Sheriff Joe Arpaio is known for quite a few things. He’s tough on crime in Arizona, even if the accused are only awaiting for a trial. The numbers of people that have criticized his tactics are numerous. From the ACLU to the New York Times, his tactics are not without its naysayers.
In reading about his Tent City in the hot Arizona heat, I can’t help but wonder if his tactics are truly effective.
So it is without saying that Arpaio has found his tactics to be in hot water. Sheriff Arpaio failed to investigate 400 sex crimes cases. There was also a pattern of civil rights violations and discrimination against Latinos. With the Feds investigating, they have decided to pull the plug on Arpaio.
But wait… Who are these mysterious people that are pulling the plug on the “good Sheriff?” Are they as well meaning as they should be portrayed?
The ICE does not have a clean record when it comes to immigration and civil rights. A record 396,000 people were deported with very little in regards to due process or civil liberties. As the article indicated, this was a mandate by Congress. If ICE wanted more funding for these abuses of civil liberties, they were to meet the goal of 400,000 people to be deported. Within the same article, only 40% of the people were violent criminals. No statistics were given for those who had low level crimes on their record.
The results of the ICE lock ups have been devastating. The women in the prisons are coerced into having sex with guards. ICE officials bully those that speak up into silence. The fear of deportation maintains that silence against this disproportionately Latino crowd.
There is a lot to criticize with ICE. Sure, they remove Sheriff Arpaio from abusing Latinos. But do we really want ICE to be a purveyor of justice when they have even more blood on their hands?