Sheriff Joe Arrests Six-Year-Old Undocumented Immigrant on Day of Obama's Immigration Policy Shift

Joe Arpaio may be known as Sheriff Joe, but it's also been proven he has little respect for the law if he deems it inconvenient to his beliefs. He is, of course, a frequent violator of civil rights (as viewed by the United States Justice Department) and used taxpayer funds to investigate his (debunked) conspiracy theory about Obama's birth certificate. Distilled, it all boils down to Sheriff Joe being an archetypal old-style racist—one whose actions are consistently appalling despite never deviating from script. Of course, Arpaio's actions were textbook the day President Obama announced he would soften his policies on deporting young immigrants:

Maricopa County Sheriff Office deputies arrested a 6-year-old suspected illegal immigrant Friday, the day President Barack Obama softened the country's deportation policy toward young [undocumented] immigrants.

"Where was she going? What are they going to do with her? We're trying to get to the bottom of this right now," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.


"We enforce the human-smuggling laws here," Arpaio said. "Every chance I can get to take action on my own without turning them over to ICE, I do. Especially with the new policy the president has."

The new policy allows illegal immigrants younger than 30 years old to apply to stay in the United States without being deported for two years. They can apply for a work permit, but still will not have any legal status in the country.

It's not surprising that Arpaio would act so defiant towards Obama's new policy, even though the current Administration has deported record numbers of undocumented immigrants. But his consistent willful disdain for the law his office is compelled to uphold—coupled with pathological racist paranoia—is reason enough for Sheriff Arpaio to be stripped of his title. 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at June 18, 2012, 4:05am

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