Today the Department of Justice is set to announce the results of its years long probe into the activities of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Meanwhile a GOP Hispanic group in Arizona is calling for his ouster. Finally, as border crossings continue to decline experts cite increased risks with less incentives for undocumented migrants.
Justice Department to discuss probe of AZ Sheriff Arpaio – After years of compiling data on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Justice Department is set to announce their findings today: “Officials from the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will hold a news conference later this morning to announce the results of a long-running investigation into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The division has been investigating allegations of civil rights violations and racial profiling involving Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s agency for more than three years. The announcement could mark the end to a long running investigation that has lingered in the background as Arpaio pursued his controversial attempts at immigration enforcement through crime sweeps and worksite raids.
GOP Group Demands Arpaio Ouster – The Hispanic Republican group known as Cafe Con Leche Republican’s is calling for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to step down: “Sheriff Joe Arpaio is actively campaigning for presidential candidate Rick Perry and his own reelection, and other activities not related to fighting crime in Maricopa County, such as investigating President Obama’s birth certificate. Meanwhile the wheels are falling off the wagon at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), as shown by the lack of investigation of at least 400 serious sex crime cases, many involving child rape.”
High Risk Low Reward for those attempting to cross the border – More data shows that not only are undocumented crossings along the U.S. Mexico border down, but overall migrants have less reason to cross: “The 327,577 people arrested along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico in fiscal 2011, which ended Sept. 30, is the lowest number recorded since 1972. By comparison, more than 1.6 million people were caught trying to sneak into the US in 2000. In Arizona, which is the busiest corridor for illegal crossings, arrests totaled 129,118 – a 41 percent drop from the previous year and the lowest since 1994, when the border patrol detained 160,680 people. Texas followed with 118,911, California with 72,638, and New Mexico with 6,910. Arizona authorities also recovered the bodies of 192 people who died trying to cross the border, down from 250 in fiscal 2010. Most border crossers die from exposure to Arizona’s scorching summer heat in remote desert areas, where they go to escape stepped-up border enforcement. In addition to a fortified border, US economic conditions and other factors are shown to have contributed to the steady decline, says Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research organization that studies the US Hispanic population.”