Ariz. governor ends sheriff’s immigration contract

Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) ? Gov. Janet Napolitano ordered the state to end an anti-illegal immigration contract with a high-profile sheriff Tuesday so she can pay for a larger effort to track down thousands of felons around Arizona.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday criticized the governor’s decision as a maneuver to thwart his efforts against illegal immigrants.

“Dirty politics are at work right now,” Arpaio said at a news conference.

Napolitano spokeswoman Jeanine L’Ecuyer denied that the Democratic governor was trying to cut into efforts to stop illegal immigration.

“It couldn’t be further from the truth,” L’Ecuyer said.

Pennie Gillette-Stroud, the DPS chief of the criminal investigations division, said Napolitano’s multi-agency task force will focus on violent, repeat criminals as well as undocumented immigrants with felony warrants.

To help pay for the task force, the state Department of Public Safety won’t renew a $1.6 million contract with the sheriff’s office. That contract ends May 17th, DPS spokesman Bart Graves said.

Arpaio Defies Napolitano, Continues Illegal Immigration Crackdown


Gov. Janet Napolitano is devoting $1.6 million to clean up 60,000 outstanding felony warrants in the state - an order that seems to have upset Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio said Napolitano’s order diverts money from Maricopa County, which he uses to crack down on illegal immigrants.

“I still have a gun and badge, I’m still the sheriff and I’m going to make the policy how my policy is,” Arpaio said. “And, Mesa - you’re next.”

Arpaio, who met with Napolitano for lunch last week, claimed she is part of a conspiracy to stop him from enforcing immigration laws. Arpaio accused the governor of joining Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox in a conspiracy against him.

“I got news for the governor, I’ve got news for the mayor, I’ve got news for Mary Rose Wilcox - money or no money, I guarantee you, we will fight this illegal immigration problem and Mesa, Arizona is our next stop,” Arpaio said.

Under the governor’s directive, the Arizona Department of Public Safety would oversee a multi-agency task force to hunt down felons.

“Our office has been asked to and will look into the legality of the governor’s actions,” Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said. “There were agreements signed and agreements now are not being honored so we will be looking into that issue.”

2 Responses to “Arpaio Defies Napolitano, Continues Illegal Immigration Crackdown”
  1. KevinNo Gravatar says:

    Associated Press:
    ?According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, there are about 59,000 outstanding, unserved felony warrants in the state. The majority are in Maricopa County, the state’s most populated county.?

    Actually, the majority are in the City of Phoenix w3here chief Harris refuses to enforce the law and why Joe is doing his sweeps.

    ?Under the governor’s directive, the Arizona Department of Public Safety would oversee a multi-agency task force to hunt down felons.?

    There is a task force AND it is funded. Jano has is attempting to kill two birds with one stone, strip Joe of the ability to enforce the law and grow government.

  2. BaabooNo Gravatar says:

    Go get’em Sheriff. A real man upholding the law, God Bless You !!

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