Thursday, May 04, 2006

Something happening down south

KPHO Phoenix - Sheriff to Start Posse Patrols to Curb Illegal Immigration Flow: "Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Tuesday that about 100 volunteer posse and Sheriff's deputies will soon begin randomly patrolling the desert areas and main roadways in southwest Maricopa County as apart of an operation to stem the flow of illegal aliens entering the county.

Arpaio made the announcement just as 11 more illegal aliens were being booked in jail after a Ford Windstar with California plates and 16 people packed inside was stopped by a Sheriff's deputy early Tuesday morning on a traffic violation near Gila Bend.

Despite the growing controversy about illegal aliens nationwide, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office remains the only Arizona law enforcement agency willing to enforce a new state anti-smuggling law.

'There are so many illegals trying to make it into the county that it's overwhelming my deputies, so I have called on members of my 3000 member volunteer posse to assist,' says Sheriff Arpaio. 'It's not only illegals we find and arrest out there, we've also made some recent huge drug seizures involving illegal aliens including nearly 100 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately three pounds of heroin.'"

Wow. That last paragraph is disturbing. Not only should we be concerned about a terrorists just being able to walk straight into the country, but we've got a MASSIVE Drug problem coming over the border. And this would be even more aggrivated by the following:

"a bill decriminalizing possession of small quantities of marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and even heroin for personal use, prompting U.S. criticism that the measure could harm anti-drug efforts

The only step remaining was the signature of President Vicente Fox, whose office indicated he would sign the bill, which Mexican officials hope will allow police to focus on large-scale trafficking operations rather than minor drug busts.

"This law gives police and prosecutors better legal tools to combat drug crimes that do so much damage to our youth and children," said Fox's spokesman, Ruben Aguilar."

Yeah. Legalizing drugs makes much more effective enforcement, because there is nothing to enforce!!!

But thankfully, I read this this morning:
"Mexican President Vicente Fox refused to sign a drug decriminalization bill Wednesday, hours after U.S. officials warned the plan could encourage "drug tourism."

Fox sent the measure back to Congress for changes, but his office did not mention the U.S. criticism.

Fox will ask "Congress to make the needed corrections to make it absolutely clear in our country, the possession of drugs and their consumption are, and will continue to be, a criminal offense," according to a statement from the president's office."

I don't know why this happened, but it's a good thing. Yesterday, I was conviced that the drug lords were taking over mexico, but now it appears the government still has a spine.
Although the prices may stay high with the narcotics being illegal, I can't imagine the drug lords would want to stay illegal.


Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

An interesting development.

I think Arpaio is cool.

Palm boy said...

Who/what is that?

Palm boy said...

Heh, thats the Sherrif.

I think he's the same guy that has the tent city.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...