Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona has made a career out of hunting immigrants, stroking his own massive ego and grossly violating human and civil rights. All this while being supported by the Federal government under the 287(g) agreement, which gives him the ability to enforce Federal immigration law.
Recently, Sheriff Joe has brought his outrageous antics to a new level, marching detainees in chains through the streets of Phoenix to a tent city, surrounded by barbed wire. Obama may have closed Gitmo, but Arpaio has set up his own version of the notorious prison right here in the U.S. of A.
America’s Voice has been circulating a petition demanding a Department of Justice Investigation into Arpaio (something that was also recently demanded by the House Judiciary Subcommittee). The petition – which can be found at www.sheriffjoemustgo.com – will be delivered to the DOJ on March 7th and we are hoping to have at least 10,000 signatures by that date. Right now, there are 8,000 people signed on to the petition. Have you signed it? Have your friends signed it? Has your Grandma Lucy signed it?
But really, Joe Arpaio’s actions are no joking matter.No official is above the law, and yet Sheriff Arpaio has engaged in racial profiling and civil rights abuses for years with impunity.