Obama-Holder Crusade Against Sheriff Joe Intensifies – OpEd


As his poll numbers continue to plummet, President Barack Obama’s hand-picked Attorney General, Eric Holder, this week continued his ongoing crusade against America’s best-known sheriff for what he calls discriminatory policing practices involving Latinos.

The Obama Justice Department released of a report on Thursday blasting Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio for allegedly violating federal law and the Constitution in his department’s handling of illegal aliens. The report accuses the popular sheriff of allowing his deputies to violate the civil rights of Latinos.

The action comes only days after Sheriff Arpaio — a popular figure among conservatives — endorsed Texas Governor Rick Perry in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

“The Obama Justice Department may not care about the death of a Border Patrol agent (Brian Terry) or about Black Panthers intimidating voters during a presidential election, but Holder’s Civil Rights Division head was diligent in his almost three-year crusade against an Arizona lawman who cares about protecting and serving his state’s citizens,” said former police detective and military intelligence officer Mike Snopes.

Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, head of the department’s Civil Rights Division, claims the DOJ’s three-year civil investigation found that the sheriff and his deputies engaged in unconstitutional conduct and violations of federal law that jeopardized his “commitment to fair and effective” law enforcement.

In addition to blasting Sheriff Arpaio, the Justice Department is expected to file a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Arizona asking a federal judge to order changes in the sheriff’s office.

Critics of Holder and Obama believe the Arpaio case is designed to coincide with the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing on Arizona’s immigration law (SB1070), and as strategy to bring back the president’s Hispanic base.

“It’s not beyond Obama’s bag of tricks to portray border security proponents as racist and xenophobic,” warns Snopes.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano wasted no time piling on Arpaio. She stripped his department of its authority to enforce immigration laws and regulations.

“Accordingly, and effective immediately, DHS is terminating (the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s) 287(g) jail model agreement and is restricting the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office access to the Secure Communities program,” stated Napolitano.

Today, between eight and fourteen million illegal aliens reside in the United States, draining our nation’s economy, while presenting a security threat to the people of the United States, according to the leading public-interest group that investigates government corruption.

“Public officials have not only repeatedly failed to protect our borders from this illegal alien invasion, but they have also been complicit in the effort to undermine our nation’s immigration laws,” state officials at Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch has an active investigation into the Obama administration’s policies and actions on immigration. For instance, Judicial Watch had uncovered documents indicating collusion between the Department of Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union with respect to legal challenges of Arizona’s SB 1070.

Recently, Judicial Watch obtained documents revealing that administration officials misled Congress regarding the scope of deportation dismissals in Houston, Texas. Additional documents were obtained that detail a behind-the-scenes effort by the administration to suspend deportation proceedings against “DREAM” Act aliens and other illegal immigrants.

Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, and he's a columnist for Examiner.com. In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

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