Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith Endorses Andrew Thomas for AG, but Hasn't Followed Thomas' Lead on Charging Immigrants
Yet Smith, in his position since 2003, hasn't shown any support for one of Thomas' most successful programs -- charging illegal immigrants with conspiring to smuggle themselves into the country.
Thomas' controversial interpretation of the state's human-smuggling law has been upheld by the court system, yet -- as far as we're aware -- no other county attorney has followed his lead.
Image: Mohave County If Matt Smith, Mohave County Attorney, likes Andrew Thomas so much, why hasn't he pushed to prosecute immigrants for smuggling themselves, like Thomas did?
We can't tell you, because Smith won't return our calls. His secretary told us today that he did get the messages we left on Thursday and this morning.
Must be a tough question for him.
Of course, it's possible that no law enforcement agency outside Maricopa County has arrested an immigrant on suspicion of the conspiracy-to-smuggle-yourself charge, or ever submitted a case for potential prosecution.
Can Smith point to past statements he's made in which he's encouraged law officers in his county to go ahead and make the arrests, so that he could put Thomas' plan into action? Somehow, we doubt it.
And what of Thomas -- why is he so happy to get an endorsement from someone who had the chance to, as Sheriff Joe Arpaio puts it, "enforce all aspects of illegal immigration laws" -- but didn't?
Thomas' campaign has no comment on the matter to New Times.