Saturday, September 4, 2010
(CNSNews.com) – Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said the Obama administration’s decision to file a lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not surprising, but that men and women in law enforcement will stand by the man they believe is enforcing the law and protecting the citizens of Arizona.
“Hooray for Sheriff Joe,” Babeu told CNSNews.com. “He’s standing up for Arizona and is actually enforcing the law.”
Babeu said the lawsuit against Arpaio is the latest in a series of attacks by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which has already filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona, challenging legislation passed earlier this year to crack down on illegal immigration in the state.
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In a statement, Sheriff Arpaio said, “These actions make it abundantly clear that Arizona, including the sheriff, is Washington’s new whipping boy. It’s time to take the gloves off.”
Sheriff Babeu told CNSNews.com: “Anybody who is out here in Arizona, we have a target on our back. … Instead of helping us, they [the federal government] literally fight us at every turn.”
“And this is yet another example of their assault against Arizona and undermining the rule of law and undermining the great honor of our badge,” Babeu said of the latest lawsuit.
This article was posted: Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 4:48 am