Boehner: “Efforts to Enact a Full-Year Extension of Payroll Tax Relief Continue…” (Video)

House Republicans fought a good fight, but are now waving the white flag in the face of the White House’s full court dem-agoguery:

In a major reversal that appeared to end a standoff with Democrats, Boehner told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid he would set a vote in the House on a Senate-passed two-month extension of the payroll tax cut.

The Republicans’ about-face contrasts with a year of dominance in Congress, in which their staunch opposition to higher taxes and spending has yielded a string of political successes. Their backpedalling this time handed a rare victory to President Barack Obama and Democrats.

“We have fought the good fight. Why not do the right thing for the American people even though it’s not exactly what we want,” Boehner told a news conference.

The House could hold a simple “voice vote” on Friday that requires only a few members to be present and frees Republicans from having to cast politically difficult recorded votes. The Senate would also vote on Friday.

That procedure allows Boehner to push through the bill despite opposition from his often fractious caucus.

So now we have another year of short tax extensions and playing chicken with a lying, demagoguing White House during an election year. That should be a barrel of laughs.

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“Obama and His Band Of Merry Men” Continue To Shred Immigration Law In AZ

Last week, Sheriff Joe Arpaio held a press conference to blast “Obama and His Band of Merry Men” for “shredding immigration law“. He was reacting to a scathing U.S. Justice Department report about his office’s law enforcement tactics which found that his office had  carried out a blatant pattern of discrimination against Latinos.

The DOJ canceled the 287G agreement with Arpaio’s office which means law enforcement in Maricopa County will no longer able to check the immigration status of  criminal offenders  brought to their jails.

Now, via Gateway Pundit, KPHO reports that ICE is refusing to take illegal immigrant human traffickers from Sheriff Joe’s jail:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio had his first run-in with a group of suspected illegal immigrants since things heated up with the Department of Justice.

The Department of Justice recently revoked his deputies’ ability to check immigration status inside Maricopa County jails.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Justin Griffin says they pulled over a vehicle and have eight people in their custody for human smuggling at 35th Avenue and Durango.

Griffin says they attempted to give four of the detainees to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but MCSO says ICE is refusing to take them.

Griffin says, “We asked ICE, ‘If we were DPS, would you take them from us?’ And we were told specifically, ‘Yes.’”

Robert Blain of The Dayton Tribune sees this as just one of many multi-front attacks Holder and the  Obama administration have setup to make sure states are stripped of their ability to enforce U.S. immigration laws.

 Now the DOJ is suing the most active and largest sheriff’s office in Arizona (Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office has 189 officers) by extending an investigation into alleged civil rights violations.

Back in March of 2009 the DOJ informed sheriff Arpaio that a probe was underway to investigate what the DOJ claimed were “alleged patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures.” This is where things get sticky for Eric Holder and the Obama Administration.

Six months prior to this investigation the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) had already conducted its own investigation of sheriff Arpaio’s office and not only gave it a clean bill of health, they actually gave a raving review. The report said things like “The OI and DRO supervisors consider the conduct and performance of the MCSO … officers to be professional and meeting the requirement of the MOA.” And that they considered the working relationship between the feds and the sheriff’s office to be “excellent” and that cases brought by the sheriff’s office to be “high quality.”

The DOJ then got caught with its pants down when more government documents were uncovered under the Freedom of Information Act that suggests politics may be at the root of the investigation. Sheriff Arpaio’s lawyers found a March 11, 09 e-mail, that was sent just after the Justice Department investigation was announced, from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency employee to John P. Torres who was at the time the acting assistant secretary of ICE. The email said: “Did you see this?” attaching a news report on the investigation. “Yes,” Torres responded a few minutes later. “Interesting politics at play.”

Thursday’s DOJ lawsuit against sheriff Arpaio is for Arpaio’s allegedly failing to cooperate fully in the probe, despite the fact there has already been an ongoing probe for over a year and a half now and not a single charge has been levied against Arapio or his office by the DOJ for violating anyone’s civil rights.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is convinced that he is the victim of a politically motivated attack by the Obama administration. I think it’s pretty obvious he’s right.

UPDATE:

Via The Daily Caller:

Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Ariz., said that Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent attacks on his colleague, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., were an attempt to take public attention off of Operation Fast and Furious.

“The fact [that the Department of Justice] chose today to release their findings was only done to take the attention away from themselves,” Babeu said in a press release, according to Sonoran News. “Today marks the one year anniversary since the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.”

Holder’s DOJ announced on December 15 that it “had reasonable cause to believe” Arpaio’s office was discriminating against Latinos.

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