Your last sentence guess says it all. What I read into it is ignore the issue. If so, we will disagree. There are ways for LE to enforce immigration laws without violating citizens and legal alien rights. I was looking for your opinion on how you see LE carrying that out.
By far the most realistic way to go after illegal immigration without doing tons of collateral damage is to go after employers. Racial profiling means harming US citizens, severely, just because of the color of their skin. Carding the parents of school children means creating a permanent underclass of US citizens kids who can't go to school. An enforcement focused strategy means spending absurd amounts of money losing the war like with the drug war. It also means a whole class of people who don't feel that they can report crimes to the police which creates massive hurdles to law enforcement. Etc. But going after employers doesn't have those impacts. It is cheap, it doesn't undermine law and order, it doesn't have as serious of impacts on the next generation, etc. But, there is a catch. If we just suddenly rolled out a system nationwide that effectively made it impossible for any company to hire an illegal immigrant we would collapse the economy overnight. Literally tens of thousands of businesses would immediately be unable to operate at a profit. Entire industries like fruit would shut down and hundreds of thousands or even millions of US citizens would lose their jobs in the crash. That really is not an exaggeration. There are hundreds of studies on it. All policy makers know that. That is why even Republican governors and mayors in deeply Republican jurisdictions never actually pull the trigger on something like that. They campaign about it because their base like the sound of it, but they never actually do it. That's why- because they know if would collapse their economy.
So, before we can actually shut off the employment we need something to fill in the gap. A real guest worker program. Much larger than what we have now and much more focused on manual labor. Those are the jobs that we are leaving behind as we progress economically. We want citizens doing information economy jobs, but the manual labor still needs to get done. That is the niche a guest worker program should be filling. But, any attempt to do that gets killed immediately by the kneejerk reaction of the right. Somebody calls it "amnesty" and it becomes too politically toxic to go near. So, we're caught in this catch-22. The aggressiveness with which the the right is demanding that we solve the illegal immigration problem is preventing us from solving the illegal immigration problem. What we need is for the right to calm itself down. It needs to take a realistic, practical, look at the issue and get on board with reform. Until that happens, we're stuck with the status quo and people like Arpaio just make the status quo worse by blowing money on ineffective, pointless, tormenting of people, including US citizens.
Are you a lawyer? If so, it explains how you answer and the questions you pose. MCSO is being sued. Does that mean they are guilty, just because DOJ filed the suit? Seems to me they deserve their day in court. Innocent till proven guilty in a court of law.
I also don't agree with you 100% on how you think MCSO sweeps are being conducted.
I will agree with you on going after more on the employers of illegal aliens. That is what MCSO has done in many cases. They also then arrest individuals suspected of ID theft or being here illegally. The arrest are done with cause. Guess it will be interesting once the SC rules on SB1070 and State rights.
And they clearly aren't on some mission to get Apraio. They offered him a very reasonable settlement where he would just have to clean up his act going forward and they would not prosecute him for any of the things he has done so far. All he had to agree to was to permit a DOJ monitor to track his progress. But he refused. That's why it is going to court.
That isn't what the constitution says. It isn't what the courts say the constitution says. It isn't how we've ever operated as a country... The constitution spells out clearly what rights are given to citizens, what rights are given to everybody, and what limits are on government regardless of who it is acting against. Just asserting that you don't believe it doesn't change that in any way.
Illegal immigrant numbers plunge - Los Angeles Times
If all undocumented immigrants were counted in the census, that would be about 20%. But more likely most undocumented immigrants did not respond to the census, so it'd be more like 16% or so.