Joe Arpaio Retaliates Against Katherine Figueroa, Hits Uncle Sam's with Immigration Raid
Chuy Arpaio holding court after arresting dangerous cooks, busboys and dishwashers at Uncle Sam's on Wednesday
Remember when Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyer Tim Casey told federal Judge G. Murray Snow that, "The MCSO is out of the federal immigration enforcement business"?
That was during a hearing in June following Snow's ruling in Melendres v. Arpaio that the MCSO is guilty of racial profiling. Snow has ordered the MCSO to end its unconstitutional targeting of Latinos.
Well, Casey can eat his words, as Arpaio's goons raided two locations of the local family restaurant Uncle Sam's on Wednesday, arresting 10 people on state charges of ID theft and forgery.
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Those taken into custody likely are undocumented, and so must use false identities and social security numbers to work at spots like Uncle Sam's.
You know, making the food you have eaten, cleaning the dishes you have dirtied, and emptying the trash bins you have filled.
Chuy Joe, really, time for a new toupee...
The raid, the first of its kind since Snow's watershed ruling in May, wherein he enjoined the MCSO from enforcing federal civil immigration law, was in clear retaliation for U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's cutting 13 year-old Katherine Figueroa's parents a break Wednesday, administratively closing their case.
Katherine's parents Sandra and Carlos were arrested by MCSO thugs during a similar immigration raid on Phoenix's Lindstrom Family Auto Wash in 2009. At the time, Katherine was nine, and watched her mom and dad being zip-tied and led away on local TV.
Her tearful appeal to President Obama for help was filmed by videographer Dennis Gilman and activist Lydia Guzman. Gilman's YouTube video later went viral.
Katherine went on to testify before Congress and participate in pro-immigration demonstrations in Phoenix.
Her quest to free her parents became part of the award-winning documentary Two Americans, by filmmakers Valeria Fernandez and Dan DeVivo, wherein her actions are contrasted with Arpaio's.