Sheriff Joe will be indicted soon. Protests, grand jury challenge Sheriff Joe Arpaio - Boston.com
It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Rounding up illegal aliens in street sweeps is not the answer. It's like chasing down drug users. You have to treat the source of the problem. Establishing and enforcing tough employment laws. Dry up the reason they come here. Starting fining companies that violate the rules. Implement stronger identification verification methods using biometrics.
I do not believe this man is a good example of a Sheriff. "Tough on crime" is a misleading thing. But I guess people enjoy watching their tax dollars go poof due to litigation.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
The key word here is "effective." What Sheriff Joe is doing is a poor use of officer man hours, tax dollars and resources. Longterm, sweeps have very little impact on overall crime. It's all show, and no substance.
I do love how those of us who actually know something about the field, when we point this out, are automatically called "liberals." When it comes to crime, I'm far from liberal. I just feel like local agencies are responsible to use tax dollars wisely and well, and that means NOT engaging in kneejerk reactions that are unlikely to create sustainable longterm change to the level of crime in a community.