Sheriff Arpaio Arrests 6-Year-Old, Wants Child Deported

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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Von C.
Von D5 years ago

I really can't believe that people think that a un-escourted 6 year old child traveling into another country, sent by god knows who to god knows where for we have no idea what purposes, should have been allowed to continue on her way no questions asked. You are aware that the people of South America and Mexico have no qualms what-so-ever about selling their female offspring into prostitution at any age, right? But we are supposed to endulge them in whatever they choose to do? You can't send a 6 year old un-escourted on a plane even if one the parents drop them off and pick them up at each end.

Sheri D.
Sheri D5 years ago

That poor little girl must have been traumatized.

Sheri D.
Sheri D5 years ago

That poor girl must be traumatized.

Barbara Mathes
Barbara Mathes5 years ago

You go Joe, arrest all those illegals!

Darryll Green
Darryll Green5 years ago

Jessica, print the truth for a change A 6-year-old child taken into custody by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office as part of a human-smuggling investigation is under the care of a faith-based social-services organization, the El Salvador Consulate said.

The child, whose name has not been released, was picked up on Friday by deputies along with 16 others suspected of being in the country illegally. The child was unaccompanied and others in the group claimed to know nothing about her, sheriff’s officials said.

Officials initially believed the girl was from El Salvador, based on her statements to deputies. Sheriff’s officials transferred custody of the girl to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

José Joaquin Chacon,El Salvador’s consulate general in Phoenix, said an investigation found the child was not from El Salvador, but Mexico.

Chacon said consulate officials inquiring into the child’s origin found she was in the care of a faith-based social-services group. Officials from the organization said that without a name, she was not able to confirm the girl was in her group’s care.

Socorro Cordova, a spokeswoman for the co

Juliet Defarge
judith sanders5 years ago

Arpaio and Gov. Brewer are in league with the private prison industry. They need to fill up those facilities for their cronies.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam5 years ago

cruel !!!

Michael C.
Michael C5 years ago

I say, send her to Guantanamo, she could be a terrorist, water-board her, save the republic.

Then strap her to one of our Killer Drones, send her back as a message to all those filthy, brown skin animals.

God, I have to stop watching Fox Fascist News.

Lee W. Remember, the sheeple elected this bozo, goes to show the lack of education of the average voter in Maricopa County.
They would elect Mickey Mouse if he could aim straight.

seth c.
seth c.5 years ago

This is to all of the pro-deport every illegal immigrant. Do any of you know what the murder rate in Mexico is, especially in towns and cities along the border ? In Cuidad Juarez alone, there were 3,103 murders in 2010 - 313 in the MONTH of June alone. That is almost 4 murders per day in a city of around a million people. What fuels this ? The Mexican cartels, who's largest source of income, by far, is the exportation of drugs. Who buys the vast majority of those drugs (well over 90%) ? American citizens buy and use those drugs. Basically, American citizens are sending their money to violent cartels who, in turn, kill anyone they want to kill. On top of this, that money also goes to buy local and regional police departments and politicians, so the average citizen has nowhere and no one to turn to for help. Believe it or not, overall (national) murder rates are even higher in countries like Brazil and Columbia (another country we send billions of dollars to each year for our drug habit).

Obviously this is just one factor among many in a person choosing to flee their country for the U.S. But, how many of you would keep your child exposed to that kind of violence and risk their lives, literally, when you could take a chance to flee to a country you could raise them in that is much safer and give them a chance in life ?

I'm not saying that this is the sole reason for illegal immigration to the U.S., but it is a significant factor. The fact that the U.S. sends

Miriam W.
miriam w5 years ago

number 1: her age has to be a factor. she's 6 years old. Her welfare must be considered. It's not like deporting an adult. Have arrangements with family been made for her?

number 2: everyone except "native" ARE immigrants whether a law existed at the time or not. and may I remind all of you that the only reason any of the earlier settlers survived is because the "natives" took a humane path with us. The pilgrims would have starved without them. your all just a bunch of closet bigots as usual trying to use the word "law" to rationalize an act of blatant stupidity and insensitivity. I think your just a bunch of trolls who are only on this sight to antagonize members who actually take these issues seriously.