During an interview with Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto on Friday, the man known by many as "America's Toughest Sheriff" said he believes that the Obama administration's claim that more people in the U.S. illegally have been deported than ever before since President Barack Obama took office is a deceptive claim.
More than 30 percent of the suspects detained in his jails on criminal charges were arrested before and his office turned them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation, according to Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In fact, ICE agents have been up-in-arms over the Obama White House's handling of criminal aliens, according to an Examiner news report.
The Arizona lawman also told Cavuto that the Obama administration isn't being completely honest with American citizens on the illegal immigration, criminal aliens, and how they are being being handled by the federal government.
"One of two things is happening: either the federal government is quietly ushering illegal aliens out its back doors and back onto our streets, or our border is still so wide open that deportees continue to re-enter the country illegally with remarkable ease," Sheriff Arpaio said in a news release.
According to Obama's Homeland Security Department officials, who are responsible for border security and enforcing immigration laws, DHS is approaching 2-million people deported since Obama took office in 2009. But national security and counterterrorism experts claim those numbers are inflated.
For example, according to a former police lieutenant, Stephen Hodges, "The Obama bean-counters are using numbers that shouldn't be used in their 'deportations column.' If a Border Patrol agent apprehends someone attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico, and the agent sends the intruder back from where he came, the bean-counters categorize that apprehension as a deportation. It's a lie."
During his appearance on Cavuto's show, Arpaio told the Fox News host that he wants to know why one of three illegal aliens arrested by his deputies and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation proceedings are discovered back on the streets of Maricopa County, which includes the city of Phoenix.
Arpaio also said, "Law enforcement across the county arrests these offenders, officers place immigration holds to keep the offenders in jail, and then they are turned over to the federal government that brags about 'record deportations.' Yet our statistics paint a very different picture. These 'deportations' are either not happening or are exceptionally ineffective and that means Washington is failing the American people and hiding the truth."