Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been one tough guy that stands up for the law and for the people of Maricopa County in Arizona. He has taken a beating over the investigation into the President’s eligibility and also over the Arizona SB1070 law. Arpaio appeared on television on Fox News'”Geraldo At Large” opposite a journalist/undocumented (illegal) immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas.
While the segment began with Obama being quite animated from last week’s address of Latinos in Florida, it cut quickly to a clip of Arpaio stating, “It’s a violation of the law to be here illegally. So they’ve (illegal immigrants) already violated the law, which seems to have not been enforced for some reason or not. So if it’s a violation of the law, it should be enforced. It should have been enforced throughout the years.”
Then there was a clip of Jan Brewer who hit the nail on the head when she said Barack Obama’s order to not deport illegal immigrants was “political pandering” to “sure up his base.”
Geraldo, continuing to be promoted as a reporter and journalist after his run in with Al Capone, then took to poisoning the well by claiming that Sheriff Joe, on the same day that Obama made his statements, arrested a six year old girl, along with others, suspected of being in the country illegally. He then demonstrated his command of being a complete jerk and asked Arpaio, “Did you arrest that little girl, on the same day the president announced his policy because you wanted to stick it to the president?”
Arpaio didn’t miss a beat as he responded with a bit of sarcasm, “Well I don’t think I did a Fast and Furious in reverse and arrange these fifteen smugglers with a girl that is unaccompanied. Nobody knows who she is or where she is from.”
Arpaio said that he had to make six arrests on his birthday and that he doesn’t plan these things. “I enforce the illegal immigration laws everyday,” he told Geraldo.
Geraldo then gave a cheap dig asking, “Did you put the handcuffs on her?” The Sheriff answered him as though it was a stupid question, which it was, “Of course not. She was there with fifteen other smugglers that we put handcuffs on.” Arpaio even said that activists, including Geraldo’s previous guest should be thanking him for saving the girl.
When asked his thoughts on SB1070, Arpaio said that he supported the 1070 but had been doing the job without the 1070. He further declared, “I will continue to arrest illegal aliens that violate the state laws of this state. So nothing will change.”
Geraldo gives a hypothetical of an eleven or fifteen year old and asks in light of Obama’s new policy, what will Sheriff Joe do. Arpaio points out that it is not just children ,but Obama’s policy goes up to age 30, which is exactly right. He then went on to say that he would do exactly as he has always done. “If they didn’t commit a state crime, I turn them over to the immigration authorities. It’s up to them to decide what to do with them. I don’t run the federal government.”
Geraldo then tried to make Arpaio look bad for putting the illegals in tents in the summer without air-conditioning. Arpaio responded that he’s been doing it since 1993 and now everybody wants to get up in arms. This just goes to show that this is the political pressure being applied to him, but he’s standing his ground.
Jose Antonio Vargas, a pulitzer prize winning journalist who is also an undocumented immigrant, was finally introduced. He was asked about Sheriff Arpaio, “Do you think he misunderstands people in your category?”
“You know, I don’t think it’s even just misunderstanding,” Vargas responded. “I think its, we are so use to the political partisan bickering on this issue that we refuse to see each other as human beings.”
Geraldo then had Vargas look at Joe Arpaio on the monitor and speak to him. “My question is this: you were just talking about having people in tents with no air-conditioning. It’s 120 or 130 degrees. Isnt’ that, as Geraldo asked, inhumane Sir?”
Arpaio responded calmly, “I’ve had over half a million people come through those tents and they survived the weather and controversy. It’s a good program that’s saved millions and millions of dollars of taxpayer’s money so I have no problems putting inmates in the tents, all different ethnic backgrounds.”
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