Ding, ding It’s on!!! Sheriff Arpaio and Co Atty Romley to battle it out

Posted: July 2, 2010 in Criminal in AZ, Illegal Immigration, Looting in AZ, Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Ding, ding It’s on!!! Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley are openly battling over the $700,000 in funds set aside for illegal immigration enforcement.  The office of County Attorney controls the release of said funds.  Arpaio touts making 40,000 arrests in his recent raids on illegal immigrants and wants more funds released to continue the raids, but Romley has refused.  In reaction, the Sheriff has plans to ask that the law allowing the County Attorney to control the funds be taken away.  For now, Arpaio intends to shift funds from other areas within the Sheriff’s Office to continue the raids.

Romley countered that one case had already cost the county $3.5 million (clearly more than the $700,000 allocated) and that giving any more funds to Arpaio would be….um…..wasteful.  Romley announced he intends to use the funds himself to go after Employers hiring illegal immigrants and not the immigrants themselves.

Seems to me that Romley has logic on his side.  First, going after employers and using the laws we already had on the books is something AZ should have been doing all along. Eliminate the jobs, you eliminate the incentive to come here in the first place.  The only way to eliminate the jobs is to get the employers to stop hiring them!  Second, new state laws like SB1070, love it or hate it, will probably end up costing us more money in the long run because of state boycotts and challenges to its constitutionality.  Third, of the 40,000 illegal immigrants arrested at least one had the wherewithal to fight the case and cost the county millions of dollars. What are the odds that more than one of the people or even a class action suit is in the works that will cost us more?  Fourth, where the heck does Arpaio think he is going to move funds from within his office?  Their 911 reaction times are already glacially slow and their coverage of the county is too spread out.  Move funds….great, so the underserved county will be even more underserved so you can round up mostly poor, desperate and powerless immigrants.  Great idea! /snark

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