowing that nothing would change.

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ICE had empowered a media-obsessed egomaniac, and that Frankenstein monster would not bow so easily, even when the U.S. Department of Justice denounced the MCSO's biased policing and sued the sheriff to make the point.

Only federal Judge G. Murray Snow's recent ruling in Melendres that Arpaio's office engages in racial profiling, and his order that the MCSO must stop, has boxed in Arpaio, for the moment.

Joe could start up the worksite operations tomorrow, as these nominally enforce state law.

At least, that's the sham excuse that would allow the MCSO to continue hunting Hispanics, despite Joe's lawyer telling the court that, "The MCSO is out of the federal immigration enforcement business."

Go to NotOneMoreDeportation.com and sign the petitions to spare these families more suffering.

But the federal government created this situation, and it must act to ameliorate the deleterious effects of its policies on the human beings, the moms and dads, the sons and daughters, the grandmothers and grandfathers, who are separated from their families for no good reason.

The human rights group Puente is not waiting for an immigration-reform bill that seems unlikely to make it through the U.S. House of Representatives, one that, in any case, seems increasingly punitive with every twist and turn.

Nor are its members holding their breaths for President Obama to do what he should do: halt all deportations until immigration reform is on his desk, ready to be signed.

Rather, Puente is fighting a family-by-family battle to prevent the deportations of those victimized by Arpaio's raids and sweeps, and those who have fallen prey to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's apartheid policy of overcharging the undocumented, with forgeries that make it less likely they will be able to avoid removal.

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ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Ten car wash workers from Mexico have more value to this society than one Senile Shurf. That's truth enough.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Mr. Lemons, Great journalism. Truth to power is not liked by the "haters" commenting in this blog.  Looks like you riled up the hornet's nest once again with the truth they do not want to hear. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

What we really need to do is select a candidate as early as possible, work our asses off to elevate his/her profile, raise money for a potential campaign, make sure our candidate scores high-profile endorsements, etc.

My ideal candidate is business friendly, will enforce all laws equally, and takes cases seriously.

On the other side of the coin, Congress needs to get off its ass if it hopes to ever resolve the issues facing us. In order for immigration reform to be successful, Congress needs to overhaul the way employers hire employees, tighten border security, include a pathway to citizenship, and make the immigration process more efficient.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Joe Arpaio is a shameless political whore that exploits people's misery and fear. On top of that he is a wasteful, piss poor administrator. I don't think families in this situation should be separated. The child is a US citizen and her parents should be allowed to stay and take care of her. However, I don't think there should be a pathway to citizenship for the parents. Citizenship assumes a recognition of laws and processes something ignored by those who come without documentation. The immigration process has to be expedited. Many more people should be allowed to come legally. It's obvious there is a place for them since most are here and function just fine already.

musbrotherhood
musbrotherhood

THE GROUP "ANONYMOUS " SAID TODAY THEY HAVE PROOF THAT Sheriff Joe Arpaio IS A MEMBER OF NAMBLA :(

robert_graham
robert_graham

DEPORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

robert_graham
robert_graham

By the way, more raids are on the way because identity theft is a crime.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Oh poor little Katherine...really?  Her parents face deportation because they are illegal aliens!  The anchor baby is not a victim. 

So where's the articles about the thousands of American citizen children who lose their American citizen parents to arrests for things such as DUI, burglary, etc.. Or do you just care about anchor babies!

Deport!

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

I am not sure why the child doesn't just go with her parents, if they are eventually deported.  They knew when they came here illegally that this was a possibility.  Yet, they had the anchor, in hopes it would hold the family here somehow.  It didn't.

We are not the ones separating families, the illegals are.  They leave their families in Mexico to come here, then leave the families here, illegally, if they are caught and deported.  Can't there be an end game in this mess at all?

Sorry, but I have sympathy for the girl's plight, but blame it on her parents, not on our laws. If Puente and other activists put half the effort into trying to speed up the legal immigration of their countrymen, I might even support them.  But, the way things stand now, illegal immigrants should not be given one break at all.  

 Send them back home and tell them to get in line with the others.  If this country is so good to them, they shouldn't mind following the rules, should they?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Do the crime, accept the consequences.

Immigration policy should change, but until it does, those who break the law face consequences.


jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

I think a pathway to citizenship will sink any reform. A pathway will be an incentive to come without documentation. Now if work visas and so forth were much easier to get, why would anyone risk coming without? Thus an incentive to follow the process. Once someone is here with proper documentation, he can pursue permanent residence and THEN citizenship. No incentive to come illegally, every incentive to come legally.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@jonnyquest You are an idiot!  The family should be separated just as much as any American citizen parents of children should be hauled off to prison when they commit a crime.  Or do you only care about anchor babies?

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan Identity theft is not what Arpaio stops. Even he had his credit card info stolen and it wasn't by an undocumented worker. Arpaio wouldn't know how to charge real ID theft if it bit him in the ass. Have you read his book yet? 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan   The lawmakers have made everything a crime to build their jails, prisons and detention centers for the profiteers in all this -- except for those in power who manage to get only a slap on the wrist or their cases bungled. 


Felonies in Arizona are often misdemeanors in other states. Arizona continues to thumb its nose at the U.S. Constitution while calling themselves "patriots". Hypocrites all.

jbunny
jbunny

@bob_lablaw96 I think for the most part, parents that come here illegally would prefer to follow the rules. In general, people commit certain types of crimes out of desperation. When was the last time you heard about a wealthy Scottsdale resident committing armed robbery? When people come here illegally, there's a good chance they feel that they have no other options. When one has mouths to feed and there are no job opportunities, a person may do things they may not normally do. Sending them home so they can get in line with the others may not be a practical option, as it requires many years of waiting, and starving and sleeping on a dirt floor in the meantime. I think your question of an end game to this mess is a good one, the problem is that it's not as black and white as everyone would like, and there are no easy answers to the end game.

Until we've walked in someone shoes, we shouldn't judge. If I had a child who was malnourished and not properly educated, with no job opportunities and a corrupt government/law enforcement system that wouldn't protect me from drug cartels (common problem in small towns in Mexico), I honestly don't know what I would do. I'd like to think I'd figure something out, legally, but who can really say? I haven't been there.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@bob_lablaw96 Hey, Bob, as Lemdawg suggests, let's send your cracker-ass back to Europe and keep KAtherine and her family. They make better American citizens than you any day of the week, anchor-brain.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Jonny, part of the issue is the process of obtaining permanent residence/citizenship.

There's too much government red tape bogging down the process and it can take people years to obtain.

By making the process more efficient, we can helpthose who want to come here legally.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @jonnyquest They already were seperated and did jail time for working. As unfair a law as it is-they did there time. What else do you propose? Death? Why punish a chilkd? Have you read Arpaio's book? Do you know he admitted he never wrote it? Oh ya-one last question: Are you still getting those pop ups that no one else is? 

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Federal law provides a process whereby a US citizen can sponsor and give legal status to someone wishing to come to this country. The law should be modified to accommodate cases like this one. So when Joe is gone are you going to do freelance personal service? Just wondering...

robert_graham
robert_graham

@MotherJones @JoeArpaioFan I never said I hate all mexicans - just illegal ones.  Hating illegal aliens is not racist.

jbunny
jbunny

@JoeArpaioFan @allanbartlett It's kind of hard to stop fixating on that fact because it's so outrageous and disgusting. Why should we think of sometihng new? Where is the justice for those underage victims, and why are those molesters and rapists roaming free? My tax dollars should be paying for law enforcement--in my opinion, that means keeping children safe from predators. Sorry it's kinda hard to just let that go...

azlefti
azlefti

@JoeArpaioFan @allanbartlett So you admit to being one of the protected ones.....................Thanks

MotherJones
MotherJones

Sorry, I should have said WHITE BOY yella belly. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MotherJones  

Read a book.  The Jews didn't enter Germany illegally and weren't violating any laws.   You debate like a 2 year old child.

 

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

I'm no expert on immigration. But it certainly seems to take way longer to come legally than it should. I agree that the process MUST be speeded up. Citizenship is an entirely different matter. For those who follow the process, citizenship can be a goal. Citizenship means a recognition of laws and processes. Those who ignore the laws should not be rewarded with the right to vote. A work visa or legal residence YES! The right to vote NO!

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

He gets pop ups from his personal service.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan Supporting Aparthied is worse than racism.  Have you read Joe's book yet? 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

No MotherJones, what Hitler, the SA, the SS and the gestapo did was terrorize what we classify as a protected class of people simply because Hitler was a failure (he was booted from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts twice) and he needed a scapegoat.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@valleynative @MotherJones You are who is not mature. I bet you think that all shoplifters should be set free too don't you?

MotherJones
MotherJones

@valleynative @MotherJones Yeah, if the shoe fits. And you're wrong. Ever hear of the Nuremberg laws idiot? If you had more than GED (assuming you even have that, dope), you'd know what I'm talking about. Google it, twinkletoes.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MotherJones

Do I really have to explain whether what the Nazi's did was "legal" in their view has nothing at all to do with my point?   The question is whether the Jews had broken any laws, as the illegals being deported clearly have.

Name calling, too?

MotherJones
MotherJones

@valleynative @MotherJones Everything the NAzis did was "legal," That's the point, dunderhead. As far as coming here illegally, would that be your white ancestors who did that? The ones who killed the Indians?

Debate like a child? You ARE a child.

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