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Hundreds Rally In Favor Of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Supporters rally to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's side

Maricopa Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the poster-child for Arizona’s controversial immigration laws. Though some see him as a Dirty Harry-esque rogue cop who abides by his own rules, others think that he is unfairly portrayed – a media scapegoat who only upheld the existing law. One thing is for sure – the man has his supporters. Very vocal, very public supporters.

“All he does is enforce the law that’s already on the books,” says Walt Lyons, a retiree who attended a Saturday rally and chanted “go Joe, go Joe,” to show their support for the Sheriff.

Roughly 200 supporters gathered outside of Phoenix in Fountain Hills where Arpaio lives, according to The Christian Science Monitor. Though he is facing a federal investigation alleging racial profiling, he maintains that he performed his duty and upheld a law neglected by the federal government. “He’s kind of a sacrificial lamb,” adds Mr. Lyons’s wife, Regina. “It’s part of the process and he’s willing to put up with it.”

The rally supporting Arpaio occurred days after the Supreme Court took up SB 1070 for review. The bill has split Arizona citizens into an ideological civil war, advocates of SB 1070 on one hand (with Arpaio) and detractors who find it a violation of civil rights on the other. “It’s a very divisive issue,” says Bruce Merrill, a political scientist and pollster at Arizona State University in Tempe. “It’s really hurt Arizona.”

Though the nation’s attention is tuned to SB 1070 itself, the issue is actually much more complex according to Merrill. Though state polls show that 60% of Arizonans support SB 1070, roughly 75% also support the Dream Act, which protects children of illegal immigrants who graduate from college or serve in the military. Demographic support for the Dream Act doesn’t just pull in Latino and Democratic support either – Independent and Republican voters support the measure too, with seven out of 10 non-Hispanics favoring it.

“People make a distinction,” says Merrill. “Illegal immigration is a complex set of issues.”

Despite seemingly strong support and personal conviction, Arpaio’s detractors have quite a bit of lead on their side too. Randy Parraz, an Arpaio critic, has repeatedly called for the Sheriff’s resignation, which Arpaio has resisted. Arpaio will run for a sixth term as Sheriff, but “massive effort” to persuade Maricoparesidents to vote for an opponent will begin this summer, according to Parraz.

“We know he’s weak,” he opines of Arpaio.

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  1. Dave Francis

    About 13 percent of the world's adults or more than 640 million people say they would like to depart their country permanently according to a Gallop poll. That’s an estimated 150 million of the world's adults have said they would like to move to the United States as the most desired destination for potential migrants. In a Pew Hispanic Center study that foreign nationals from South of our border have stopped pouring into the U.S., and the net numbers even indicate that they're going back home. More than half of Mexican-born people in the U.S. are illegal, and Mexicans make up nearly 60 percent of all illegal migrants here. What they haven’t estimated is the numbers of illegal migrants and immigrants from not just from across the border, but the visa overstay that have permanently settled here illegally. This isn’t just about foreign nationals from across our border, but the unwelcomed visitors from overseas; from every region of the world.

    The federal government or any organization can keep spitting these numbers out, but if the avid reader does his own research, this is just numbers conjured up to pacify the American people. From what I have surmised the figures of illegal people here is well into 20 million plus. Any survey can be engineered to make it less than they are? Probably they are not counting the hundreds of thousands of ‘foothold’ babies, unborn or who gain immediate citizenship when they are conceived. The illegal Mother can immediately claim, all the same welfare services for the child/ children as any U.S. born citizen or naturalized citizen immigrant. Once situated the whole family moves into the Section 8 housing. Each state wherever the family settles is forced by unfunded mandates, for infant delivery, food stamps, entitlements and subsidized housing. All paid for by the already overtaxed population.

    What is significant that if Arizona gains a positive decision from the high court of the land, there will certainly be hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens sweeping throughout the country, seeking desperately for a new place to live? Interesting enough these persons will head for states with no policing enforcement as California, Nevada, Utah, Washington State and locations that have ignored the pleading of taxpayers about the burden of tax costs. These states already suffering from massive deficits will soon be overwhelmed by more illegal’s, than they had already. California being the paradise, with no enforcement against sanctuary city ordinances. This is the epitome of ‘Poetic Justice’ as California, run by Liberal state legislators have deceived their own legal residents, to subsidize the illegal immigrant invasion. Voters must demand from GOP House speaker John Boehner and his elite class stop blocking the bipartisan E-Verify “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” from being initiated in Congress by Texas Sen. Lamar Smith. Taxpayers are continuously afflicted at the hands of dishonest politicians who have sold us into financial bondage by allowing illegal immigration to persist almost unimpeded in coming here. Less than 28 bipartisan co-sponsors are needed to head this to the House floor.

    As the Congress continues to squabble over mandatory E-Verify, the Obama Administration has issued a statement that it is getting ready to introduce a big expansion of the electronic application. A second law to support The Legal Workforce Act H.R. 2885 is to amend the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 (H.R.140); the country cannot maintain in subsidizing billions of dollars being extracted from the 50 states? Bad politicians should be thrown out of office, not excluding state Governors, Mayors, Judges and all elected officials, and replace them with Fresh Tea Party leaders who will insure everybody gets their fair share of the American Dream and enforce all laws attributed to the Constitution and the Rule of Law. NumbersUSA is maintaining a data base of all related information and you should investigate their website for the latest news.

    This is not just about Mexicans, but Asians, Europeans and others who have strained our compassionate welfare programs, that every state has had to cut back public assistance on US citizens and permanent residents, with green cards. It’s about anybody who violates a sovereign countries law? Both political parties are to blame for this conflict, as Democrats are out to lure more votes, legal or otherwise? The republicans are for larger profits of cheap labor from the business community, which has lowered wages for the average American worker. Either party can be trusted to perform correctly, that is why the Constitutional Tea Party is swelling daily with new members in thousands of chapters as people are despondent with the direction of this country. This nation is near bankruptcy and with a 16 Trillion dollar deficit owed to foreign investors; the interest is more than the GDP.

    The Tea Party will enforce our immigration laws, that will represent the people, will introduce a well regulated farm bill so Guest Workers can arrive here and mandatory depart after their contract expires, with no amnesty. That the farming and agricultural industry will pay the benefits for their labor and not each state’s taxpayers. There will no importation of migrant poverty anymore, cutting off access to welfare programs. Another set of regulations to amend, would be a careful examination of the current visa system allowing around a million legal immigrants annually into the U.S. No further violation can be tolerated from businesses and we should only permit the highest brains in engineering, science, mathematicians and technology professionals to immigrate here.