Sheriff Joe Arpaio wrote a letter of invitation to civil rights leader Al Sharpton-Truth!
Sheriff Joe Arpaio wrote a letter of invitation to civil rights leader Al Sharpton-Truth!Summary of eRumor: A forwarded email containing a letter addressed to Rev. Al Sharpton from Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County in the state of Arizona. It is an invitation from the Sheriff to discuss the policies and training in Maricopa county with Sharpton when he visits in June. Sharpton is organizing a protest march and demanding that Sheriff Arpaio be fired for racial profiling. The Truth: Sheriff Joe Arpaio wrote the letter to the Rev. Al Sharpton in response to the civil rights leaders plan to organize a protest in June 2009 in Phoenix, AZ. The Maricopa County Sheriffs Department has been rounding up illegal aliens in a series of immigration and crime sweeps. Meanwhile, Sharpton is claiming that this is an act of racial profiling and is calling for the sheriff to step down, according to an April 7, 2009 Reuters article. Click for letter in Adobe PDF format.
The Maricopa County Sheriff has been the subject of much controversy over the years about his treatment of prisoners forbidding smoking and coffee, outdoor jail tent city, pink underwear for prisoners and low cost diets.Truthorfiction.com has finding posted: Click here.
Maricopa Sheriff website says that their department interviews every inmate for immigration status and as of this posting, "Sheriff’s detention officers have turned over 23,806 illegal immigrants to Immigration authorities for deportation."
According to the Reuters article, Sharpton said, "Arpaio needs to be confronted, he needs to be removed. ... We also need to suspend the law that he is using. We must stand with our brown brothers and sisters."
Reuters also reported that an inquiry of Arpaio's activities had been recently launched by the U.S. Department of Justice. Hearings were also conducted about the federal program that permitted these tactics by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Arpaio has posted on his website that he had no intention of appearing before a senate panel on illegal immigration. Click to for statement.
In a March 25, 2009 media release from the Sheriff's department a two week series of traffic stops that netted over 108 illegal aliens. Sheriff Arpaio said, "My promise to the taxpayers of this county is this: as illegal aliens continue to pour into this county from Mexico, and they do, my deputies will meet them head on within the borders of this county with an equal degree of determination to stop them in their tracks.”
It appeared that the investigations and protests had no effect on the Sheriff's promise. KNXV-TV, an ABC affiliate in Phoenix, AZ reported on Thursday, April 23, 2009 that Arpaio told them that the Maricopa County Sheriffs Department would be mobilizing a posse of 200 volunteers for a sweep beginning at 5PM and lasting through the next day.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
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 office..
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