Sheriff Joe Arpaio
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Joe Arpaio has been sheriff of Maricopa County since 1993 and has been reelected to 4-year terms an unprecedented six times.
Aug 2014 | TheDogPress.com
Barbara J. Andrews, Editor-In-Chief
Most U.S. citizens share his values and with the country in worsening economic crisis, drug gangs running murderous operations on both sides of the border, and the current invasion of illegal aliens the press persists in calling "immigrant children", it seems like a good time to check in with the Sheriff. In June of 2014 Newmax quoted Arpaio as saying the Obama administration is "dumping" migrant children at bus stops in his state to ease crowding at detention facilities in Texas. More governors and law enforcement leaders are contemplating similar actions as everyone struggles to be humane to their own constituents.
Sheriff Arpaio has his detractors but Arizona voters love him and dog owners want to “sic em” on Animal Rights Activists. Arpaio runs a humane and caring animal shelter but heartlessly deports illegal aliens and few criminals want to be repeat offenders in his county.
We've been covering Sheriff Arpaio since March of 2009. TheDogPress.com was immensely flattered to discover in August 2010 that Snopes had extensively quoted our reportage and extracted information from our coverage on Joe Arpaio. One reader cited Snopes opinion in refuting our support for the Sheriff.
Understanding that surely there must be someone in Phoenix Arizona who takes issue with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, we printed the reader's email but he has since withdrawn his comments so at his request, we removed his letter. Back to Joe.
You may remember him as the sheriff who painted the jail cells pink, invented Tent City and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. We called to interview him in 2010. In spite of what some people may think, Arpaio seeks no publicity and certainly, no self-promotion. We were not surprised to learn that, like the fence-mending cowboy of the old west, he doesn’t call a committee when something needs fixin’. Sheriff Joe uses common sense, whatever tools are at hand, fixes the problem and moves on to the next duty.
The rest of the country needs to find and elect a “Sheriff Joe” to your state’s House and Senate. Then quickly, before it’s too late, send them to Washington!
TheDogPress.com learned that Maricopa County was spending $18 million dollars a year on rounding up, housing and/or destroying stray cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take over the department and the County Supervisors said okay. Arpaio took the 30 year old First Avenue jail that was no longer used for inmates and outfitted it for dogs. Sure, his critics opened fire, charging him with keeping inmates in tents and dogs in air-conditioned comfort. He just shrugged it off, staffed the animal shelter with model prisoners who looked forward to feeding and caring for the saaved strays. Today Sheriff Joe has prisoners who are trained in animal nutrition, care, and behavior and they give classes for anyone who'd like to adopt an animal.
He's made many changes, among them quickly dropping an $18 million dollar Sheriff's department budget to under $3 million most of which is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. One writer said "Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78." Sheriff Arpaio pays prisoners out of fees collected for adopted animals.
We also learned "The rest of the country should take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand. He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer. It also fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery where prisoners work, and "you can buy a living Christmas tree for $8 and plant it later. We have six trees in our yard from the Prison."
Maricopa County appreciates their Sheriff, reelecting him with an average 83% of the vote.
There's a reason Arpaio has been reelected as Maricopa Arizona Sheriff for over two decades. Actually, there might be a whole pile of reasons: Sheriff Joe Arpaio created “Tent City Jail,” got jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them. He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails, took away their weights, cut off all but 'G' movies. He started chain gangs so the inmates could work on county and city projects.
Then he started Chain Gangs For Women so he wouldn't get sued for discrimination.
He took away cable TV until he found out there was A Federal Court Order that required cable TV for jails so he hooked up the cable TV again but only let in the Disney Channel and The Weather Channel. When asked why the weather channel he replied “So they will know how hot it’s gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.”
He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value. When the inmates complained, he told them, 'This Isn't The Ritz/Carlton......If you don't like it, don't come back.' Joe Arpaio makes his prisoners eat bologna sandwiches. He is not sympathetic to complaints. He tells inmates: 'It's 120 Degrees in Iraq and our Soldiers are living in tents too. And they have to wear full battle gear. But they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths.’
A few years ago the sheriff got in trouble with the ACLU - again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural that had a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn't doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He's a 'Git-R Dun' kind of Sheriff.
In 2009, Sheriff Joe was under investigation by the new administration's Justice Department for alleged discrimination. It seems he arrests illegal immigrants and deports them or turns them over to ICE. We discovered that Phoenix has the highest kidnapping rate of any U.S. city and Mexican police risk their lives along with our Border Patrol. The new Mexican President has been forced to call in federal troops to deal with gun battles in the streets. So, for protecting his citizens, Joe Arpaio is investigated by President Obama's Chicago buddy, Eric Holder, who runs the U.S. Dept. Of Justice? How just is that? If it weren't an ironic truth, it would be a joke.
Ironically, our government launched yet another investigation which will tie the Sheriff and his staff up in paperwork and prevent him from doing the job Arizona citizens depend on him to do. The DOJ can't ignore complaints but on the other hand, it should be too busy dishing out JUSTICE to criminals to have time to harass U.S. Peace Officers.
By mid-2014, kidnappings, murders, drug dealing, and illegal immigration numbers have broken all records for this great nation. Maricopa County residents and Sheriff Joe are literally under attack by drug cartels and the Federal Government! But he's not the only one. Arizona's Governor was sued by the Obama administration for enforcing the federal law that has been unenforced since the Bush administration. Texas is talking about "another Alamo" and using the National Guard to defend their southern borders.
We'll keep you informed but remember votes count, no matter where or who they come from. And that observation makes some administrations smile and citizens shudder...