Acting upon orders from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, the US Justice Department went to war with Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio this week, alleging that Arpaio had employed racial profiling to identify and deport illegal immigrants.
This basically means that Obama went after Arpaio for enforcing immigration laws in the U.S. border state of Arizona, which goes against the president’s agenda to defer deportation to potentially millions of individuals living in the United States illegally.
Western Journalism reported that the DOJ, the ACLU, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the law firm Holder currently works for all filed a civil lawsuit against Arpaio in federal court alleging that he had used racial profiling.
The issue at hand is how Arpaio responded to the Obama administration’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s refusal to accept illegals. Instead of transporting illegals to the ICE, Arpaio instead sent them to the offices of the US Border Patrol. He did this because he knew they would be released if he handed them over to the ICE.
In 2013 alone, Western Journalism found that Customs Enforcement (ICE) freed 36,007 convicted criminal aliens who had nearly 88,000 convictions, including 193 homicide convictions, 426 sexual assault convictions, and 303 kidnapping convictions.
When Arpaio was called to the stand in 2015, he hired a private investigator to investigate the U.S. District Judge Murray Snow and the judge’s wife who was presiding over the suit. The sheriff claimed that Snow’s wife told an acquaintance Snow “hates” Arpaio.
Snow then issued several orders to Arpaio and three other defendants, but the sheriff refused to comply with the judge’s orders. Arpaio was then found in “contempt of court,” but since this is just a civil lawsuit, there’s no chance of him going to jail.
“The civil ruling will likely result in Snow ordering more substantial oversight for MCSO (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office),” KTAR News legal analyst Monica Lindstrom said. “I could see Judge Snow ordering that the Department of Justice has a heavier hand in the day-to-day activities of MCSO.”
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