"It doesn't bother me, because we are going to do the same thing,"..."I am the elected sheriff. I don't take orders from the federal government."
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
SURPRISE, Ariz. — An Arizona sheriff known for cracking down on people who are in the country illegally launched a crime and immigration sweep in northwestern metro Phoenix on Friday, a half day after officials in Washington limited his powers to make federal immigration arrests.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose sweeps have led to allegations of racial profiling, said the rebuff from Washington won't stop him. He said he can still arrest immigrants under a state smuggling law and a federal law that gives all local police agencies more limited power to detain suspected illegal immigrants.
It's about time we have someone in the country willing to not only crack down on the illegal immigration problem but also is willing to ignore the Obama administration's effort to completely gut the protection of our borders.
It will be interesting to follow this story and see where it goes.