Jim Kouri
Arizona won't back down from Obama and illegal aliens, say officials
By Jim Kouri
August 4, 2010

Republican state lawmaker Russell Pearce, who sponsored the Arizona immigration reform bill, pledged to take his battle against illegal and criminal aliens to the U.S. Supreme Court, after a Judge Susan Bolton of the U.S. Circuit Court, blocked the enforcement of that law's strictest provisions.

Pearce has gone as far as calling for children born in the U.S. — known as "anchor babies" — to be denied citizenship if their parents are here illegally. Many illegal aliens have used this ploy — having a baby while illegally in the U.S. — in order to avoid deportation.

"Americans are not coldhearted. They hate the idea of separating a child from his or her parents, who have violated U.S. law. But many are beginning to understand that Americans' generosity and compassion are being preyed upon in a large-scale immigration scam," said former NYPD detective and military intelligence officer Sid Franes.

Judge Bolton's injunction suspended a requirement on police to check individuals' immigration status during routine stops if they are suspected of being illegal aliens. Without batting an eye, Arizona's Governor Janet Brewer filed an appeal against the injunction with the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

With a reputation as a liberal-left court, many rulings by the Ninth Circuit have been overturned by the Supreme Court.

President Barack Obama administration has argued that immigration policy was a federal responsibility, and that states' enforcement of their own immigration statutes is unconstitutional.

On Friday, in Phoenix, pro-illegal immigrant protesters converged on the city and there were more than 30 arrests. Maricopa County — which includes Phoenix — Sheriff Joe Arpaio, often dubbed "America's Sheriff," deployed officers and his renowned volunteer posse members on what his department called a "crime suppression/illegal immigration" operation.

State Senator Pearce, the man behind the new immigration law, once served as one of Sheriff Arpaio's deputy and reveres actor John Wayne, who often played lawmen, as a "red, white and blue hero who always stood up for the good guy."

Visitors to his offices in the state capitol last week had to pass protesters chanting "We will not comply" — a response to another blocked provision of his bill that would require immigrants to carry paperwork proving their status.

In an interview with the Telegraph, he attributed a litany of ills on illegal foreigners and lambasted Obama for "pandering" to his party faithful on immigration and failing to secure America's borders.

"In Arizona, we see the deaths, the maimings, the kidnappings and the gang activity that is the consequence of ignoring the rule of law," he said. "Illegals are the same as any other criminals and we should arrest every one of them we can."

"I suppose the police officers killed by illegal immigrants and the rancher executed by human smugglers were just collateral damage for those who oppose implementing the law," he added

While serving as a Maricopa County deputy sheriff, Russell lost part of a finger during a gunfight with illegal immigrants. His police officer son also was shot in the stomach when serving an arrest warrant for murder on a suspect who was an illegal alien.

Pearce and his former boss Sheriff Arpaio — the son of legitimate Italian immigrants — see themselves as defending not just the rule of law but America's way of life.

While many illegal aliens are simply Mexico's poor seeking jobs in the U.S., many within their ranks are violent criminals, and the human trafficking business is controlled by the murderous drug gangs that also bring cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S.

Two weeks ago, President Obama's administration said it would deploy 500 Arizona National Guard troops to the border to help block illegal aliens. But that was put on hold when administration officials claimed there were not yet enough trained "volunteers."

During the current legal wrangling by the Obama Justice Department and others, Sheriff Arpaio continues making his preparations for implementing the law including creating more space for new inmates in his "tent city."

"I've got a message for the [illegal aliens] of Arizona," declared the sheriff. "We'll always have a bunk for you."

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