Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Sheriff to Start Posse Patrols to Curb Illegal Immigration Flow
(CBS 5 NEWS) - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Tuesday that about 100 volunteer posse and Sheriff's deputies will soon begin randomly patrolling the desert areas and main roadways in southwest Maricopa County as apart of an operation to stem the flow of illegal aliens entering the county. Arpaio made the announcement just as 11 more illegal aliens were being booked in jail after a Ford Windstar with California plates and 16 people packed inside was stopped by a Sheriff's deputy early Tuesday morning on a traffic violation near Gila Bend.
Despite the growing controversy about illegal aliens nationwide, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office remains the only Arizona law enforcement agency willing to enforce a new state anti-smuggling law. "There are so many illegals trying to make it into the county that it's overwhelming my deputies, so I have called on members of my 3000 member volunteer posse to assist," says Sheriff Arpaio. "It's not only illegals we find and arrest out there, we've also made some recent huge drug seizures involving illegal aliens including nearly 100 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately three pounds of heroin."
Posse member Andrew Ramsammy, who was part of Tuesday's arrest team, says that he believes he represents many of his peers when he says that the posse is anxious to be a part of the Sheriff's solution to the immigration problem. "As a group of law abiding people, we are fed up with the number of people who come into this county illegally. We're tired of the drugs that some of them bring to sell to our young people and we're ready and willing to assist the Sheriff's deputies in the fight against illegal immigration," says Ramsammy. Sheriff Arpaio says Tuesday's arrests include two coyotes, one of whom may be charged with a far more serious offense - endangerment. Virgilio Parra Sabori may face a class 6 felony charge if it is determined that he recklessly left one of his customers to die in the desert. That customer, who may have paid as much as $1100 to gain entrance into the country, was a 24-year-old Mexican male found near death by deputies who combed the desert earlier Tuesday after being told by other people in the vehicle that one man was left behind. That young man was found lying in the sun on the desert floor and is currently in serious condition in a west valley hospital. Arpaio says his deputies so far have made seven anti-smuggling cases in the last few weeks alone and that 120 illegals have been arrested and jailed.
Arpaio houses 10,000 prisoners in his jails, including almost 2000 in a tent city he erected in 1993. Tent City is being expanded to hold an anticipated increase in of inmates being incarcerated in the Maricopa County jails.


Blogger tooners said...

This is great, now the U.S. is having to pay to keep these ppl in jail.

What's the reason to keep them there? Why not just send them back to Mexico? I guess because they'll just turn around and try re-entering the States and prob be successful.

The drugs... well, it'll never stop. One way or another - when there's a demand - the smugglers will get the drugs into the country.

May 03, 2006 11:57 PM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...

You hit the nail on the head Tooners. Sending them back without doing anything results in them just coming right back in. Perhaps

I suspect the cost of keeping them in jail is probably less than having them leaching our collective social and medical services. I understand that close to 50% of the prison population in California is comprised of illegal aliens. Not for being illegal per se. But for breaking the law once they are here. Scary huh?

The US does need immigrant labor. No doubt about it. But Border Security has to be in place FIRST. Every country has to protect its borders and has a duty to regulate and know who has entered. My last visit to Bahrain I had to have my visa extended due to winding up in AMH as a patient for 3 days. Missing my flight and literally not being about to get another flight out for close to 2 weeks. Of course there was no problem in extending my visa but if I didn't you can bet there would and been (and rightfully so) a problem when I tried to leave.

The Drug issue is complex and I will grant you as long as there is a demand there will be a supply to a certian extent. That doesn't mean we should just sit back and let every PEDRO from South of the Border illegaly enter with drugs. Hate to think about what else they could have with them.

Hope you are getting settled back in Bahrain. Hope to see you soon!

May 04, 2006 5:00 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

As a former resident of Arizona, I can tell you, this guy is very popular and now you know why.
As an immigrant (legal so you don't need to put my name down in your post, lol), I totally understand the need to control who you let in any country. The problem is, that the 'bad guys', always will find a way to circumvent the many literal and figurative walls is the ordinary person trying to do things legally who gets bogged down with all the bureaucratic nonsense that sometimes goes too far.
There is no real political will to address the illegal immigrant situation. Not with the republicans, who have a constituency who most likely uses them for labour, nor the democrats, who will troll for a lot of the hispanic votes.
Now you know why I am an Independent.

May 09, 2006 8:08 PM  
Blogger Cerebralwaste said...



I understand the plight of the illegal immigrant. I have not asked anyone to name their names. Rather I want to point out the businesses's who by hiring them are facilitating the very reason they stay and don't become LEGAL. The US needs immigrant LABOR. We need LEGAL IMMIGRANT labor. This country MUST know who is inside its boarders. It is basic common sense. Nothing is 100% but we aren't even at 10% now. I think illegal aliens INSULT people like yourself who did it the legal way. And I admit that process needs to be REVAMPED and STREEMLINED.

I must with all due respect reject your assertion concerning the Republican/Democratic point. One of the largest groups in this area who hire "Illegal's" is the LANDSCAPE companies. And the owners for the most part are UNION supporting Democrats. Until it comes to hiring UNION LABOR and PAYING Union wages that is. These firms trucks are littered with KERRY for President bumper stickers. Yet in an AREA 80/20 Dem/Rep you can't tell me these landscapers only cut and maintain REPUBLICAN lawns. Many if not most small business people in the New England region lean toward the Democratic ticket. Yet they hire them. Estimated at 1 million in Massachusetts alone.

Both parties troll for votes so I don't see this a Republican/Democratic issue. It is everyones problem and BOTH parties are IGNORING the demands of the people. Believe it or not I am independent as well.

May 10, 2006 3:54 AM  

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