Friday, May 12, 2006

LMC's Immigration Plan

"America's Toughest Sheriff"

I have yet to do a post on immigration. It is an issue that I can see both sides of but I am increasingly of the opinion that cracking down is necessary. National Security demands that we have control of our borders. The difficulty is this is a messy problem with no easy answers. But I have found someone who is doing it right and his courage should inspire us all.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has come to be known as "American's Toughest Sheriff" is awesome. Suzie posted on him a couple of days ago and I was intrigued. Here is an awesome excerpt about him from her post:
"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."

He bought Newt Gingrich' lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails.

When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.
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Yesterday Roger Hedgecock filled in for Rush and had Sheriff Joe on the show. Go here to hear the interview. I was so impressed. He doesn't mess around. He said this to Roger during the interview:
"I don't worry about getting sued. I get sued going to the toilet."

Here are some excerpts from his biography on how successful he has been with curbing criminals:
"On August 3, 1993, he started the nation's largest Tent City for convicted inmates. Over 2000 convicted men and women serve their sentences in a canvas incarceration compound. It is a remarkable success story and has garnered the attention of government officials and media worldwide.

The same is true for his chain gangs which work six days a week contributing thousands of dollars of free labor to the community. The male chain gang and the world's first ever female chain gang clean streets, paint over graffiti, and bury the indigent in the county cemetery.

Equally impressive are the Sheriff's get tough policies. Arpaio doesn't believe in coddling criminals, frequently saying that jails should not be country clubs. He banned smoking, coffee, pornographic magazines, movies and unrestricted television in all jails. He has the cheapest meals in the country too. The average inmate meal costs under 20 cents.

Arpaio also has launched innovative rehabilitation programs like "Hard Knocks High ", the only accredited high school in an American jail. His ALPHA program teaches inmates to turn away from drugs. It is one of his proudest accomplishments. A high percentage of ALPHA graduates leave his jail clean and sober and rarely, if ever, return to incarceration."

And right now he is cracking down on illegal immigration. Here is what Valley Law enforcement is doing in Arizona:
"Valley law enforcement agencies are ramping up efforts to combat illegal immigration, but they are using the state's anti-human-smuggling statute to tackle the problem from two different directions.

On the one hand, a multi-agency financial crimes task force has been using surveillance and undercover operations for the past two months to target smugglers and cripple them financially.

On the other hand, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has mobilized a posse to seek out and arrest undocumented immigrants for conspiracy to smuggle themselves into the United States.

The efforts come on the heels of an anti-human-smuggling statute that took effect in Arizona in August and gave prosecutors a tool to go after "coyotes," or smugglers, who traffic in undocumented immigrants. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office later issued an opinion saying undocumented immigrants suspected of paying coyotes could be prosecuted as conspirators.

Both approaches initially appear to be having an impact."

So what is my immigration plan?

We need a Sheriff Joe in every county along the border. Now since we can't clone him I recommend that we begin a training program. We recruit a bunch of like-minded toughies and Sheriff Joe will train them. With men like him in charge we'll clean this immigration problem right up. Sounds good to me!!

SOURCES:
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Immigration Crackdown Intensifies
"America's Toughest Sheriff" Rounding up Illegals
Arizona Sheriff's Posse round up Illegals

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