One of the topics that has caused my close friends or family to become so emotional and outraged is the topic of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. Even though I am from Arizona, I don’t really know too much about Sheriff Joe. However, I do know that there are a lot of people that are upset with him. I was speaking to some illegal aliens (in Spanish) one day and they said that their cousin was captured by Sheriff Joe. One person even told me that someone they know died because of Sheriff Joe. Another person said that he takes mothers away from their children as their helpless children are crying. Those are serious concerns indeed.
Although there are many accusations and lawsuits against the famous Arizona Sheriff, I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt. One thing I have always liked about him is that instead of giving criminals freshly brewed coffee and a flat screen TV, he makes them do physical labor, wear pink underclothes, and eat green bologna sandwiches. I have personally seen the “chain gangs” along the side of busy roads while driving to work.
One of the reasons that I know people don’t like him is because they think he is a racist – that he hates Mexicans. I think that’s a pretty serious accusation to make against someone. One of the questions I have is if he doesn’t do something about the problems with illegals in Maricopa County, then who will? If he’s not doing things the right way, then what is the right way?
Another issue is the dangers that illegals bring to our country. Doesn’t enforcing our borders and pressuring illegals to return to Mexico make us all safer? For example, a man who owned a ranch near the border of Mexico in AZ was found dead on his property (Article). It is believed that he was killed by a drug smuggler or illegal alien. Another story I heard involved a couple who were jet-skiing in a lake in Texas – near the border. The husband was shot and killed by a sniper from across the border (Article). The wife escaped to tell the story.
If Sheriff Joe is truly a corrupt Sheriff, then where is the evidence? I know there are a lot of people that are upset at him, but I don’t think that upset people are going to be enough for me to stop voting for him.
Other interesting articles / websites relating to Sheriff Joe:
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