Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio launches immigration sweep

October 17th, 2009

I’m in Phoenix now, so I might as well blog this cool quote from Sheriff Joe:

“It doesn’t bother me, because we are going to do the same thing,” said Arpaio, whose deputies had arrested 16 people by Friday evening on unspecified charges. “I am the elected sheriff. I don’t take orders from the federal government.”

I may not agree with Sheriff Joe’s methods, but I admire his chutzpah and views on federalism. Not everyone is happy though:

“He is doing this to thumb his nose at the Obama administration,” said Lydia Guzman, president of the Hispanic civil rights group Somos America.

via The Associated Press: Ariz. sheriff launches immigration sweep.