Arpaio supporters call judge an Obama-supporting liberal
Tuesday, a federal judge barred Sheriff Joe Arpaio from carrying out any further workplace raids of businesses in Maricopa County searching for suspected undocumented immigrants.
In 2010, Maricopa County legislature passed S.B. 1070, one of the strictest laws against illegal immigration in the country. After the bill’s passage, Arpaio took the issue of illegal immigration upon the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to carry out S.W.A.T-style raids of businesses where immigrants suspected of using fraudulent ID or of being in the country illegally, worked.
Arpaio dubbed himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff” and would perform “sweeps” of predominately Latino, Spanish-speaking communities and businesses. Ultimately, legitimate U.S. citizens or legal residents were profiled, arrested, or illegally searched by MCSO law enforcement.
U.S. Judge David Campbell has barred the sheriff from performing anymore sweeps in Maricopa County.
The result of S.B. 1070 and the Sheriff’s wanton manner of enforcing the state statute came at odds with federal laws against illegal search and seizure, the basis of the Fourth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.
As it turns out, being an employed Latino Spanish speaker is not probable cause to search a person or a business.
Sheriff Arpaio has agreed to disband his work-site raid units by the end of January to early February.
Supporters of Arpaio are balking at the decision.
What is ironic is that Arpaio-supporters are decrying the judge as an Obama-loving liberal judge, but Judge Campbell is actually a conservative darling. It’s beautiful, really.
Take a look here at what the general right wing pubic are saying:
A five-second Google search revealed that U.S. Judge Campbell was appointed in 2003 by George W. Bush and was voted in unanimously 92-0 by the Senate; President Obama wasn’t even a Senator until 2005. Judge Campbell was nominated to the seat by two GOP Senators, John Kyl and John McCain of Arizona, but nice try Republicans!
If the conservatives weren’t critical of the judge’s decision they saw the issue as black-and-white, or brown-and-white, rather.
Obama-blaming and racism littered comment sections:
With President Obama’s new immigration reform, more undocumented residents will have the chance to obtain the proper papers that will allow them to pursue citizenship. This will undoubtedly quell the need for false identities and help the country to better know who is living within U.S. borders so that they can also be taxed to contribute to services they may participate in while in the country.
So while Arpaio may be the darling of right wingers everywhere, he broke the law, bungled our county up in numerous lawsuits — federal and civil — wasted tax dollars to fight working and otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants, racially profiled Latino U.S. citizens, and subjected business owners to illegal searches and seizures which only yielded a few hundred immigrants overall, among the thousands living in Maricopa County.
H/T: Huffington Post | Photo via CNN