We all remember America’s favorite sheriff, Mr. Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. How could we forget the time he marched hundreds of inmates through the streets in chains to a tent city surrounded by electric fences? Or the time he said he was “honored” to be compared to the KKK? Or his many (MANY) accusations of racial profiling?
Lots of you helped by petitioning the Department of Justice to investigate good old Joe and we need your help again. Tomorrow there will be a hearing in Congress to investigate the violations of civil rights under 287(g) (the law that allows Joe and others to locally enforce immigration laws). We want to know – what do you want to ask folks like Sheriff Joe?
What issues do you think are most important for Members of Congress to investigate at the hearing? Is it ending racial profiling? Is it finding the best ways to ensure community safety?
Now is your chance to speak up. Visit http://americasvoiceonline.org/FIRMtoCongress to submit your questions and tell Members of Congress what you think the priority of the investigation should be.
Our partners at America’s Voice will be delivering your suggestions directly to Congress – so make your voice heard! This hearing is an important first step towards leaving behind the Bush enforcement-only era and pushing towards comprehensive immigration reform.
Visit http://americasvoiceonline.org/FIRMtoCongress to make sure Members of Congress are on the right track!
And be sure to tune into the hearing – you can watch live at http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/calendar.html – tomorrow, April 2nd at 10AM EST.
Alright folks, I’ve been away from the blogosphere for a week and a LOT has happened. Most importantly the Department of Justice has finally called for an investigation into Sheriff Joe Arpaio! This comes on the heels of a major action in Arizona, an online petition from America’s Voice and a nation-wide outcry against the antics of Sheriff Joe.
From the AP:
Federal authorities told a high-profile Arizona sheriff Tuesday that they will investigate his department over allegations of discrimination and unconstitutional searches and seizures.
The U.S. Justice Department said in a letter to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that investigators will focus on alleged patterns of police discrimination based on national origin.
This announcement was made Tuesday and on Wednesday America’s Voice delivered the online petition with over 38,000 signatures supporting the DOJ investigation. Below is a video from the event that features Rep. Nadler, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
Thanks to everyone who signed the America’s Voice petition and helped in the effort to Bring Joe to Justice!
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.