As reported in the above-linked Reuters article, President Trump has pardoned Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. Sheriff Joe was famous for his relentless round-up of illegal aliens and for his tough, but not brutal, treatment of all criminals. As reported in the article:
He reinstated chain gangs, made inmates wear uniforms that were pink or old-fashioned black and white stripes and forbade them coffee, salt and pepper.
That’s it? No beatings or torture? He just made them wear uniforms, do real work and took away their coffee? What an animal! Seriously, we need a lot more sheriffs like this. The sight of chain gangs when I was a kid helped me decide early on that I wanted to stay on the right side of the law.
To the chagrin of the globalist, open border advocates, Joe Arpaio took his job seriously and did what he could to protect our border and enforce our immigration laws. His crime? Focusing on Hispanics in his search for illegal immigrants in a state that borders Mexico. Who else would he go after? The notion that this somehow constituted illegal racial profiling is ridiculous. If another sheriff were to focus on whites while searching for a group of murderous white supremacists, would a judge declare this racial profiling and insist that they include blacks, Hispanics and Asians in their search? If the victim of a crime describes the perpetrator as black man, is it racial profiling to include only blacks in the police line-up? Arpaio’s conviction was exactly the kind of overboard political-correctness-run-amok, common-sense-be-damned nonsense that propelled Trump to victory. Just look at some of the quotes in this article:
“Once again, the president has acted in support of illegal, failed immigration enforcement practices that target people of color and that have been struck down by the courts,” said American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Legal Director Cecillia Wang, who sought the court injunction against Arpaio.
Alejandra Gomez, co-executive director of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), said: “President Trump pardoned a terrorist tonight. Joe Arpaio intentionally terrorized immigrant communities across Arizona for decades and traumatized an entire generation of Arizonans… The only proper place for him is in a jail cell,” Gomez said in a statement.
“Illegal, failed immigration enforcement practices?” How about Obama’s illegal refusal to enforce immigration laws at all? Somebody had to do something, and Sheriff Joe stepped up. And then this Gomez character from some obscure, fringe group in Arizona goes so far as to call him a “terrorist.” It’s truly over the top.
As I said in Five Short Blasts, my concern with illegal immigration isn’t rooted in racism. It wouldn’t matter to me if it was Ireland on the other side of our southern border and if every illegal alien was named Murphy. The world faces no greater threat than worsening overpopulation, and illegal immigration is a major contributor to that threat in the U.S.
Unlike Obama, who pardoned hundreds of real criminals, Trump has pardoned an American hero who stood up for all Americans by enforcing our immigration laws. Thank you for your work, Sheriff Joe. And thank you for correcting this injustice, President Trump.