Obama Forces Sheriff Joe to Speak Spanish in His Prisons

As part of the deal to end the witchhunt against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County, President Obama’s Justice Department has forced Sheriff Joe to provide Spanish-language services in Maricopa County jails.

In addition, Maricopa County will be forced to provide Spanish-language classes in its jails.

Comically, the Justice Department under Obama, which has acted wildly unconstitutionally when it comes to illegal aliens now says they will monitor Sheriff Joe’s operations.

Federal authorities will also become permanent overseers for all worksite raids, with the power to demand information about any raids that deputies perform. The Justice Department says it will scrutinize them to make sure they’re following the Constitution.

Obama’s enforcers are now free to micromanage Sheriff Joe’s operations to make sure he doesn’t enforce immigration law.


The case is the culmination of the Obama administration’s effort to push Sheriff Arpaio out of the business of enforcing laws against illegal immigrants, and federal authorities have been mostly successful.

Sheriff Arpaio had already agreed to stop enforcing a controversial state identity theft law, and disbanded its Criminal Employment Unit that had been the spearhead for those efforts.

If he wants to restart those operations, he’ll have to write up new procedures, get Justice Department approval of them, and turn over information about any raids, including video, to federal authorities for review to make sure the actions were legal.