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Sheriff Penzone, George Soros’ boy and clearly an open border, protector of illegal aliens and with complete disrespect for the taxpayer and the rule of law, is apparently carrying out the Democrat position on protecting illegal aliens from law enforcement and making sure inmates are tucked into bed at night and all at a huge cost to the taxpayers.

First of all he calls “illegal” aliens, guests. Then he refuses to work with ICE on holding them until ICE can pick them up, until he was told that under the law (SB1070) he must verify all inmates’ legal status and turn all of them over to ICE. He wants to hide deputies in dump trucks to catch speeders while releasing violent criminals from jail to commit more heinous crimes against American such as what happened to 22 year old Grant Ronnebeck in Mesa who was gunned down by an illegal alien gang member who was released from jail and not turned over to ICE.

Illegal is a crime, not a race and they have been decimating this nation for years now, sponging off of taxpayers and disregarding our laws and we have criminal mayors and police chiefs to harbor and protect, now joined by Sheriff Penzone, while the public overwhelmingly want our laws enforced; (take 2006 for example when 4 ballot propositions on enforcement passed by an average of 75% of voters). Time to rethink and take action against a Sheriff who is clearly on the side of law breakers and against law keepers. A Congressional Homeland security report puts the annual death toll by illegal aliens at about5 9,000 annually and another report puts the cost in Arizona at $2.6 billion dollars annually to educate, medicate and incarcerate illegal aliens.

Now he is shutting down “Tent City”. I was the one who decided to build “Tent City,” at a huge cost savings to the taxpayer. It will cost approximately $100 million to build a 1,000 bed facility to replace “Tent City.” The inmates in the “tents” are convicted, low risk inmates sentenced to county jail time. They serve an average of about 23 days. They do not need a very expensive brick and mortar jail.

Our soldiers live in tents; our Boy Scouts spend time in tents and they did nothing wrong. All inmates are volunteers and they worked hard to get incarcerated. There are lots of programs to keep them out of jail.

In 1991 a Maricopa County bond issue failed at the ballot. Part of that bond was for a new jail. This was at a time that the Maricopa County jail was over capacity and in part due to a federal judge who decided inmates needed more leg room while incarcerated. This of course was complete disrespect for our citizens and taxpayers.

I was a Captain with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in 1991 and brought forward the idea of a tent complex for low risk, sentenced inmates. The sheriff at that time was concerned about the public view and decided not to pursue it.

In 1993, a new sheriff by the name of Joe Arpaio took office. I was his Chief Deputy and brought forward the idea of a tent city. I vowed to never release sentenced inmates due to “NO VACANCY.” I would do whatever it took to meet the obligation of public safety concerns of Maricopa County even if I had to rent the ASU stadium, Sheriff Joe agreed. We were over crowded, in part due to an order again by a very liberal federal judge who decided inmates needed more jail space. Overnight it turned our eight man cells into four man cells, our four man cells into two man cells and our two man cells into one man cells. This was a huge financial hit to Maricopa County and the reason a bond to build a new jail was needed. That having failed, the need to house inmates and not be ordered to release them was needed.

It just so happened, it was at the end of Desert Storm and the military was offering military surplus to law enforcement. I sent Deputy Chief Larry Wendt and Executive Assistant Tom Buggelyn to the Pentagon to get permission to bring back tents and needed equipment to build “TENT CITY.” After meeting WITH some opposition, I made some calls and had them go higher up the chain of command where we were met with success. We brought back truckloads of tents and equipment.
I put “Tent City” together using inmate labor along with detention officers and myself, pouring cement, installing fencing and erecting the tents. It was paid for using dedicated funds from surcharges on fees and fines and with no impact to General Fund dollars.

This was recognized nationally and internationally as a huge cost savings, inmate deterrent and creative program. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was hailed as a no nonsense Sheriff who intended to make sure inmates are treated well, but not like guests at the Hotel Hilton.

If you don’t like living in tents, don’t make reservations, was my comment.

“Tent City” saved the taxpayers of Maricopa County over $100 million just in constructions costs. Maricopa County currently has sufficient brick and mortar jails to hold the pre-sentenced bad guys, but with jail population rising, it won’t be long before Penzone will need more jails at a high cost to the taxpayers.

Sheriff Penzone, put in office with George Soros’ money, is doing all he can to undo the great things Sheriff Joe did, and to thwart the efforts of ICE in taking custody of “illegal” aliens who have committed additional crimes while in the U.S. illegally.

Sheriff Penzone has boldly stated that he will not enforce the Arizona Legal Workers Act to protect American jobs as the law requires and that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Sheriff Penzone is in violation of his Oath of Office and the law. Sheriff Penzone apparently has not read SB1070 that “eliminated” catch and release policies and all sanctuary policies in Arizona. SB1070 ARS § 11-1051 Section 2A and 2B were upheld unanimously by the Supreme Court:

11-1051. Cooperation and assistance in enforcement of immigration laws; indemnification

A. No official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may limit or restrict the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.

B. For any lawful stop, detention or arrest made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of this state or a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance of a county, city or town or this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien and unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person, except if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation. Any person who is arrested shall have the person’s immigration status determined before the person is released. The person’s immigration status shall be verified with the federal government pursuant to 8 United States Code section 1373(c). A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city town or other political subdivision of this state may not consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution . . . .“