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Joe Arpaio of Phoenix, Arizona, who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, is looking to create an “Immigration Posse” to counter the undocumented immigration population, and he looks to be getting celebrities, however irrelevant they are today, to join him.
Aging action star Steven Seagal, who is a sworn deputy in New Orleans, Lou Ferrigno, of the 1970’s “Incredible Hulk”, a reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, and Mission:Impossible’s Peter Lupus, are among Arpaio’s 56 new Immigration Posse members sworn in this week.
Arpaio will work alongside the “stars” and other questionable notables like retired Chicago police officer Dick Tracy, and Wyatt Earp. (Yes, Earp is the nephew of the famous Old West lawman.)
The Arizona sheriff said, “These guys are busy with their acting careers, so I don’t expect them to be here on duty very often, but they can be instrumental in heightening public awareness of the immigration issue…”
In September, the Department of Justice-filed lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Phoenix, was just the most recent in a long-standing battle between the DOJ and Sheriff Arpaio. “America’s Toughest Sheriff” is accused of failing to hand over documents sought since March of 2009 as part of a federal probe of accused discrimination and unconstitutional searches and seizures, as well as forcing bilingual guards to only speak English when addressing Spanish-speaking inmates.
Last year, the federal government took away the sheriff’s special power allowing him to enforce federal immigration law, but he continued his law enforcement sweeps under the protection of state immigration laws. His volunteer “Posse” began in 1993, and now has almost 3,000 members, with 59 posses operating throughout Maricopa County.
Of the 56 new members sworn in this week, 33 of them are already qualified to carry weapons. FRIGHTENING.
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