Arpaio deserves a medal.....and a pardon

© 2016 Jim Spence - Ever drive to Alamogordo, Ruidoso, or Albuquerque when you were running late and come upon a long line of cars at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints between Las Cruces and these places? Well, what can you do? It is just the way it is, right? We spend $3.7 billion dollars per year to keep the borders secure right? Otherwise we have chaos. Well not really. We have chaos. Just go to any emergency room anywhere if you don't believe it. The U.S. Border Patrol should have a branch office in emergency rooms.
Recently there was a report released by the Center for Immigration Studies. The report quotes former immigration judge Andrew R. Arthur as saying that under Barack Obama some 100,000 cases were “quietly closed with no action taken.” But the figure could be as high as 200,000. The judge had much more to say. He thinks the Obama administration's use of the practice of simply closing cases with no action taken may have been one of many ways it cooked the books as it relates to the true number of cases that are pending adjudication before the immigration courts.
As was the case with the well-chronicled IRS abuses of power under Obama, “Prosecutorial Discretion” became the sly method for not enforcing any laws the Democrats did not like, but could not get changed under the U.S. Constitution. Judge Arthur says there is no longer a “blanket abdication of authority,” in his report titled, "The Immigration Court Backlog Is Larger than We Know."
This situation illustrates the ultimate waste of resources that is so common in Washington D.C. We pay $3.7 billion per year for the Border Patrol, and then Democrats allow immigration law violators to stay inside our borders permanently. This practice was no secret and it infuriated millions of Americans. One American in particular who was infuriated was Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio did his duty. He enforced the immigration laws. This of course, got him crosswise with the OPEN BORDERS obsessed Obama administration. Eventually, Joe Arpaio was cleverly ambushed by Obama officials. Outlandishly, DOJ lawyers schemed with a local judge in Phoenix and charged Arpaio with minor offenses associated with his decision to enforce the immigration laws. The charges were minor enough in nature to prevent Arpaio from be able to request a jury trial. However, they were just serious enough, and timed perfectly, to smear him in the media and get him beat in his re-election bid last year. Open border Democrats in the media in the Phoenix area poured the racism charges on thick to insure Arpaio’s election defeat. He lost narrowly last November.
When Donald Trump pardoned the 85 year old sheriff last weekend, the howls from the Democrats were predictable. Everyone knows Democrats scream racism like it is a bodily function. What was astonishing were the comments from some GOP lawmakers who are revealing just how corrupt they are, and how deep their disregard for fairness is. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan had this to say:
"The speaker does not agree with this decision. Law enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon."
John McCain tried to con Arizonans: "No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted with the privilege of being sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold. Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders."
McCain added that Trump's pardon, "Undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”
Respect for the rule of law? Allow me to pause to fight back the wave of nausea that arrives anytime McCain speaks. Arpaio was one of the few law enforcement officials in the nation who actually respected the law. In a county plagued by gang violence associated with tens of thousands of illegal aliens, it was Arpaio who not only RESPECTED but also enforced the rule of law.
Sadly, Paul Ryan and John McCain join the growing list of stale and unprincipled rogues who need primary challenges from reputable individuals. The GOP needs to take a bath. It really stinks.  
This is modern America. Somehow Arpaio’s enforcement of the rule of law has been twisted so that the lawbreakers get immunity, while the sheriff becomes subject to prosecution. He faced a misdemeanor charge in front of a biased judge thanks to the dirty politics of Barack Obama and leading officials in the GOP are OK with it.

Joe Arpaio should not have only gotten a pardon, he should be given a presidential medal in a White House ceremony.

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