LatinaLista — President Barack Obama met with reporters from 14 regional newspapers today at the White House and declared:
â€œWeâ€™ve got a very big border with Mexico. Iâ€™m not interested in militarizing the border.â€
However, for some who are intent to root out undocumented immigrants any way they can, these personnel have accomplished creating their own brand of “militarization’ â€” even though our own President is opposed to it.
The most infamous person in the country right now “militarizing” his town in the name of immigration enforcement is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio has not been shy about his methods and it’s probably the fact that he’s so egotistical and publicity-hungry that has landed him in a place he’s always daring people to do â€” investigate how he enforces immigration law.
The only difference is that this time it’s Washington that’s investigating him.
Arpaio is the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice which is looking into allegations of discriminatory practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures.
In a letter dated Tuesday to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the department’s Civil Rights Division said investigators will focus on alleged patterns of discriminatory police practices and on allegations of discrimination based on a person’s national origin.
While it’s true that the federal investigation is a result of Democratic leaders in the U.S. House calling to see whether or not Arpaio violated civil rights regulations, it stands to reason the investigation would never be called by Republicans, nor was it ever.
And for that reason Arpaio felt empowered to rule Maricopa County without regard to the civil or human rights of Latino residents.
Arpaio is confident that nothing damaging will be found against him.
And maybe it won’t but the higher objective of this investigation is putting Arpaio on notice that his “free ride” to intimidate, entrap and profile Latino residents are over.