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Friday, January 29, 2016

The Left Goes After America’s Sheriff

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, better known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” has always had plenty of critics. Though the residents of Phoenix, Arizona continue to elect and reelect him, illegal immigrant activists and liberal politicians such as President Obama seem determined to stop him from doing his job. The Department of Justice recently concluded that Sheriff Joe is constitutionally obligated to provide services in Spanish for inmates of his jails. This is only the latest politically motivated attack by the Obama Administration on the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. Obama has been trying for years to stop him from blocking the illegal immigration in his area.

In the past, Sheriff Joe has made it a priority to tackle the tough problem of illegal immigration on the county level. The sheriff understands firsthand what illegal immigration can do to a community. Maricopa County is adjacent to an American Indian reservation that extends across the U.S.-Mexican border and serves as a key entry point for Mexican drug smugglers. As a result, Maricopa County, which includes the city of Phoenix, is subjected to some of the worst criminals and criminal organizations. Phoenix, which has the nickname “Kidnapping Capital of the U.S.A.,” has a violent crime rate much higher than the national average, and even higher than New York City’s violent crime rate.

Sheriff Joe has tackled this problem head-on by making sure that illegal immigrants do not get the special treatment that the Obama Administration would like them to have. Unfortunately, Obama’s Justice Department and liberal judges have gone to great lengths to stop him, such as the latest rule ordering him to provide Spanish language services for prison inmates.

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