But is Maricopa County getting the big pat on the back that they deserve? Nope. The sheriff and his deputies are being investigated by the Justice Department at the urging of liberal Democrats John Conyers, Jerrold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, and Robert Scott. ACORN is lending its support to the investigation with a petition drive and rallies. (Link to story here.)
The investigation centers on "patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures conducted by the MCSO [Maricopa County Sheriff's Office], and on the allegations of national origin discrimination."
Now, don't get me wrong. The Sheriff's Department should follow the law and the constitution. If they're failing to do so, they should be stopped.
But, this sure smells like intimidation to me. It is a signal to law enforcement officials everywhere, including those in the Missouri Highway Patrol, to turn the other way to illegal immigration or face investigation yourself.
Haven't we turned the other way for too long?