In a recent Washington Times interview with former syndicated radio host Rusty Humphries, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio weighed in on a number of timely issues, including the ongoing influx of illegal immigrants into his state.
The Maricopa County lawman, often referred to as America’s toughest sheriff, shared his view that the unchecked surge of unaccompanied minors across the southern border is, at least on some level, by design.
“I think the White House sometimes is incompetent,” he affirmed; “but I can’t imagine them doing this without realizing that there was going to be some controversy.”
Arpaio’s theory, he revealed, is that Barack Obama is allowing the steady stream of illegals to continue so he will be in a better position to pass executive orders that further his ultimate goal of amnesty. He complained that the recidivism rate among illegals is astronomical, suggesting that official reports underestimate the levels of violence and gang activity associated with their arrival.
Already known for being tough on illegals, Arpaio echoed recent concerns regarding the potential integration of young gang members into the stream of minors crossing the border.
“Why are they hiding these kids from the media?” he wondered. “Well, I think I have a theory here. I don’t think they’re all young kids. I would bet there are 16-, 17-year-olds. How do we know they’re not members of a gang coming across?”
Further criticizing the ineffectiveness of federal authorities to stop the assault on American immigration laws, Arpaio concluded that this nation could absolutely rein in such abuses if leaders were dedicated to doing so.
“We’re the greatest country in the universe,” he asserted. “You’re trying to tell me that we can’t control the illegal immigration coming into our country?”
During the interview, Arpaio addressed his critics – many of whom are federal government officials.
He said that acrimony on the part of the Obama administration has made it increasingly difficult for him to do his job.
“Anything that has to do with illegal immigration, there seems to be a blackout sometimes,” he said, “especially with me.”
He said that he is “the one they’re going after,” although in reality, he is trying to help the federal government by performing his prescribed duty to uphold the law.
“That’s sad in a way,” Arpaio lamented. “But you know what? It doesn’t bother me.”
He concluded that he actually finds joy in the altercations, declaring that he is “not going to surrender.”
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