Illegal immigration enforcement funds held back while Hispanic groups urge quick passage of reform pledge

Arizona, being a border state, has it’s own problems with illegal immigration. Enter Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Some may know the Arizona Law Enforcement Official as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” as he was dubbed by the media years ago.  As an elected official, he continues to receive the popular vote by residents to enforce the laws in the fourth largest Sheriff’s office in the nation.

To date, the statistics stated from the Sheriff’s office indicate:

State law arrests by Sheriff’s deputies of persons transporting or being transported illegally into Arizona is 1,285

Federal law arrests by Sheriff’s deputies who, in the course of their duties, determine the arrestee is in Arizona illegally is 1,621

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “holds” by the Sheriff’s detention officers have turned over 23,261 illegal immigrants to Immigration authorities for deportation

In Phoenix, AZ earlier this week the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to postpone the acceptance of $1.6 million from the state to help pay for illegal immigration enforcement by the nationally infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Sheriff has been under fire for his immigration enforcement.

In an AP report “…Hispanic groups on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to follow through now on its pledge to pass immigration reform or risk an undercount of millions of people.”

The New York Times said President Obama has promised immigration enforcement that would focus less on illegal workers and more on the employers who rely on them.

During economic hard times the United States has historically tightened the enforcement of illegal immigrant deportation.

President Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens during The Great Depression.

After WWII Harry Truman deported illegal immigrants in order to create jobs for returning veterans.

President Eisenhower deported Mexican nationals in 1954 through “Operation Wetback” to allow for a better opportunity for returning American WWII and Korean veterans to gain employment.

According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services Fact Sheet: Through the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2009 (Public Law 110-329), Congress created the Fiscal Year 2009 Citizenship Grant Program.  This competitive grant program provides approximately $1.2 million of federal funding-in the form of 12 $100,000 individual awards-to support citizenship preparation programs for legal permanent residents (LPRs).

We may be in the midst of a change in American history.


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