Maricopa County Sheriff's Office | April 13, 2009 | Sheriff Joe Arpaio
106 West 145th Street
Harlem, New York City, New York 10039
Fax: 212 690 3070
Dear Reverend Sharpton:
I have read about you with much
interest since learning of the protest you plan to lead against me in
Maricopa County in June as a way to force my resignation or removal from
Your public proclamation leads me to the conclusion: not only do you not
understand Arizona; you also do not understand democracy. As the elected
Sheriff who, so far has been elected to five consecutive four-year
terms, I answer to the four million residents of Maricopa County. I do
not answer to the whims of the media, or locally and nationally elected
officials who want open borders and who have their own agendas. Nor do I
answer to a publicity hound outside interloper who has demonstrated no
interest in looking for the truth before making loud uninformed noises.
While your public outcries are colorful, there are several instances
where you have inserted yourself into other people's affairs without
knowing any of the facts. Poor judgment has caused you plenty of trouble
in the past and promises to do so again. Most earnest people want to
learn by their mistakes. You seem to glory in repeating them.
I would like to help you avoid further embarrassment by assisting in
your understanding of the illegal immigration problem here in my county.
When and if you do make the trip here, I invite you to call me to talk
about these false allegations.
We can discuss how my deputies are extensively trained by the federal
government to properly combat illegal immigration and how the laws of
this state allow this Sheriff's Office to question and investigate the
immigration status of those people deputies detain in the course of our
everyday law enforcement duties.
Don't make the same mistake made by the four Democratic Congressmen
calling for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of this office.
They and other politicians relied solely on media reports and anti-law
enforcement handouts that are replete with inaccuracies. They have
brainwashed a handful of local residents to believe these lies. Rest
assured that the men and women of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
do not racially profile anyone.
However, we do enforce the state and federal illegal immigration laws.
And we will continue to do so as long as these laws are on the books.
You can parachute into town, stomp your feet up and down and hold more
press conferences against me -- that is a hallmark of democracy too --
but you will not stop me, nor slow me down for one second, from doing
what is right.
Before you bring your circus to town and take to our streets by marching
against this Sheriff, let's get you fully informed for a change.
Congressman John Conyers did not have the courtesy to respond to my
invitation to visit with me personally. I hope you will consider my
invitation. Surely, a man like yourself -- a reverend -- who famously
preaches from the church pulpit understands the infinite wisdom of these
words: You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. Let's
talk about the truth, Reverend. I await your response.
Sheriff, Maricopa County