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Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio

By Gustavo Arellano
Posted // March 11,2009 -

Dear Mexican: Not sure if this has been asked before, but how do you feel about Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio? I think the guy’s a fucking racist who’s just out to get Mexicans to fulfill his racist agenda. He’s been relevant lately due to the protests in Arizona against Section 287(g) of some immigration act, which basically grants the sheriff’s department the right to check on anyone’s immigration status who’s been brought in, even for a minor offense such as a traffic violation. The most notable incident, which actually took place in Nashville, involved a pregnant woman who was brought in on a traffic violation and was forced to give birth in the sheriff’s department. Don’t you think someone ought to shut this whole thing down? Don’t you think someone should shut Joe Arpaio down? He’s a fucking racist pig who gets off on the fact that “Oooh, he makes prisoners wear pink underwear, ooohohoooohooh.” Fucking asshole. —Fuck Nickel-Bag Joe

Dear Wab: I love Sheriff Joe, head lawenforcement pendejo of Maricopa County, Ariz. (otherwise known as the Phoenix area to the rest of America)! Yeah, he might be waging a scorched-earth campaign against Mexicans of all legal statuses, an effort so brutal it recently inspired a thousands-large march against him, but the man some call Arpayaso ( payaso meaning “clown” in the tongue of Cervantes) is a wonderful tool for immigrants-rights activists because he exposes the easy hypocrisies of Know Nothings.

Arpayaso is a hero to them, earning book deals, a television show on the Fox Reality Channel and so much veneration you’d figure he was a living lard-lad Lourdes. But these self-professed law-and-order types conveniently ignore the tens of millions of dollars in police-brutality and wrongful-death settlements won against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s department under Arpayaso, dismiss criticism from immigration officials for Arpayaso’s abuse of 287(g) as Aztlanista guff, and wholeheartedly agreed with his decision to jail my mick bosses at the Phoenix New Times two years ago in a chilling effort to quash the First Amendment. Who cares? All of this is fine for the Know Nothings as long as Arpayaso persecutes Mexicans. The same thing happened in the Mexican’s home base of Orange County, Calif., where our felon of an exsheriff, Mike Carona, became a Know Nothing hero after proposing that his agency become the first in the country to receive migra training—never mind that Carona had multiple mistresses, gave badges to political donors and nicknamed his penis “The Little Sheriff.”

On that note, it’s with a heavy corazón that I now anoint wherever Arpayaso’s shadow lies as the Mexican-hating capital of America, supplanting my Orange County, which birthed the Minuteman Project, Mendez vs. Westminster, antiimmigrant propositions copied nationwide, and currently houses Taco Bell. Chinga tu madre, Arpayaso: We’ll get that title back, eventually …

Ask the Mexican at,, or write to him via snail mail at: Gustavo Arellano, P.O. Box 1433, Anaheim, CA 92815-1433!

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