Recently, President Trump announced that he was pardoning Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio who, this past July, was found guilty of contempt of court for defying a 2011 court order to cease and desist picking up people he presumed were illegal immigrants and turning them over to Border Patrol for possible deportation. According to the trial, Sheriff Joe ordered his deputies to continue to function in the same manner as they had prior to the court ruling and he remained defiant about his tough stance on the policing of illegal immigrants.
The ruling as to whether or not Sheriff Apraio could detain illegals pivoted on the concept of racial profiling. According to various news sources, those usually picked up were “Latino drivers,” but this is laughable because the vast majority of “illegals” in the area of southern Arizona would be Latino—oops, the “Catch 22” of liberal logic. But, from the perspective of the Obama Administration and those who promote illegal immigration, this was a very convenient way to go after Arpaio, a man who had held the position of sheriff in his county for 24 years.
The Obama Administration made it quite clear that it was turning a blind eye to illegals crossing our southern border and no doubt warned area law enforcement to do the same since immigration is a “federal matter.” Sheriff Arpaio was said to have continued to violate the 4th Amendment rights of illegals by detaining them until they could be turned over to federal authorities for deportation. But I ask you: Since when, is an “illegal immigrant” entitled to 4th Amendment rights protection under our Constitution since they are not citizens? Border Patrol asks all people departing the border area a simple question: Are you a U.S. citizen? Has the Border Patrol violated the illegals rights too?
So, now we have a change of administration in Washington. Obama is out; Trump is in. The attitude toward illegal immigration has now shifted back to something more in line with our existing laws. Sheriff Arpaio was an ardent and vocal supporter of Trump early on in the campaign process. President Trump apparently did not agree that the sheriff should be prosecuted or punished for his efforts to reduce illegal immigration and there is no indication that the Border Patrol ever instructed the sheriff to cease his efforts. Trump inquired of Attorney General Jeff Sessions if it was possible to end the proceedings before Mr. Arpaio was sentenced, but in the end he concluded that a pardon was the best approach. On August 25th, the Mr. Trump issued that pardon.
Predictably, the liberals and the media fell out in convulsions and fits of rage over the pardon. It was fine for Barack Obama to pardon anyone he wanted (Chelsea Manning) and the same was true for Bill Clinton, who turned loose his share of scumbags (Marc Rich) during the final days of his presidency. But, we cannot have such behavior exhibited by President Trump especially when it concerns such a mean man like Joe Arpaio.
In the past few days, I saw a news headline on the Internet indicating that President Trump’s pardon of the Sheriff Arpaio is directly tied to the investigation of his supposed collusion with the Russians. I had to read the story because I could not imagine what the connection might be. As it turns out, this “news” was conjured up on the basis of James Comey’s statement that he felt that President Trump had “ordered” him to stop investigating Michael Flynn. When Comey did not, Trump fired him. So, since President Trump had a discussion with AG Sessions about ending the prosecution of Sheriff Arpaio, Trump must have also been “ordering” such action on the part of Sessions. Thus, the two activities are linked merely by Trump’s supposed propensity for making people think he is “ordering” them to do things, but beyond that, there isn’t any connection whatsoever.
Every way we turn in this nation today, we have either a bunch of crying liberals who want to come up with some new law to keep our existing laws from functioning, or we have some group that has dedicated itself to totally neutering our system of laws or applying them unequally. If you do not understand that statement, let me put it another way: If you are a conservative, there will never exist a situation in which you could ever be discriminated against, racially profiled, falsely prosecuted, or generally bullied because you are on the wrong side of the political spectrum. That is exactly where Sheriff Arpaio found himself, but he stood on principle, believing that laws were on the books and those laws would be prosecuted aggressively as long as he wore the badge. For that belief, he could have spent the rest of his days behind bars while illegals roamed our streets. President Trump put an end to that charade, and I am quite sure it had nothing to do with the Russians.
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