Trump right to par­don Ar­paio

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - GRE­GORY J. TOPLIFF War­renville, South Carolina

Af­ter watch­ing the news me­dia ac­cuse Pres­i­dent Trump of wrong­do­ing for par­don­ing for­mer Sher­iff Joe Ar­paio of Ari­zona, I can’t stand by with­out bring­ing up what Pres­i­dent Obama did. He granted clemency to 1,927 in­di­vid­u­als, com­muted sen­tences of 1,715 oth­ers and par­doned 212. He used ex­ec­u­tive priv­i­lege to ex­cuse for­mer At­tor­ney Gen. Eric Holder of wrong­do­ing dur­ing the Fast and Fu­ri­ous gun-run­ning scan­dal. It didn’t mat­ter that the de­ba­cle in­volved the death of a bor­der agent. With the stroke of a pen Mr. Holder was no longer ac­count­able. In con­trast, whose death was the di­rect re­sult of Mr. Ar­paio’s in­com­pe­tence? No one’s.

Repub­li­cans such as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have gone public say­ing Mr. Trump shouldn’t have granted the par­don. Well, Mr. Ar­paio was caught between a rock and a hard place. He was elected to up­hold the law and pro­tect the cit­i­zens of the United States. His man­date un­der a lawless Mr. Obama, who al­lowed thou­sands of il­le­gals to en­ter our coun­try, was to stop en­forc­ing im­mi­gra­tion laws and stop pro­fil­ing peo­ple with­out prob­a­ble cause, ergo the judge’s con­tempt charge. But how would he have known who was le­gal and who was illegal in a bor­der state known to be loaded with il­le­gals if he didn’t stop them and ask? It’s like say­ing pro­fil­ing is un­con­sti­tu­tional and de­nies peo­ple their rights. If you are search­ing for a white crim­i­nal in a pre­dom­i­nantly black neigh­bor­hood, you look out for white guys. That’s pro­fil­ing.

As a for­mer law-en­force­ment of­fi­cer, I’m glad the sher­iff was par­doned. Mr. Trump did a ser­vice to his coun­try by par­don­ing an hon­or­able man and he should be com­mended, not scorned.

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