One of the fundamental factors causing debate over illegal immigration enforcement is the public perception of undocumented immigrants. Are they real criminals? Some in law enforcement have gone to great lengths to paint them in this light. Yet a new examination of government immigration enforcement strategies uncovers a deliberate attempt to confuse real criminals with those who only lack the proper paperwork.
LatinaLista — Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the quintessential marketer when it comes to creating media buzz on his unique style of law enforcement.
Itâ€™s what garnered him his own show on the Fox reality network titled â€œSmile â€¦Youâ€™re Under Arrest!â€ Yet, itâ€™s his immigration enforcement tactics that have made him the darling of right-wing supporters, scorned by those repulsed by his methods and admired by those constituents who feel heâ€™s doing a good job keeping them safe.
From stakeouts in Hispanic-heavy neighborhoods with his â€œposseâ€ of law enforcement to catch unsuspecting undocumented immigrants to his latest tactic of mass-marching 200 shackled immigrant inmates from a brick-and-mortar jail to the infamous Tent City electric fence complex, Sheriff Arpaio obviously relishes the role as immigration enforcer.
And while the 21,183 undocumented immigrants Sheriff Arpaio is credited with turning over to immigration authorities for deportation is staggering for a county sheriff â€” his latest press release boasts 67 arrests in the last 13 days â€” the larger reality is that the only crime most of these immigrants have committed is not having their papers in order.
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