Holder Calls Out AZ Sheriff ‘Joe’ Arpaio at Hispanic Convention
Southern Man 2012/07/10 22:08:49
Politics & 2nd Amendment - 07.10.2012
On Saturday, Attorney General Eric Holder
told a major Hispanic advocacy group that the Justice Department would
aggressively protect and defend the civil liberties, voting rights and
safety of Latinos in the United States.
During his address, Holder made it a point to call out Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose controversial posture toward illegal immigration has landed him in hot water with the DOJ, which filed a lawsuit back in May arguing
that the five-term Sheriff’s polices on immigration go too far,
labeling them “unconstitutional” and part of a “pattern of
discrimination” against Latinos.
many of you know, nearly two months ago -- after a lengthy
investigation into the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona --
and following numerous attempts to work with the sheriff there and his
colleagues to address the concerns that our investigation raised -- the
department was forced to take an unusual, and extremely rare, action,"
Holder told members of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) at a convention in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Civil Rights Division had no choice but to file suit against Sheriff
Arpaio, the Sheriff's Office and the county for discriminatory police
and incarceration practices that violate the constitutional rights of
Latinos in Maricopa County. These policies simply have no place in
responsible and effective law enforcement. And they must not -- and
simply will not -- be tolerated," Holder declared.
speech also touched on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the
“papers, please” provision in the Arizona immigration law (SB1070)
despite ruling that other sections are unconstitutional.
remain seriously concerned -- as many of you do -- about the potential
impact of other sections of the law, including the requirement for law
enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of anyone who is
lawfully stopped or detained when there is any reason to suspect that
the person is here unlawfully."
"Let me assure you, the Justice
Department will monitor the impact of this and other measures to make
certain that they do not conflict with federal civil rights or
immigration laws," Holder added.
the Obama Administration in full-campaign mode, it seems as though
Holder is attempting to do his part. As such, he lauded efforts by the
Department of Homeland Security to provide work visas for undocumented
workers who came to the states illegally as minors.
people generally fit characteristics defined by the Development, Relief,
and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, as pointed out by HSToday.com.
no question that this action represents a significant -- and
long-overdue -- improvement to our nation's immigration policy. And we
all can be encouraged that President [Barack] Obama and other members of
his administration, including me, will keep working with congressional
leaders -- from both parties -- to advance the passage of critical
legislation like the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform, in
order to bring about fair and lasting updates to our immigration system
so that it meets our 21st century economic and national security needs
while continuing to honor our rich traditions and diversity," Holder
Not surprisingly, Holder’s prepared remarks did note delve
into the role the Justice Department played in the fatally flawed
Operation Fast and Furious. Nor did he mention the fact that Congress voted to hold him in criminal contempt
for his failure to turn over critical documents related to the
gunrunning operation, which allowed over 2,000 firearms to fall into the
hands of violent Mexican drug cartels.
While these issues
raise legitimate questions about the DOJ's ability to keep U.S. citizens
(of all races, ethnicities, etc.) "safe," especially those living near
the border, one can assume that on the campaign trail, there are certain
facts that are better left unsaid if one wants to keep his job
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