BY SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO – Did you hear that the Mexican Drug Cartel has placed a $1,000,000 bounty on my head? All because I’m enforcing our laws against illegal immigration.
You probably saw that the state of Arizona passed a very tough anti-illegal immigration law recently. This new law would have strengthened law enforcement’s ability to identify, arrest and detain those who are in this country illegally.
But, you also probably saw that a federal judge blocked the toughest parts of law before it was set to be enacted on July 29th.
I still support this law 100%. Even before this law was passed and the judge blocked parts of it, I was the only law enforcement official in this state enforcing all the laws that our federal and state legislatures put in place to combat illegal immigration and human smuggling.
Because I have taken the lead over the years by enforcing existing state and federal laws against illegal immigration, I have become the target of attack by radical, left-wing, open-borders extremists.
I’ve been sued, picketed, burned in effigy and even had the Reverend Al Sharpton come to Phoenix – TWICE! – to march on my headquarters. Some have even gone so far as to call for my assassination! Now, the Mexican Drug Cartels have issued a “hit” on me.
One of the local newspapers printed a political cartoon of me and our Governor wearing Nazi uniforms and performing the Nazi salute!
What these extremists really want is a Sheriff who will look the other way, be silent and allow the charade to continue, while ignoring the laws of our land. That, I promise, will never happen.
I won’t back down. I won’t surrender to politicians, thugs or drug dealers.
But I desperately need your help. It’s going to take a lot of resources to combat the attacks and false allegations against me and my deputies — as well as the latest talk about a recall campaign to remove me from office. We anticipate the hardest campaign in Maricopa County history to remove me due to my unyielding stance on illegal immigration enforcement.
I cannot compete with the local and national media machines that distort my record and the job I’m doing to protect this country. And, I don’t have the personal resources to defend myself from these vicious attacks.
That’s why I’m writing to you. I have to go directly to the people for their support. I need good people like you in this country to stand behind me and help me fight this fight.
Will you join me? I desperately need your help now. My election has been targeted as the frontline in the battle to end illegal immigration. We must win this battle.
Please log on to http://www.reelectjoearpaio.com The fight starts now. Please help me. I pledge to you that I will never give up or surrender. Thank you for your support.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a frequent visitor to Hawaii,
is a resident of Maricopa County.