Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio says that if the Department of Justice carries out its threat to sue him then "We'll go to court. And then we'll find out the real story" regarding what transpired between him and Washington regarding illegal immigration traffic stops made in the state.
Both Arpaio and the DOJ have made claims about the other in regards to Arizona's high illegal immigration problem and the sheriff's efforts to apprehend Hispanics in the country illegally.
The DOJ contends that Arpaio needs a monitor to supervise his officers and his office in order to not apprehend Hispanics who are not illegal; Arpaio counters with the response that he only arrests illegal immigrants and that he isn't "going to give up his authority to the federal government."
No elected law enforcement officer in any state likely would willingly agree to supervision either, without a legal fight.
Voters in Arizona have continued to side with the sheriff, keeping him in office. The DOJ seeks to remove him from that post through a legal maneuver, since the voters won't do it.
Illegal immigration is such a problem for the state of Arizona that AZ Central reported on Monday that within the last six months alone more than 1,200 illegal immigrants have been arrested by the Bureau of Land Management for trying to illegally enter the state.
That's a federal agency acknowledging the scope of the problem for just the Sonoran Desert National Monument area--not to mention the rest of the state.
In addition to apprehension of the illegal immigrants, AZ Central reported that the BLM seized as much as 27,000 pounds of marijuana, removed 24 tons of trash left by illegals entering the state, and the federal agency repaired 15 miles of land, where illegal roads had been created to enable the illegal entry into the state from Mexico.
That's what makes the DOJ actions so perplexing. They are attempting to sue a sheriff who is willing to enforce the same laws prohibiting illegal entry into the country as the BLM is actively doing? What's the difference? Why isn't the Arizona sheriff allowed to do his job in illegal immigration matters but the BLM is able to do theirs without DOJ supervision?
That's what Arpaio says will come out when the public gets to hear his side of the story, as "There's lots of miscommunication emanating from Washington," the sheriff says.