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In last week’s Dallas Morning News, conservative writer Reuben Navarette added his voice to the growing chorus of groups and leaders demanding the federal government hold Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona accountable for his outrageous abuses of authority under the 287(g) program. Navarette’s message and ours? It’s time to Kick Arpaio Out of the government program that turns his officers into federal immigration agents.
…speaking of mistakes, Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio seems to be making more than his share. I was writing about the self-proclaimed “America’s toughest sheriff” 10 years ago while working for The Arizona Republic. That was before Arpaio discovered the power of the immigration issue to feed his addiction: getting on television. Now he and his posse are rounding up Hispanics wholesale, playing the averages on the assumption that most of them are here illegally.
That’s ridiculous and illogical. Yet logic was never Arpaio’s strong suit.