Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sheriff Larry Dever, Cochise Country Sheriff, explains the Illegal Immigration problem in very stark and convincing terms from his own experience!

I thought the following article so illuminating on the illegal immigration problem, everyone should read it!

Meet Sheriff Larry Dever, illegal immigration warrior
By Caroline May - The Daily Caller | Published: 12:12 AM 08/02/2010 | Updated: 5:43 PM 08/02/2010

FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2009 file photo, Cochise (Ariz.) County Sheriff Larry Dever testifies during a U.S. Senate's homeland security and governmental affairs committee meeting to get local and state perspectives on how they are dealing with violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Phoenix. Dever made a statement today regarding the impact on his law enforcement agency after the passage of a new immigration bill SB1070 signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday, April 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

Cochise County, Arizona Sheriff Larry Dever is not taking the federal government and ACLU’s legal assault on border enforcement in his state sitting down. Dever is one of the sheriffs named in lawsuits seeking to block enforcement of Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070.

On July 28, he and another named sheriff, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, publicly denounced U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton’s decision to prevent sections of SB 1070 from becoming law and announced their intent to appeal.

Dever has been outspoken about the need for Arizona to secure its border and enforce the law. Having grown up and lived in Cochise County – a county that borders Mexico — his entire life, Dever has seen the adverse consequences of decades of unchecked illegal immigration
first hand.

Dever told The Daily Caller that immigration at the border was an entirely different beast fifty years ago. “When I was a young boy growing up, there were a couple of guys who’d come up from Mexico each year and they’d work odd jobs as long as anyone had work for them,” he said. “They’d stay with us, they’d eat with us, and then when the season was over they’d go home and you’d see them again the next spring. That was very common, particularly in the more rural areas of Cochise Country, nobody really thought anything about it.”

During his early years as a young law enforcement official, police deputies were actually rewarded for apprehending illegal immigrants. “I became a deputy in 1976 and occasionally we’d run into illegals in the area and we’d pick them up and bring them to border patrol,” Dever said. “In fact, every time we’d bring in illegals they’d give us a box of practice ammunition.”

Dever said that practice stopped in the late 1980s, as the influx of illegals became more concentrated — though by comparison with today’s preponderance of human traffickers and drug smuggling rings, the phenomena was still rather tame.

Dever points to 1994’s dual border enforcement campaigns in San Diego (known as Operation Gatekeeper) and in El Paso (known as Operation Hold-the-Line) as the main reasons Arizona has become the destination of choice for illegal immigrants. “Those places were significant because back then they were the major illegal entry points into the country. There you’d have hundreds line up on the border, storm the Border Patrol and overwhelm them,” he said. “Those two initiatives [Operation Gatekeeper and Operation Hold-the-Line] had the effect of funneling the illegal immigration activity into Arizona and somewhat into New Mexico and parts of Texas, but primarily Arizona…We started getting over run down here, literally thousands and thousands.”

Dever said that the government initially claimed that the influx of illegal immigrants into Arizona was just the unintended consequence of San Diego and El Paso’s border enforcement projects. “I bought that for a time, but any derelict on the street could have told you that when you draw a line in the sand in one place, it will just funnel them into another,” Dever said.

After several days of contemplation, Dever has decided that the lawsuits could actually be a positive for Arizona, if the cases result in victories for the state. And he is certain that the cases will ultimately end up in the Supreme Court.

“What greater chance will we ever have to deliver our message than at this level, in this venue. And God bless the president, he gave us this opportunity to showcase and highlight the deficiencies in the immigration strategy and what is going on at the border,” Dever said.

The Legacy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Des Moines, Iowa, is financing Sheriff Dever and Sheriff Babeu’s legal defense. They are in the process of raising more money to pay for the defense team at

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Have Myelin? said...

Very interesting, Gerry. Thanks for posting this. said...

It is powerful to actually hear those directly involved and what they think. Excellent information from Sheriff Deavers. said...

Opp, I meant Dever.

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