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Arpaio v Obama: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's
Supplemental Declaration With Exhibits
Below is Sheriff Joe Arpaio's latest filing submitted by attorney Larry Klayman for the legal action seeking to halt Obama's unconstitutional executive immigration action. There will be a hearing Monday, December 22, 2014.
SUPPLEMENTAL DECLARATION OF SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO,
IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR INJUNCTION
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1746, I, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the following is true and correct:
1) I am over the age of 18 years old and mentally and legally competent to make this affidavit sworn under oath.
2) I am the elected Sheriff of Maricopa County, State of Arizona. I have held the Office of Sheriff since 1993. Previously, I served as a Regional Director for the Department of Justice in the Drug Enforcement Agency fighting crime and drug trafficking around the world, after serving as a police officer for five years in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, Nevada. I infiltrated drug organizations from Turkey to the Middle East to Mexico, Central, and South America to cities around the United States. I also served as head of the Drug Enforcement Agency for Arizona.
3) By this lawsuit, I am seeking to have the President and the other Defendants obey the U.S. Constitution and the immigration laws, which prevents the Obama Administration’s Executive Order (hereinafter “Executive Actions”) from having been issued in the first place.
4) I am aware that President Obama has acknowledged repeatedly prior to November 20, 2014 that his actions of granting Executive Actions are unconstitutional.
5) Specifically, I am aware that on March 28, 2011, President Obama stated: “America is a nation of laws, which means I, as the President, am obligated to enforce the law. I don’t have a choice about that . . . Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”
6) I am also aware that on May 10, 2011, President Obama stated: “ . . . sometimes when I talk to immigration advocates, they wish I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But that’s not how a democracy works.”
7) I am aware that on July 25, 2014, President Obama stated: “[n]ow, I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books . . . . Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own . . . . Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you. Not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how – that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”
8) I am aware that on July 1, 2014, the President stated: “[t]here are those in the immigrants’ rights community who have argued passionately that we should simply provide those who are [here] legally with legal status, or at least ignore the laws on the books and put an end to deportation until we have better laws . . . . I believe such an indiscriminate approach would be both unwise and unfair.”
9) The unconstitutional act of the President’s Executive Actions must be enjoined by a court of law on behalf of not just myself and my Office which represents the people of Maricopa County, Arizona, but all of the American people.
10) As a result of President Obama’s Executive Order, which was announced on November 20, 2014, my Sheriff’s Office responsible for Maricopa County, Arizona, and the people of Maricopa County has already suffered and will suffer significant harm.
11) This unconstitutional act by the President has had and will continue to have a serious detrimental impact on my carrying out the duties and responsibilities for which I am charged as elected Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
12) Specifically, President Obama’s Executive Actions have and will continue to severely strain our resources, both in manpower and financially, necessary to protect the citizens I was elected to serve.
13) For instance, among the many negative effects of Defendants’ Executive Actions is the increased release of criminal aliens back onto the streets of Maricopa County, Arizona, and the rest of the nation.
14) In addition, the flood of illegal aliens into Arizona has cost and will cost my Sheriff’s Office money and resources.
15) Based on my personal and professional experience, President Obama’s June 15, 2012 Executive Order concerning adults who arrived illegally as children, which Obama has called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), is likely to cause an increased flood of illegal aliens into Arizona.
16) The increased flow of illegal aliens into U.S. border states has been stimulated by the hope of obtaining U.S. citizenship because of President Obama’s six (6) years of promising what is in effect amnesty to those who make it to the United States.
17) Based on my experience, with President Obama’s Executive Actions, even if new illegal aliens coming into Maricopa County, Arizona may not qualify under the Executive Actions, floods of new illegal aliens have and will swarm across the border because they are attracted to the idea of what is, in effect, amnesty.
18) The increased flow of illegal aliens has caused and will cause in the future an increase in property damage, crime, and burdened resources in Maricopa County, throughout Arizona, and across the border region.
19) Landowners report large-scale trespassing on their land by illegal aliens transiting from the border into the interior of the country, associated with destruction of property, theft, crimes of intimidation, trespassing, and disruption of their use of their own land.
20) Within my jurisdiction, my Office must respond to all such reports and investigate such criminal activity.
21) My deputies must be out on the streets, risking their lives, to police Maricopa County, Arizona.
22) In October 2014, 307 illegal immigrants were arrested by my deputies and officers in Maricopa County and given detainers by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). Of that number, 96 are repeat offenders (31.2%), having had prior bookings with detainers placed on them. Among those include two illegal aliens who have been booked into my jail 19 times each, one of which had 11 prior detainers, and extraordinarily, within the last year. These statistics mirror what has happened in every month of 2014.
23) Because of serious harm to my Office and the duties I was elected to fulfill as a law enforcement officer, on November 3, 2014, I met with Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) to discuss the possibility of launching a congressional hearing into why ICE keeps releasing illegal aliens charged of crimes back onto the streets of our communities. (Exhibit 1).
24) I also wrote the Honorable Jeh Johnson in June of 2014 – after he had visited Arizona just a week before I mailed the letter and failed to meet with me – extending the invitation to meet with him again, hoping to improve local/federal cooperation. (Exhibit 2 and Exhibit 3).
25) My duty is to investigate fraud and where appropriate, refer for prosecution. This will necessarily increase expenditures by my Office in policing employment related fraud in Maricopa County, since some of the illegals being hired are likely to be convicted criminals under the President’s Executive Actions.
26) I performed a survey for the last 3 months.
27) I found out that over 1,200 illegal aliens were booked in our jails over the last three (3) months, arrested for committing crimes in Maricopa County under Arizona law, such as child molestation, burglary, shoplifting, theft, etc. These statistics do not include illegal aliens charged for violating immigration laws. Legal recourse with regard to immigration law violators rests with the federal government. Our jurisdiction relates to state crimes.
28) I found that over one-third (over 400) of these 1,200 illegal aliens arrested recently in Maricopa County had already arrested by law enforcement in the past for committing different crimes earlier within Maricopa County under Arizona law.
29) These are criminals whom I turned over to ICE for possible deportation. However, based on my experience, many of these illegals are not deported and are still committing criminal acts in Maricopa County.
30) Over one-third of the criminals law enforcement had arrested who were illegal aliens had been released in the past. Some of them had incurred criminal records within Maricopa County at least 6, 7, or 8 times. However, they keep coming back. I want to know why they are not being deported.
31) I am aware that an Immigration Enforcement Report for the fiscal year of 2013, by ICE, indicates that ICE reported 722,000 encounters with illegal aliens, most of whom came to their attention after incarceration for a local arrest. http://cis.org/catchand-release.
32) I am also aware that the ICE officials followed through with immigration charges for only 195,000 of these individuals. Among those released by ICE, 68,000 had criminal convictions. http://cis.org/catch-and-release.
33) The total number of inmates booked into Maricopa Sheriff’s Office custody with INS “detainers”, some of whom are illegal aliens, since February 1, 2014 until December 17, 2014 is 3,816. (Exhibit 4).
34) The booking and first day cost to book an inmate into jail is $266.41. The total cost of booking, including the first day in jail is $1,016,620.56 (3,816 x $266.41). (Exhibit 4).
35) For all bookings, the average stay in jail is 27.5 days and the daily housing cost is $81.85. The first day in jail has already been accounted for. (Exhibit 4).
36) For 3,816 total inmates to stay in jail for 26.5 days, it costs $8,276,999.40. (Exhibit 4).
37) The total cost for 3,816 inmates to be booked into jail and stay for 27.5 days is $9,293,619.96. (Exhibit 4).
38) Based on the average length of stay, I estimate that Maricopa County incurred an additional expense of $9,293,619.96 from February 1, 2014 through December 17, 2014 for inmates flagged with INS detainers. (Exhibit 4).
39) Under current law, I turn over those committing crimes in Maricopa County who turn out to be citizens of foreign countries to DHS to be deported. But by contrast, under President Obama’s new Executive Action, those illegal aliens will not be subject to deportation once the inmates complete their sentences. At that time, they are turned over to ICE for possible deportation. This costs an enormous amount of time and money.
40) As demonstrated by Exhibit 5, I have personally been threatened several times by persons with bodily injury and death because of my stance on illegal immigration. It therefore stands to reason that illegal aliens are inclined to target me. This directly impacts my constitutional rights and causes me and my Sheriff’s Office harm. (Exhibit 5).
41) I am aware that the President claims that he must enforce these Executive Actions for illegal aliens because of a lack of resources for enforcing the immigration laws.
42) However, from my perspective and experience, the federal government is simply shifting the burden and the expense to the states, the counties, and the county offices such as mine.
43) I am also aware that the President claims he must enforce these Executive Actions to some illegal aliens in order to focus deportation efforts on those illegal aliens who have criminal records or are dangerous.
44) However, I know from my experience in law enforcement in Maricopa County, Arizona that this argument is false.
45) The Obama Administration is frequently not deporting dangerous criminals, even when I hand them over to ICE.
46) Even when my Sheriff’s Office arrests illegal aliens for committing crimes in Maricopa County under Arizona State law, and hands those criminals over to ICE to be deported, the Obama Administration still does not deport those criminals.
47) In these cases, my Sheriff’s Office has undertaken the work and expended the considerable resources to apprehend these persons for violating Arizona law.
48) Therefore, the problem is not a lack of resources by the Department of Homeland Security, but a lack of desire by the Obama Administration to enforce the law.
49) When you look at the interior of the United States, where ICE is responsible for enforcement, and take the 11 million illegal aliens estimated to be in the country, ICE has locked up only about 1% of that total.
I hereby swear under oath and penalty of perjury that the foregoing facts are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief:
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