DOJ Accuses Sheriff Joe of Targeting Hispanics for Illegally Crossing US-Mexico Border

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has legally challenged the eligibility of Barack Obama to serve as President of the United States.  He has the final authority to verify Obama’s qualifications to be placed on the 2012 ballot in Arizona’s most populous county.

Instead of providing the evidence of Obama’s legal birth certificate from Hawaii, the White House’s Gestapo, otherwise known as the Department of Justice has been given the task to discredit Arpaio in any manner they can.

Maricopa County is only a 2 ½ hour drive north of the Mexican border.  It is a proven fact that it is one of the busiest centers for the trafficking in illegal drugs and illegal immigrants coming into the country from Mexico.  Sheriff Joe has a police task force whose sole purpose is to stop as much of the illegal trafficking as possible.  It has become one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation as drug runners and coyotes (traffickers of illegal immigrants) have no qualm with shooting law enforcement officers.

With the proximity to the Mexican border, Latinos make up over 95% of those moving drugs into the country through Maricopa County as well as over 95% of the illegal immigrants pouring across the border.

So let me ask you a question: If you were the top cop for securing and protecting a population of nearly 4 million people from a threat that is made up of over 95% Hispanics, would you not place the majority of your focus on that ethnic group?  Is it any different from the soldiers that served in Iraq targeting Arabs?  If 95% of the criminal element is Latino, would it be realistic to target Asians or Africans?

The reason I ask is that the Department of Justice has prepared a 22 page report claiming that Sheriff Joe is unduly targeting Hispanics and his actions are unconstitutional. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas E Perez says that he hopes that Sheriff Joe will cooperate with the DOJ in their efforts to turn the sheriff’s department around.

Arpaio has responded by saying that he vows to never resign or give in to the fed’s pressure.  He admits that he is a compassionate person, but that his commitment to law enforcement overrides his compassion for people.  He also says the actions being taken by the DOJ will lead to the release of hundreds of illegal immigrants who have been jailed for committing crimes and that,

“President Obama and the band of his merry men might as well erect their own pink neon sign at the Arizona-Mexico border saying ‘Welcome all illegals to your United States, our home is your home,'”

He has also come under attack from other Democrats who seem to be doing the President’s bidding.  Their complaints have prompted another grand jury investigation looking into allegations of abuse of power and corruption.   Arpaio has faced similar charges in the past and says he is not too worried about the current charges.

All this prompts me to ask why doesn’t Obama just provide the documentation to prove he was born in Hawaii and end all of the controversy?  Sending his DOJ henchmen after Sheriff Joe just makes him look more guilty of being unqualified to serve as President.  It also lends more credence to the signs of him taking dictatorial control of the US if he is re-elected in 2012.