Immigration Enforcement

Is this a New York state of mind?

Apr. 13, 2008 12:00 AM

Editor’s note: Following is an excerpt of a letter Len Sherman, co-author of America’s Toughest Sheriff and Joe’s Law, sent to the New York Times in response to its editorial Wednesday on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

I lived in or around New York City for close to the first 40 years of my life. So I get the whole New-York-is-the-center-of-the-world zeitgeist.

I not only get it, I agree. I agree that New York today is the Rome of 2,000 years ago, the global intersection of politics, commerce and culture. I get the arrogance of New Yorkers, the us-against-southern senators/rats/French tourists/slush/Red Sox/and virtually everyone and everything else.

I get it.

What I don’t get is the arrogance of the New York Times, not in taking on Arizona and immigration, but taking on Arizona and immigration in such a shoddy, cavalier manner – and not only once, but again and again.

Item: In discussing the sheriff’s enthusiastic employment of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, providing the legal authority for state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate, detain and arrest illegal aliens on civil and criminal grounds, the editorial states that his 160 federally-trained deputies are augmented by “what the sheriff says, without apology, is a 3,000 member ‘posse.’ ”

The paper quotes the sheriff detailing that 500 posse members are armed, and come equipped with their own airplanes, jeeps, motorcycles, etc., while stating that “state and county officials” claimed that the sheriff had “grossly violated” the terms of 287(g). The implication is that this is somehow a problem – no, a danger – all those gun-crazy cowboys running around, violating civil rights, shooting up the town.

Fact: In the long history of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse, no posse member has ever shot anyone.


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1 Comment »

  1. Sheriff Joe is a well respected member of our community. Its sad to see the Pro Immigration crowd attack his progress. The latest since they can’t stop Sheriff Joe and his posse is to start pulling his funding so he will stop arresting Illegal Immigrants.

    Comment by Loren | May 29, 2008

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