It's no secret to many Americans that President Barack Obama and his administration, especially Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department hierarchy, have it in for the man known to many as America's toughest sheriff, according to supporters for the reelection of Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio in an email release on Sunday. The latest attacks on Arpaio stem from his exposing a Democratic Party favored activist group known as the Puente Movement.
Puente's legal team on June 18, 2014 filed a federal lawsuit against "Arpaio... and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office challenging... laws that turn immigrants into felons simply for working to provide for their families," according to the group's website.
"We are requesting an immediate injunction and permanent halt to the workplace raids and to expunge the records of raid victims who continue to face discrimination and barriers from exaggerated felony charges," Puente officials claim.
"They have spent more time and resources coming after me and my office to keep us from enforcing illegal immigration laws than they do working to stop illegal immigrants from crossing our borders," according to the 82-year-old Arpaio, who displays the energy of a man half his age,.
"Why? Because I'm the only law enforcement official in this state that has actively enforced our illegal immigration laws," he said in the campaign email.
Arpaio has frequently pointed out that the Obama administration placed a federal "monitor" in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to make there's no "racially profiling" going on within the department's jurisdiction. Arpaio calls this waste of taxpayer money absurd and says he's in the midst of appealing the ruling and will continue to appeal all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the past few days, Eric Holder's non-governmental agency allies such as the ultra-liberal American Civil Liberties Union and the aforementioned open-borders, pro-amnesty group called "Puente" filed a federal lawsuit to prevent Arpaio's deputies from conducting workplace operations to arrest "employees" that are engaged in identity theft by using other people's social security numbers.
"Being a victim of identity theft is no trivial matter. It can ruin your credit, your ability to purchase a car or a home and make your life miserable because someone broke the law and used your identification. I can't help it if the vast majority of these identity theft suspects are illegal immigrants," said Arpaio.
Arpaio claims that Puente is a radical group that demands the deportations of illegal aliens be stopped. Puents also wants permanent citizenship for those who have broken U.S. immigration laws to enter the United States. Even more absurd is the group's demand that the federal government disband both the U.S. customs and border patrol departments.
"They have consistently called for my arrest, protest outside my office or wherever I appear publicly and have actively worked to remove me from office. They're counting on me to surrender and quit," said Arpaio..
'I won't surrender. And I won't quit. I don't care if it's the Justice Department, liberal attorneys or these extreme open-border groups that want to see me gone. I've been the Sheriff for over 21 years and I took an oath to protect and defend both the Constitutions of the state of Arizona and the United States -- and I will do just that for as long as I am in office," declared the dedicated lawman who has served.
Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1954, Arpaio went to Washington, D.C., and became a police officer. He later served as a police officer in Las Vegas for six months until his appointment as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which later became the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). During his 25-year tenure with the DEA, he was posted in Argentina, Turkey and Mexico, and advanced through the ranks to the position of chief of the DEA's Arizona branch.