Big March In Phoenix Aimed At Removing Sheriff Joe Arpaio


Demonstrators from across the country are gearing up to assemble in Phoenix, Arizona next Saturday to demand that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio be removed from office. Arpaio has remained the top foe of immigrants living in the US and they’re ready to step up their fight.

The Los Angeles-based organization, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (, is coordinating a mass march in downtown Phoenix and are calling for people who don’t live in Arizona to join them.

Arpaio’s office has been under investigation by the Department of Justice for alleged racial-profiling and unfair treatment of Latinos. The ACLU has also filed a number of lawsuits on behalf of clients who were targeted by Arpaio’s deputies based on their skin color.

Maricopa County had been granted the power to enforce immigration law by ICE in 2004, but Arpaio’s use of that power was overstepped. Over the years, claims of intimidation and harassment by his office raised red flags and in 2009 the DOJ initiated a probe against Arpaio in which he refused to cooperate.

Last October, the Department of Homeland Security, under which ICE operates, stripped Arpaio from his ability to enforce immigration law, which includes questioning people about their immigration status and arresting them on the spot if they cannot provide proof that they are in the country legally. But a defiant Arpaio has continued to enforce immigration law under Arizona’s “Coyote Law.”

Vigilante groups have been Arpaio’s greater supporters from the beginning, defending the sheriff and also holding their own protests against immigrant groups. Immigrant advocacy organizations have been concerned that the vigilantes foment hate against immigrants that legally reside in the country as well as those who are undocumented.

In a video produced by NDLON to promote the January 16 march, an activist speaks out against the hate against immigrants that has taken a hold of people in Arizona:

“Our country must not become Arizona, we must raise our voices. We must ensure that other states, counties and municipalities don’t continue to adopt the policies, the practices, and the extreme anti-immigrant sentiment that prevails in Arizona.”

According to the group’s website, it hopes to accomplish the following:

  • A termination of Sheriff Arpaio’s 287(g) contract, which grants him federal immigration law enforcement authority.
  • An end to the controversial 287(g) program, the so called ” Secure Communities” initiative, and others like them that spread racial profiling and civil rights abuses across the nation.
  • An end to criminalization of migrants and communities of color in the name of immigration enforcement.
  • An end to family separation and government terror.
  • The passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation that provides legal status and political equality to undocumented immigrants.
  • A restoration of rights to all, including constitutional protections and due process.

For more information on the January 16 National Call To Action, click here.

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24 Responses to Big March In Phoenix Aimed At Removing Sheriff Joe Arpaio

  1. -5 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
    January 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Good. The draconian and quasi-racist tactics of this proto-fascist need to stop. We live in a country protected by a constitution and the rule of law, and the tactics used by this man go WAY over the line.

    • +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Yanqui
      January 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm

      Laws include a secure border and assimilation into American culture by immigrating legally not by crossing illegally.

      Arizona does not need or want your outside influences in our state.

      No amnesty nor any quarter given to those that break the laws of this nation.

      • -5 Vote -1 Vote +1Louise
        January 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm

        90% of americans want our borders sealed! Until our govt seals the borders, their so-called “War on Terror” is only an excuse to harass and strip the rights of american citizens. LEGAL immigrants are american citizens. Illegal immigrants must be sent back to their country. Look at the meat packing plants. Illegal immigration drove their wages down to poverty level…$18.00 an hour to $9.00 an hour. Put americans first!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1D. Porter
    January 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Illegal aliens aren’t “immigrants.” Illegal aliens are criminals and parasites, one and all. Their very presence here and practically everything they do on U. S. soil is illegal. They need to be ferreted out, rounded up like cattle, punished for their numerous crimes, then booted back to whence they snuck in from with such extreme prejudice that they will never, ever think of violating our sovereignty again. Enough is enough.

  4. -5 Vote -1 Vote +1Ivan
    January 9, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Finally, a grand jury is investigating the monster. Life in prison is the only fitting verdict for this racist creature!

  5. +9 Vote -1 Vote +1Maria
    January 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    All of the racists are protesting against Sheriff Arpaio because he does his job the way it’s supposed to be done. Illegal alien lawbreakers deserve nothing more than to be arrested and deported. One more thing: NO MORE AMNESTIES!

  6. +7 Vote -1 Vote +1Steph
    January 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Oh, boo hoo! The US has laws, one of which allows people to march in protest, so to avail yourselves to one of laws in protest of another law, that being the detention, prosecution and deportation of illegal aliens, makes y’all huge hypocrites. Not that I expect anything more from the pro-illegal alien crowd.

  7. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Mia
    January 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Sheriff Joe enforces the law on the books. Do we really want our law enforcement agencies picking and choosing which laws they will and won’t enforce? I don’t. If we don’t want this law enforced, change the law.

    Our current laws are ineffective, inefficient, and unpractical, creating a dangerous black market in human trafficking threatening not just the illegal immigrants, but the general public as well. I honestly cannot understand how and why people who sympathize with the illegal immigrants would want to leave these same people to the mercy of the coyotes. Altho I don’t understand why anyone who promote breaking the law either.

  8. +7 Vote -1 Vote +1Mia
    January 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    correction: why anyone WOULD promote breaking the law either

  9. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Littlefoot
    January 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Listen up. America wasn’t your country from the beginning and it’s not now. Go home and march, We’re just real sick of ya.

  10. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1keanolo
    January 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    The vast majority of American people in all other states besides Arizona support and appreciate greatly Sheriff Joe Arpaio enforcing federal and STATE laws meant to control illegal immigraion. 287(g) is working well for Arizona and is here to stay.

  11. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Bobby
    January 9, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Keanolo, yes they do. It is the insanity of the left and their utter duplicity that allows our law enforcement to be weakened and thus endanger the American citizenry. Can you imagine the chaos that is now occuring in Mexico, with many areas of the U.S. already occupied by drug dealers that are killing our youth, and yet THESE FIFTH COLUMNISTS THAT THIS STORY IS ABOUT, ARE TRYING TO TAKE AWAY PROTECTION FROM THOSE VERY YOUTHS. My God, is the American public that ignores this sick. Especially those who are raising children. That border should have been sealed tight years ago until corrput Mexico fixes itself. Oh, but no. Instead we have the leftists here in America blaming the youth for taking drugs. What!!! what!!, They wouldn’t even be able to be tricked into taking them or whatever causes them to finally try, IF THERE WERE NO DRUGS IN THE U.S. AND THE ADMINISTARTION OF “CHANGE” ACTUALLY GAVE A DAMN.

  12. +9 Vote -1 Vote +1Bobby
    January 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Ivan, your thinking is a bit inverted. It’s the drug dealers that are the monsters not a Sheriff that is trying to do his sworn duty to protect the citizenry and uphold the laws of the land. You people are sick.

  13. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Mike
    January 9, 2010 at 11:57 pm

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  14. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1June
    January 10, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I’m reminded of the movie “Air Force One,” when Harrison Ford demands if the bad guy “get off my plane!” I would like to shout to all those who’ve dishonored our immigration laws – “get out of my country!”

    I don’t even say, “come back when you can do it right.” Anyone who’s sneaked in never deserves to have a chance of coming back. I’ll go further and say, stop all immigration until those who’ve recently come in legally
    decide to assimilate. For some reason, the oath of citizenship is not taken seriously. Learn the language and stop the ridiculous hyphenated titles that keep you tied to a country that you supposedly left for “a better life.” Just say, “I’m an American,” then live up to that glorious title! Then let’s go about putting the mechanism in place that will enforce our laws and make sure illegal aliens leave and that once more, business will seek out American workers and get this country running again. It worked well for many years and can again. Be sure when you go into the voting booth, you’ll put people in office who think more of their constituents than illegal aliens, anti-American organization, foreign governments and those who’ve sold their souls for “diversity.”

  15. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Mark
    January 10, 2010 at 9:44 am

  16. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1max9010
    January 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    For those who want all immigrants to be deported and put them in prisons if they come back, you are not really helping America escape this recession. This unproductive and uneducated way of thinking only creates more problems. 12 deported immigrants will certainly return regardless of what you think and keep in mind that it is impossible to deport them. Imprisoning 12 million immigrants will cost us about 40 trillion dollars and that will only make our economy weaker and send us to become the 10th economy of the world right below Mexico. Immigrants don´t receive money back from what the government takes from them infact they are the ones paying for your children´s education and the bread that you put in your mouth when you receive free government money. Reconsider the way you think because America is a union of immgrants from all over the world who work hard to solve solutions in order to become the greatest in the world. For those who are angry and mad please be and let all your anger out now because these people will soon become the majority and they will pay your children with the same dollars that you are paying them. It seems that some of you just want immigrants to leave so your children can pick fruit and get a PHD on toilet cleaning, well gues what after you read this you will finally realize that you are not an American, that you are the problem, and real Americans or soon to become Americans will get rid of their problems for the future of their American children.

    when reading the blog of immigration reform and i read some of the comment and i know why this people are so mad with the illegal immigrant.. they seem they are selfish and narrow minded and they do not want the law to be change. and offer no solution what united states of america are facing some of them say deport all illegal immigrant in the common sense how can you deport 12million illegal alien that scatter around the country its impossible its takes all our arm forces and police law enforcer to crack them down. now what happen this american criminal will takes its situation a opportunity to them to do more crime because nobody look over this bad guys and takes all the resources of the goverment its takes billion of dollar in looses.. and while we sending more of our american troops overseas to makes america safe why we dont start here back home to pay taxes and fine and criminal back ground to those are illegal alien togo out in the shadow to register because until now there is no back ground check to those ilegal alien living in the united states so we will know who are the people living inside our country its makes america secure and its good for our economy.. to those who are anti illegal immigrant are ignorant to america future and blaming other people with there failure in life..

    The immigrant population has always made remarkable contribution in terms of economy as well as science and technology, whether it be legal or illegal. Many people who talk about immigration here have no knolwedge of what they talk about. More than 12 million undocumented immigrants current in this country are doing some kind of job. Many of them pay taxes as they earn and they are not entitled to any benefits accrued on this tax. This is an indirect contribution to the economy. The current lame-duck economy minus this indirect contribution from the undocumented immigrants means totally dead economy. Can you dispute this? Many cities and counties have stopped any kind of medical services to the undocumented immigrants. So your point of stating that public tax fund being used for THEIR medication is totally wrong. One in thousand happens to have criminal background. For this purpose, you cannot blame every immigrant is a criminal, as if there is not a single American committing any crime in this nation. Look before you leap and think before you frame your allegations against them.

    • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Fernando
      January 11, 2010 at 1:30 am

      max9010, you are just spewing stale La Raza propaganda talking points.

  17. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Bobby
    January 10, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    max9010 spoken like a true open borders lunatic. I have lived in California my whole life. I’ve seen it go from a virtual paradise, envied by the rest of the nation and every other nation in the world, TO A THIRD WORLD STYLE DUMP. Illegal aliens have usurped, LISTEN TO ME!!, BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM THIS STATE. They have bankrupted hospitals and emergency rooms by the hundreds, many of them join gangs and commit crime, their ANCHOR BABIES HAVE “SUCKED” THE STATE EDUCATIONALS ESTABLISHMENT DRY. In the meantime, Senior citiznens on small fixed incomes have had their property taxes raised to an obscene leve, businesses are leaving because they have had their taxes raised to an obscene level, AND ALL OF THIS IS IN THE SERVICE OF TRYING TO FIX MEXICO’S INCOMPENTENCE AND CRIMINALITY AS A STATE. YOU HAVEN’T THE SLIGHTEST IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS RUINOUS TO CALIFORNIA AND THE REST OF THE U.S. Finally, IT’S AGAINST THE LAWS AMERICANS HAVE ESTABLISHED , FOR –now listen carefully, “OUR BENEFIT”, FOR AMERICANS BENEFIT, NOT FOR THE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE BENEFIT, NOT FOR SOME POLITICIAN OR CHURCHES BENEFIT, BUT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN CITIZENRY!!!!!!!!!!.

    • +2 Vote -1 Vote +1SusanElizabeth1949
      January 14, 2010 at 11:11 pm

      Sorry to ruin your rant, but in California property tax rates are controlled by Prop 13 which was passed decades ago. At least be factual in your arguments.

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  19. Vote -1 Vote +1Martha
    January 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I’ll be there January 16, 2010, to march also, but I, will be there to support the Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, and Andrew Thomas, what “Hero’s”!!!!! They are the “REAL” “ARIZONA HOMELAND SECURITY”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1jarheadrob
    January 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    arpaio is an ELECTED government official., and he’s been elected more than once. perhaps if the illegal immigrants which he so strongly and ruthlessly tracks and removes from his jurisdiction sought citizenship and stopped leeching off of the system most pay nothing to support they would gain the right to vote and get a vote in the election of another sheriff. a march of illegal immigrants against a “tyrant” seems like a great oppurtunity for him to get his boys together and charter some busses back to mexico.

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