The Obama Administration has been on a witch hunt against the state of Arizona since shortly after coming to power. While most of the press has focused on the Administration’s lawsuit against Arizona’s immigration reform, that has not been the only attack on this State by the Feds.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been at the receiving end of the Obama Administration’s ewer because of his department’s tough stance on criminals and illegal immigrants. For 18-months the Justice Department has been looking into how the Sheriff treats inmates and whether he discriminates against Hispanics.
This week another department of the Unites State government released its report on Sheriff Arpaio’s jails. This federal audit, which started in September 2009, gave a favorable grade for treatment of inmates and the facilities themselves with an in “compliant” grade, the highest mark possible. The Marshall’s report specifically stated: “This deputy was impressed with the overall facility operation and cleanliness.”
OK, so the U.S. Marshalls concluded that the good Sheriff and his department are in compliance. That should be good enough for the Justice Department, right? Wrong. The Justice Department said that its investigation will continue and justifies this second test by stating that it “pertains to allegations of discrimination in jails and police practices that are not covered by the Marshals Service review.” In addition, they said that the Marshals’ inspections are “check-box” reviews not intended for civil-rights investigations. That excuse is nothing more than political doubletalk with the Obama Administration using the Department of Justice to further its political agenda. Wow, these Progressives make Tricky Dick Nixon’s group look like amateurs!
The Obama Administration’s attack on the people of the State of Arizona is deplorable. The problem is not Arizona, but the illegal traffic crossing our southern border. The problem is the federal government not doing its job securing our borders. The problem is the growing violence in Mexico that is seeping across the border and will only get worse.
Obama’s action against Arizona mimics that of his foreign policy where he attacks friends and cozies up to real enemies.