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JD Hayworth defends Maricopa County anti-immigration tactics

Reported by Chrish - April 9, 2008 -

To reinforce his Talking Point that Maricopa County (AZ) sherriff Joe Arapaio was doing the right thing and the New York Times is full of it, fair and balanced Bill O'Reilly brought on former Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) to concur, without an opposing voice. Hayworth is back on hate talk radio, KFYI in Phoenix, where he follows Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
With video.

Hayworth essentially agreed that the program in Phoenix is lenforcing the law (287g). It's the "broken window theory of policing," where law enforcement stop and question people for minor infractions (a broken tail-light, for example) and often that leads to finding other crimes. Hayworth defended the program as effective to the point that Mexican authorities are overwhelmed with deportees.

O'Reilly again completely overlooked the New York Times reporting that

"Mayor Phil Gordon of Phoenix has denounced him (Sherriff Arapaio), saying the raids are interfering with undercover city police officers and federal agents. The mayor of Guadalupe implored him to leave her community alone. State and county officials have pointed out that Sheriff Joe has ignored tens of thousands of outstanding criminal warrants while chasing day laborers and headlines. They say he has grossly violated the terms of his 287(g) agreement — which calls for federal oversight of local police — and have called on Washington to rein him in."

and Arapaio's own statement

“Do you think I’m going to report to the federal government?” he said. “I don’t report to them. If they don’t like the contract, they can close it up. That’s all.”

Because they don't suit the agenda.