The hard-right of the Republican party will not be swayed on the issue of what to do with immigrant children who were brought to this country by their parents. For them there’s only one answer: deport them.
The latest egregious example of this comes from Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (who else, really) who on Friday arrested a 6-year-old undocumented immigrant, the same day President Obama announced a shift in policy away from deporting young undocumented immigrants.
According to reports, the girl was with 15 other people believed to be in the country illegally. The arrest took place at night at an undisclosed location in Maricopa County.
Arpaio insists the timing of the arrest was coincidental but took advantage of that coincidence to tell a local ABC affiliate that the administration’s shift in priorities would not be mirrored in Arizona. Since Arpaio currently faces civil rights charges from the Department of Justice related to unlawful immigration sweeps and a failure to enforce the laws equally regardless of race or citizenship status, this line in the sand is no surprise.
It is also a good time to remember that Mitt Romney sought out Arpaio’s backing and has as an adviser one of the main architects of these anti-immigration laws. This is the kind of vision of democracy embraced by the hard right, and it’s one we need to keep in the forefront of the political debate because it’s clear as the general election draws closer they will slink further and further away from it.
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