Two Days Before His Racial Profiling Case, Arpaio’s Birther Madness Craps on Hawaii

Hawaii? Now Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is crapping on Hawaii? Apparently so, since in a press conference where his "Cold Case Posse" revealed new allegations that the President of the United States is not an American citizen ;because the CCP interviewed a 95-year-old woman who has a memory that is stronger than the any elephant in this planet, Arpaio has now turned his much-criticized birther investigation into his own version of Nero's Rome. Here are just some of the many things today's conference achieved:

  • Arpaio suggests that Hawaii has always been the new border menace for decades since it had violated immigration laws by allowing for a lax interpretation of how it issues birth certificates.
  • Arpaio declares that immigration is this country's biggest national security threat and that an issue over a President's birth certificate now calls for Congressional hearings.
  • Arpaio's misuse and abuse the power of his arrogance, ego, and public office continues to make a mockery of Arizona. No wonder groups like Citizens for a Better Arizona have had enough.

Here is what Arpaio said in a release that claims that President Obama is not an American citizen:

“If a nation’s security is only as strong as its weakest link, then America may be in serious trouble. Hawaii may be our weakest link and could have a serious impact on our nation’s immigration policy."

“My hope is that the U.S. Congress will take over from here if not to further the birth certificate forgery possibility, then at least to examine the state of Hawaii’s laws in regards to the issuance of birth certificates which may be permitting untold numbers of foreign born people to wrongly gain U.S. citizenship.”

In addition, during the live streaming of press conference, lead Cold Case Posse investigator Mike Zullo called Hawaii a "border state," suggesting that the Aloha State has been the culprit for years. Of course, Zullo didn't use any any actual facts, just details culled from an interview with the 95-year-old woman who worked in the place where birth certificates were housed and organized in Hawaii during the 1960s. Granted, Zullo also claimed that Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who went through some similar problems before he finally admitted that Obama is an American citizen, was deceiving Arizona voters by approving the President for the ballot.

This is a conspiracy theorists' wet dream as well as for anyone who believes that hell yeah, these "damn illegals" are killing this country.

Here is is one clip from today's circus:

And now for the reality check.

On Thursday, Arpaio's racial profiling trial begins. Here is all that you need to know, as reported by AZCentral:

The case alleges that the Sheriff's Office engaged in institutional discrimination against Latinos when it embarked on what has become the defining mission of Arpaio's 19-year tenure: immigration enforcement.

Over the past six years, Arpaio has made it his hallmark, but his efforts have been met by accusations — by citizens, activists and the U.S. Justice Department — that his agency has engaged in racial profiling and discrimination. The class-action suit marks the first opportunity for those claims to be put to a legal test. A U.S. district judge's ruling in the matter will determine for the record whether it is possible for a local law-enforcement agency to serve as immigration cop without racially profiling.

"In many ways, this is a landmark case. … We need to have it resolved," Arpaio attorney Tim Casey recently told the court.

The case began when Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, a Mexican tourist who was in the United States legally, was stopped outside a church in Cave Creek where day laborers were known to gather. Melendres, the passenger in a car driven by a White driver, claims that deputies detained him for nine hours and that the detention was unlawful.

Eventually, the case grew to include complaints from two Hispanic siblings from Chicago who felt they were profiled by sheriff's deputies, and from an assistant to former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon whose Hispanic husband claims he was detained and cited while nearby White motorists were treated differently. ;U.S. District Judge Murray Snow expanded the complaint last December into a class-action lawsuit that includes all Latino drivers the Sheriff's Office has stopped since 2007.

The lawsuit does not seek monetary damages. Instead, the plaintiffs want the kind of injunctive relief that the Sheriff's Office has resisted in the past — a declaration that spells out what deputies may or may not do when stopping potential suspects, and a court-appointed monitor to make sure the agency lives by those rules.

Lawyers for Arpaio, who is seeking re-election to a sixth term in November, will argue that the agency does not need a monitor because there is no systemic discrimination, only a few deputies who might have violated office policy and who were punished for their transgressions. But the plaintiffs' attorneys are armed with anecdotal evidence, their own statistical analysis of the sheriff's operations, some of the sheriff's own internal communications and constituent notes that disparage Latinos.

They will claim that such information, taken as a whole, would force any reasonable person to conclude that Arpaio's immigration-enforcement policies opened a door to racial profiling through which sheriff's deputies followed their leaders.

How many times can we say #NoMames to Arpaio for his arrogance and lack of dignity? Let's try and see:

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That felt good.

To all our friends in Arizona who are doing all they can to show the world that Arpaio represents all that is bad about this country, hang in there. Rational thought will eventually win out, even though it might not feel that way right now. Although after today's press conference, maybe we can start cueing up The Doors for Sheriff Joe:

And for all our friends in Hawaii, how do you say #NoMames in Hawaiian?

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