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Federal Judge Hauls Sheriff Arpaio Back to Court, Calls Arpaio Out for Defiance of Court Order

Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, apparently, can’t stop getting into trouble. A long record of misdeeds finally caught up with Arpaio last fall, when US District Judge Murray Snow ordered Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to cease enforcement practices that use racial profiling to discriminate against Latinos.  To ensure that the department complied, the judge … Continue reading »

A Rough Start in 2014 for the Anti-Immigrant Movement

Choice for GOP is Clear: Be Defined by the Nativists or Be Competitive With a Changing American Electorate It’s been a bad week for the anti-immigrant movement.  Actually, it’s been a bad couple of years.  They are facing criticism from the right, their standing with Republicans is waning and they have zero influence with Democrats. … Continue reading »

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: America's Most Expensive Sheriff

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, after decades of perpetrating criminally unjust enforcement practices against undocumented immigrants, is not sitting pretty these days, and seems to be finally facing his reckoning.  Last year, a federal judge found Arpaio and his department guilty of practicing discriminatory immigration enforcement tactics, including racial profiling, and ordered a court-appointed monitor to oversee the office … Continue reading »

Steve Seagal Apparently Considering Run for Arizona Governor

Apparently, actor-turned-fake-lawman Steven Seagal is thinking about running for governor of Arizona.  During an interview with ABC 15, Seagal promoted his reality TV show–shot in collaboration with none other than Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio–and talked about a potential future in politics.  As Seagal said: Joe Arpaio and I were talking about me running for … Continue reading »

MUST-WATCH: Fusion’s Jorge Ramos Interviews Sheriff Joe Arpaio

It’s an interview that Jorge Ramos has been teasing for months, but the anchor’s interview with Maricopa County’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio finally aired last weekend, ending the inaugural week of ABC News-Univision’s new joint network, Fusion. Heated and confrontational at times, Arpaio during his interview with Ramos maintained that his department does not “go around … Continue reading »

Federal Judge Orders Sheriff Joe Arpaio Must Have Court-Appointed Monitor for No Less than 3 Years

Last summer, we wrote extensively about a civil lawsuit against Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio that could finally make him answer for years of racial profiling and police-power abuse.  Now the Sheriff’s day of reckoning is coming, after a ruling from US District Judge Murray Snow (and months of negotiations) decided that Arpaio’s office must submit to … Continue reading »

Law Enforcement Officials Take A Stand Against Secure Communities and SAFE Act

Two of the most inaccurately named public policies have to be “Secure Communities” and the “SAFE Act.” Neither keeps communities secure or safe. Instead, they breed fear and profiling. And, some law enforcement officials are taking a stand against them, including one, Sheriff Marlin Gusman, who used to be on the other side. Immigration advocates … Continue reading »

223 Immigrants Arrested During Massive ICE Immigration Raids In Arizona

Over the weekend in Arizona, ICE systematically raided 16 car washes associated with two companies and arrested 223 immigrants. A spokeswoman from ICE went out of her way to emphasize that the raids followed a targeted investigation into businesses that were hiring the immigrant workers, not the workers themselves, unlike the worksite raids commonly conducted … Continue reading »

Federal Judge Rules Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and MCSO's History of Racial Profiling

Last summer, we covered a civil rights trial against Arizona’s notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio and allegations that he and his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have been discriminating against Latino drivers on the basis of race.  Last week, a federal judge officially found that the anti-immigrant practices of Arpaio and MCSO amount to the racial profiling … Continue reading »