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Arpaio launches 2-day immigration sweep

Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a press conference on the latest round of crime suppression sweeps on Monday evening. Nov. 16, 2009.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio launched a two-day crime-suppression and illegal-immigration sweep on Monday, as dozens of protestors lined a south Phoenix street close to where the sheriff outlined the plans at a crowded press conference.

Slideshow: Sheriff Arpaio’s press conference

It is the second such operation since the federal government stripped Arpaio of street-level immigration patrols under the direction of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Arpaio contends he still can seek to identify illegal immigrants during street patrols using state laws against human smuggling and sanctions for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

The sheriff said his office plans to target semi-trailers and other load vehicles along alternative routes Valleywide, where human smugglers could be attempting to avoid checkpoints, such as those along Interstate 10 and Interstate 17, en route to drop houses.

“We are also noticing a significant change in travel routes,” Arpaio said. “State highways still remain the main travel paths for smugglers and their co-conspirators, but more and more vehicles are being apprehended at alternative, out-of-the-way routes.”

Arpaio said anyone who films the stops along the interstate, including what he described as “open-borders groups,” would be arrested, saying it is illegal to stop and stand unless it’s an emergency.

“These open-borders activists will be warned only once,” he said.

Dozens of protestors along Lower Buckeye Road stood with signs carrying statements, such as “We are human” and “I will not be bullied.”

During the press conference, Arpaio downplayed questions about whether he was grandstanding while Vice President Joe Biden and the national media were in town. Biden spoke in Phoenix Monday morning about the national economy.

“This is just another example of Arpaio’s lack of respect for the Obama Administration and he continues to thumb his nose at the administration,” said protestor Lydia Guzman, president of SOMOS America. Guzman was among a group of protestors across the street from the entrance of the MCSO training building.

“Arpaio’s sweep was nothing but political posturing,” she said.

Mercedes Mercado-Ochoa, a member of the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens, said she believes Arpaio is doing the sweeps just to impress the national media in town.

“He’s spending so much taxpayer money on these crime sweeps that it’s not funny anymore,” she said. “He should be held accountable to the taxpayers for the amount he is spending on these sweeps.”

The sweep will entail 200 members of Arpaio’s volunteer posse and reserves, as well as sheriff’s office deputies. Helicopters will also assist in the operation, which Arpaio said will have a%

via Arpaio launches 2-day immigration sweep | Immigration | eastvalleytribune.com.

Arpaio launches new 2-day long crime sweep in Valley

Reported by: Katrina Wessman

Email: kwessman@abc15.com

Last Update: 5:38 am

MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has launched a new immigration and crime suppression sweep in the Valley.

Lieutenant Brian Lee said about 200 volunteer posse, reserves and deputies will participate in the two-day sweep that started at 5 p.m. Monday.

As of 9:45 p.m. Monday, 27 people have been taken into custody. According to officials, nine of the 27 were arrested on various state charges and do not appear to be undocumented immigrants.

Lee said the remaining 18 are currently being processed from a “load vehicle” in North Phoenix and are suspected of being in the country illegally.

Arpaio said previously this operation will take advantage of posse helicopters to visually assist ground crews in locating potential “load vehicles.”

Arpaio said this operation will have a substantial focus on human smuggling.

The sheriff's sweeps in some heavily Latino areas of metro Phoenix have drawn criticism that Arpaio's deputies racially profile people.

Arpaio said people pulled over in the sweeps were approached because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes and that it was only afterward that deputies found many of them were illegal immigrants.

Since March 2006, Sheriff's deputies have reportedly stopped hundreds of load vehicles concluding in the arrests of 1,710 smugglers and co-conspirators, under the felony human smuggling laws.

The undocumented immigration enforcement by deputies has netted a total of 3,532 arrests on state and federal charges since March 2006.

In October, the Obama administration took away Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s authority under the 287g program, which grants power to local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws.

Under the program, 100 sheriff's deputies had been trained to arrest people suspected of being in the country illegally.

However, now, those deputies must call ICE agents to make those arrests.

via Arpaio launches new 2-day long crime sweep in Valley – Phoenix Arizona news, breaking news, local news, weather radar, traffic from ABC15 News | ABC15.com.

Black Male Faces More Likely to Be Seen As Threatening | Miller-McCune Online Magazine

A research team led by psychologist Jenessa Shapiro of the University of California, Los Angeles conducted a preliminary study and three experiments to determine whether whites are more likely to perceive facial expressions as threatening if the face in question belongs to an African-American male. Their disturbing results are detailed in their paper “Following in the Wake of Anger,” which was published online Tuesday in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

via News Blog Articles | Black Male Faces More Likely to Be Seen As Threatening | Miller-McCune Online Magazine.

Feathered Bastard – SPLC’s Heidi Beirich Whacks Joe Arpaio for Playing Pattycake with Nativists and Neo-Nazis

But the juicy stuff came when Beirich’s PowerPoint presentation alighted on the subject of the local nativist population and Sheriff Joe’s pandering to both the nativists and the neo-Nazis. Beirich showed photos from this blog of armed United for a Sovereign America members counterdemonstrating at the recent children’s walk to Joe’s Wells Fargo offices. Driving home the point of U.S.A.’s virulent racism, she threw up U.S.A.’s prejudiced caricature of President Obama as “Uncle Sambo,” and First Lady Michelle Obama in a “mammy” kerchief as Aunt Jemima.

via Phoenix – Feathered Bastard – SPLC’s Heidi Beirich Whacks Joe Arpaio for Playing Pattycake with Nativists and Neo-Nazis.

2 children pulled from Phoenix apartment pool

It’s almost, but not quite, funny to me… this isn’t the first story I’ve seen in the years I’ve lived here where a child was pulled from the water during a pool party where adults were present… and I’ve seen comments where the parents should be charged with neglect, but in this story and just about any other that contains the key word “south Phoenix” the assumption that the adults were all drunk & high is front & center.

A pool party where all the adults are off hiding, smoking the crack pipe, drinkin the gin, totin some powerful golden bud and NOT supervising the rugrats.

FD: 2 children pulled from Phoenix apartment pool | ABC15.com

Keepin’ it Gangsta, but not… or, what’s in a name, really? (Aug 08 Crime Maps added)

So I’ve been on this intermittent campaign for the last six months or so, I have been documenting news stories about my community culled from keyword (“South Phoenix”) searches of mainstream media. They have almost exclusively portrayed the area I call home in a manner that would have people believe that the violence in my neighborhood could rival that of the most gang infested areas of LA. They’ve had some of my readers wondering why I don’t move.

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