I've been curious about why Arpaio and his masked volunteer goons were arresting so many people for "Human Trafficking." After a little investigation, I found out why. HE's DISTORTING the Arrest Data!!! He is saying they are "smuggling themselves" therefore they are Human Trafficking. If this wasn't so despicable it would be funny. Additionally, he Violates ICE policy by targetting/arresting people for riding in cars.
Stretching the Law
Arpaio finds creative ways to arrest illegal immigrants — using state law intended on human smuggling to charge them with smuggling themselves — something no one else in the state has attempted. Arpaio has another unusual tactic. Though the Phoenix Police Department has a policy of not asking "citizenship" on arrest, down at Arpaio's county jail, which houses prisoners from a number of jurisdictions, it's a different matter. Every single person who is booked — regardless of the charge — is asked their citizenship and social security number. Officials then look them up in the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, database. Since last May 7,000 illegal immigrants have been detained this way according to Amy Coon, one of 160 Maricopa County sheriff's deputies trained to enforce federal immigration law. According to the agreement with ICE, prisoners are only supposed to be held on immigration charges if they were arrested for something else first. On the night of this reporter's visit, however, at least one illegal immigrant is arrested for simply being a passenger in a car that was stopped. Arpaio justifies his practices. "We put the holds on them so they won't be released back to the streets. We do that since the cops will not do it," he says, in a backhanded dig at the more immigrant-friendly Phoenix Police Department.
Additionally, Arpaio inflates his arrent numbers! All to look good on Camera!
CBS KPHO.com reports:
PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio takes credit for putting 37,000 illegal immigrants in jail but a closer look at the numbers reveals it's not his deputies who are making most of the arrests. (Arpaio) took credit for putting tens of thousands of illegal immigrants behind bars. “We've been very, very successful… approximately 37,000 illegal aliens that this office has been responsible for investigating, arresting, detaining," said Arpaio. Nevertheless, the sheriff’s own internal reports, obtained by CBS 5 News, show those numbers don’t tell the full story. The sheriff’s internal statistics show his human smuggling unit made 3,671 arrests as of early February. The first 12 crime sweeps netted nearly 700 arrests -- about half of those arrested were for immigration related violations. More than 31,000 of the 37,000 arrests were made by other police agencies. (yet Arpaio wrongly takes credit for these arrest numbers) The arrestees were brought to the jail to be processed by sheriff’s detention officers. (As noted above, he is Violating Phoenix & ICE's policy by inappropriately querying ICE's database.)