Sheriff Joe Arpaio Appeals Court Ruling: If We’re Guilty Of Profiling, So Are The Feds


Last week, a Federal court found the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff’s office guilty of racial profiling in the enforcement of immigration law for singling out Latinos under Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s program of immigration patrols.

Now, the hard-nosed, controversial sheriff with jurisdiction over the Nation’s fifth-largest city is appealing the ruling, saying that the training his deputies received came straight from the same playbook used by Federal immigration enforcement officers.

“One hundred of my deputies were authorized and trained by the Federal government, ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), to enforce Federal immigration law,” Arpaio said in a video-recorded statement. “Now, a Federal Court has ruled that Federal training was unconstitutional, and it led to racial profiling. We will appeal this ruling.

“You know, as Sheriff I uphold the law. The Court’s order is clear. We will no longer detain persons believed to be in the country without authorization whom we cannot arrest on state charges. I have already instructed my deputies.”

The ruling came after a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Latino groups by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other nonprofits.

Over a three-year period covered by the lawsuit, the Marciopa County Sheriff’s Office detained thousands of illegal immigrants in raids and police stops. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled that Arpaio had guided deputies to violate the 4th and 14th Amendment rights of those imprisoned — even when the imprisoned were not, in fact, U.S. citizens — by initiating contact with suspects not only on the sole suspicion that they might be illegal immigrants, but also because of their appearance, their use of Spanish or their Latino accent.

Defense attorneys have already pledged to use the ruling to exonerate illegal immigrants who are still being detained on pending charges, although it’s not known how many such cases could be reversed.

The ruling also comes with a cease-and-desist order that effectively gets the Sheriff’s Office out of the immigration enforcement game. In testimony, Arpaio had defended his department’s encroachment on what the ruling claims is an enforcement endeavor subject only to Federal jurisdiction: “Ours is an operation, whether it’s the state law or the Federal, to go after illegals; not the crime first, that they happen to be illegals. My program, my philosophy is a pure program. You go after illegals. I’m not afraid to say that. And you go after them and you lock them up.”

Arpaio began enforcing immigration law at the county level in 2006.

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  • mark

    American courts have now ruled that defending our country against the illegal alien racist la raza nazi invading border criminals is “racist.” Americas borders are now considered “racist.” This is the end of America, plain and simple. And just for the historical record. We’re the generation of Americans who stood by and watched this happen.

    • garygerke

      Mark, you are right on the money! There is only one way back to what America was…..Revolution against the current imposters that hate America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Chris

    I don’t know what is happening to this country but it has sure gone nutsy-cuckoo over the last several years…..I don’t know if it’s Obama or Congress or WHAT!

    • steve

      all the above. you better educate yourself and stay in the info loop others wise you will be left behind

      • Chris

        I AM in the “loop”……….and loopy FROM it! Oh God……..I’m so sick of all the crap. When is Washington going to get some intelligent brains? My take on illegals: kick them all out and make them come back the way our ancestors had to. With all of the sicko terrorists running around, background checks should be made on anyone wanting to become a US citizen or even just come into this country. I don’t care if babies are BORN here………..if they are born of illegals, then they are illegals too. This insanity has got to stop. A US police officer I know (who was maimed on the job chasing a piece of crap instead of shooting it) moved TO Mexico to be able to live better because his disability payment here was not enough to survive……..there ya go……….a TAXPAYER for many years………nice how noncitizens get handouts when citizens get screwed.

        • shamu9

          Kick ’em ALL out, AND don”t let ’em come Back at all, they are self Professed/confessed Scoff-Laws, and will become Welfare SNAP-Pers Immediately

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    • Smilee

      I think it is more likely because of people like you. We the people are the government and all who represent us are there because the majority of We the People put them there and it reflects on the people more than anyone.

      • shamu9

        Keep Smilin’, Jassacks, Like,- let me see–all Dem-O -Commies DON’T Rig Their elections, like their [ ‘Lord ‘O The Flies’,] Obama Does/Did!

      • joe1cr

        The traditional American philosophy requires that the central (Federal) government and the State governments be Republics. Each State is guaranteed the form of government of a Republic by the United States Constitution (Art. IV, Sec. 4). The foregoing also makes clear why this philosophy requires that The Majority, at any time in temporary charge of government, administer its affairs in keeping with the Constitution’s limitations and for the benefit of all Individuals composing the people as a whole, meaning The Minority and all minorities as well as The Majority–not merely for the benefit of those constituting only The Majority of the moment.

        The traditional American philosophy demands that the power of The Majority be limited for the protection of The Individual’s unalienable rights, for the security of Man’s Liberty against Government-over-Man, in keeping with the American formula: The Majority is Limited for Liberty.

  • TexRancher

    So now it’s racial profiling to go after anybody but AMericans! Why not open to door and say everybody has RIGHTS EXCEPT AMERICANS so come on in! Oh, silly, me they already have!
    Congress has aided ILLEGALS since 1986 by refusing to enforce the laws! They are responsible for the mess we have now. Remember that when ILLEGALS who can’t find work like the 23 million unemployed AMERICANS now and the faucet of money and benefits for them gets turned off because there is no more, they will turn to crime! Illegals now kill an average of 9,000 AMERICANS every year.
    Who will we hold PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE for their crimes? Start with Reid, Pelosi, Schumer, Durbin and Obama and the RINOs to name a few, who are currently working for these ILLEGAL INVADERS!
    As for Reid, he should be moving these ILLEGALS to his “CASA DEL ILLEGLAS” in Nevada so HE can take care of them.

  • Don 2

    I smell Obama and Holder behind the bench with an activist federal court. They’ve been after Sheriff Joe for a long time.

    • joe1cr

      Yes they need an open boarder for their USA communist membership to grow.

  • Bachelor With Sense

    Hey Sheriff Joe:

    Put up Road Blocks on EVERY Road leading into Maricopa County and DEMAND Birth Certificates of EVERY PERSON who comes in CONTACT with a ROAD BLOCK!!


    • Elevenarrows

      I agree…the federal government wants to ensure that Muslims and illegal aliens are given rights beyond those of the average American citizen. Well, if as David says, it isn’t profiling if EVERYONE is checked…unfortunately, that would carry us one step closer to living under the Third Reich. Not sure what the solution is, but my support is behind the good sheriff. At least he is willing to stand up, be a man and defend the Constitution against enemies foreign (read illegal!) and domestic (read federal government)!

    • Peggy Daniel Vossler

      Way things are I am sure an American would not mind showing a birth certificate? America? Even to keep the illegals out?

      • Bachelor With Sense

        Well, Hey… IT would stop Obama who hasn’t shown a TRUE one yet!! LOL

    • garygerke

      You have no regard for the Constitution, much the same as our Socialist government. WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • joe1cr

    Federal court with a liberal judge with a bias toward Arpaio , what kind of ruling did you expect?

    • Smilee

      That analogy only exists in your immature mind and not in fact. This is the correct ruling under the law and Constitution weather you like it or not and your free not to like. Thank God you can do nothing about it but bitch.

      • Peggy Daniel Vossler

        They are “illegal” doing something “illegal” like driving, all states have vehicle pull over to check license, registration and insurance. If you can’t produce proper papers you “can” be arrested. If you “claim” no speak Ingles then what can the do but haul you in. If you run then they can shoot you for evading arrest, hey, what a concept. Sheriff Joe, you gave to much of a chance. LOL

      • joe1cr

        POPPYCOCK!!! Fact !!! The Constitution and our laws are being broken by about 20 million Illegal immigrants that should be rounded up and deported. Only in America …would Idiots like you make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.

        Only in America could the people who believe in the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”

        • garygerke

          AMEN FELLOW AMERICAN!!!!!!!!!

  • tncdel

    “Profiling” is a nuts-and-bolts scientific manner of reducing possibles. All police do it, especially when they are trying to figure out who bombed a building, etc.

    • Smilee

      A bombed building is evidence that a crime has been committed this is about people when it is not known if a crime has occurred and is done in violation of the fourth amendment, probable cause exists in the first example but not in the second.. Big difference right!!

      • shamu9

        You’re fulla Sheite, Where do you live, Jersey?? I lived in west Texas for 10 yrs. Anyone, including Mexican American Citizens can tell a Mojado [Wet] from a Mexican American at 200 yards. They Look, Dress, Act very differently from American Latino citizens!

        • aktien

          And, because they’re here illegally, they’ve already violated the law.

      • Peggy Daniel Vossler

        It is illegal to cross our border without papers, do you think you would get the same chance in Mexico? I don’t think so, Smilee,

        I think you are like a brick wall. It has nothing to do with rights. Because if I remember my American Government and history classes , in order to be afforded constitutional rights, you need to be a law abiding person and either studying or be a citizen. I believe I even heard that when they talked about the younger of the Boston Marathon bombers’ was arrested because he had gotten his citizenship.

      • joe1cr

        Only in Liberal America do you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check, to buy alcohol, but not to vote or for proof of citizenship.

        • Betta

          Excellent, excellent point!!!

  • Elevenarrows

    Where are the governors? Why can’t they join together to tell the federal government to operate within its constitutional limits? I suspect that most of them are too busy gobbling up the “freebies” offered to the states by the federal government. The irony is that the money doesn’t belong to the federal government in the first place!

  • ChuckS123

    So is he supposed to chase a bunch of white guys to balance out his efforts? Reality is that most illegals in AZ, I’m sure, are Mexicans.

    Tell your liberal friends that sometimes the profile is white guys. And the profile is almost always guys – a lot fewer gals commit crimes. When they were looking for the DC sniper, the profile was a 20-somthing white guy. I don’t think any white guys were complaining. It turned out to be 2 black guys, but profiles are mostly right. I heard about a black neighborhood in which the police were checking white guys coming in late at night. The white guys were mostly looking for drugs or hookers. We should do some profiling of Muslims. Of course, some people don’t fit the profile, and we have to guard against abuses, but it still helps our safety a lot.

  • Lie breaker

    IF the voting voters lol, would not have elected him, then the article would not be written, but the way some vote has now become the Sheriff in the BAD LANDS.

  • securityman

    steve,i hope that you speak and understand Islamic and or spanish. for a while the spanish will be the language,but the muslims will take it over when obummer goes against everybody,illegal or not, and turnsthis country into a muslim country. you can talk all you want , but it is coming.mccain trys tell tell everybody that he didn’t know he was taking a pic. with a kidnapper. his security must have been laying down or on leave or something. pure bull.but steve, I know that you think you will be one of the enslavers of this country,instead of one of the enslaved. you are a fool and an idiot.. obummer will not let you be anything but a butt-buddy!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chuck Lee

    No, it is NOT the end of America. That will never happen until they (the gutless, traitorous, America-hating liberal sons-of-b!tches, dis-arm us. If and when they try that, it will be a bloody mess. I fear for anyone wearing a federal uniform (or a black ski mask) if those days should ever come.

  • NObama_Holder_Reid_Pelosi_2012

    Leave a mes

    Not to be surprised, Obama gives Saudis special treatment or VIP
    status coming through customs allowing them to avoid the normal customs
    procedures. Obama refuses to enforce immigration laws and wants invaders
    who cross international borders illegal to be immune to the laws and
    law enforcement to look the other way. However ever American is to be
    poked, prodded and sexually assaulted by TSA as if we are more of a
    threat than invaders who are infiltrating this Country.

    Government without a doubt has become the biggest national threat to
    the citizens of this Country ever in history when they protect
    non-citizens and invaders and criminalize citizens.

    American citizens would be a more free people if we all went down to
    Mexico or up to Canada and applied for citizenship in a foreign Country
    and returned to America where we could all get free medical , no more
    medical premiums, free tuition, evade taxes without penalty and if we
    committed a crime do not fear because we will be released based on our
    citizenship as a foreign national. sage…

  • tinkerunique

    “ILLEGAL” is the same thing as “criminal” isn’t it ?? POTUS wants to reward “alien criminals”, and FORMER Secretary of State Clinton was a ‘gun-runner’ who supplied Syrian rebels with guns and funds AND refused to add security to American embassy’s – THEN lied about both. O’bummer “Didn’t know” about these things happening ? BS. Federal judges are APPOINTED by POTUS.

  • IsThisAmerica

    You go Joe! Keep up the good work! Only people your pissing off is the illegals and who cares? Their not suppose to be in this country in the first place!! And I don’t think they can legally bring charges against any American citizen. They drive around with no car insurance, DRUNK, and have rolling shootouts going down the road! (Heard enough of them). GO JOE! I back you 100%. Your only upholding the law that the federal government refuses to do. That’s why we lost a state park was because of all the illegals running drugs and now it’s not safe to go to one of our own STATE PARKS! And the heaps of trash they leave behind, looks like a garbage landfill! Nope keep them out, they don’t care at all for this country nor any laws in this country. Most only have a 8th grade education. Don’t need or want 20 million morons. This country will bust taking care of them, their kids, and all their aunts and uncles, neices and nephews, etc. Thanks Joe for watching out for us.

  • Chris

    Federal court, huh? Idiots still running this country. Where’s the “common sense”?