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Sheriff Paul Babeu Rips Gang-of-8 Bill on Behalf of Western States Sheriffs

Posted: July 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm   /   by

On behalf of the Western States Sheriffs Association (WSSA), Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona, has issued a statement strongly opposing the Gang-of-8 Senate Bill S.744.  These are the men & women who must deal with the consequences of federal failures to secure our border and pursue those who illegally overstay their visas.  The sheriffs speak with highest credibility from their own first-hand experience, as opposed to the clueless, self-congratulatory senators in Washington who just passed S.744.

Babeu and the WSSA instead urge full support for House Bill 2278 offered by Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).  This bill focuses directly on law enforcement, addressing both illegal border crossers and those who overstay their visas.  It would explicitly allow State and local law enforcement, at their option, to enforce federal immigration laws.

Babeu’s full statement appears below:

Sheriffs from across America stand against the Senate Gang of 8 immigration reform plan, which will give 11-20 million illegals a path to citizenship. I was joined by numerous Sheriffs to speak publicly last week at our National Sheriffs Association conference, held in Charlotte, NC. 

Yavapai Sheriff Scott Mascher nominated me to be the official spokesman for the Western States Sheriffs Association (WSSA) on all border security and immigration issues. I was humbled by their unanimous vote and I reaffirmed my pledge to continue our national fight to stop the Gang of 8’s plan and to throw our full support to the US House plan (HB 2278) offered by Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia). 

We’ve been promised border security before and we do NOT trust the federal government to actually enforce immigration law and secure our borders. Sheriffs’ have additional security concerns related to relaxing requirements of foreigners seeking asylum and outsourcing of the screening and waiver process for eligible illegals and their family members.

We must secure the border first, prior to any discussion of green cards and a path to citizenship offered to nearly 20 million illegals and their families. This plan gives everything to President Obama upfront, while border security is promised once again on the backend. We are about to repeat history, when in 1986 President Reagan gave amnesty to 2 million illegals. Now, the stakes are far higher, yet it seems that we haven’t learned our lesson. 

Secretary Janet Napolitano almost daily proclaims that our US/Mexican border is already secure in an effort to pave the way to amnesty. One year ago, the Tucson sector alone had 123,285 illegals apprehended and now the Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol recently testified that this number is up more than 13%. Additionally, our Sheriff’s Office recently led a multi-agency investigation which busted the largest drug smuggling operation in the history of Arizona, valued between $2-$3 Billion, arresting 76 individuals of the Sinaloa Mexican Drug Cartel and seized 108 of their firearms. In law enforcement, we call these clues; the border is NOT more secure than ever.

This immigration reform plan gives Secretary Napolitano six months to come up with a border security plan. What has she been doing for the past four years? She deceptively proclaims border security in order to convince the American people that the border is secure and yet she tells law enforcement officials that the border can’t be secured. In Nogales, Arizona on July 7th, 2011 Secretary Napolitano personally told me and several law enforcement officials that “we are never going to seal the border, and since the beginning of time, we’ve always had contraband and smuggling going through it.” I along with most Americans wonder how the person in charge of securing the border can say we can’t do it. The border can and must be secured. It has already happened in the Yuma Sector (where I was privileged to serve as the Commanding Army Officer for Task Force Yuma) where border crossings have been reduced by 97%. This is the proof of concept that PROVES that we can secure the border. Don’t buy any of the un-American and defeatist Napolitano rant that the border can’t fully be secured. 

Most agree that we need to reform our immigration system, yet logic and history should demand that our border must be secured first. I applaud this effort to add significant resources to build fencing, add needed staff, and improve security. This has to be done first. What is the justification to not secure the border first and then start on reform? I do not trust that the border will be secured under this plan, since the very people in charge already believe we have security. We are asked to trust the very people who recently released 2,228 criminal illegals to our streets and continue to refuse to provide me their names, criminal history, their individual threat assessment, and location of their supervised release. We are asked to trust the very people who covered up Benghazi and gave over 2,000 high powered weapons (AG Holder’s Fast & Furious) to the Mexican Drug Cartel that we are fighting. The only failsafe of this plan is if the border is not 90% secure, the plan calls to establish a commission years later to study what went wrong. Border security is a grave national security concern.


David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 44 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
David Leeper


  1. studboi says:

    Baboon  said: “Yavapai Sheriff Scott Mascher nominated me ”  Really? why is he to speak for California sheriffs and other states.  Well babeu  always is smelling a… to get what he wants, he even can sleep with obama. i say this for first hand.  As an example… babeu slept over with arizona legislature member, arizona dps officer (3 way), right babeu?.
    Lets not talk about babeu and his young lover in massachussets, or the young guy living with him now in san tan. people should wake  up, wonder if is appropriated that the sheriff 43 years old is having a lover 18 year old living with him.

    1. rofomoreno says:

      @studboi All the tabloid gossip you’ve provided aside, you haven’t addressed the topic at hand – the Gof8 plan and the national zero confidence in the powers that control the rampant failings and minimal successes directly related to illegal immigrant. What say you?

      1. studboi says:

        @rofomoreno  @studboi
         simple. babeu doesnt bring any solution. he is just mongering….
        from TPM
        Paul Babeu, the smooth-headed sheriff of Pinal County, Ariz., took a star turn in John McCain’s 2010 “danged fence” campaign ad. Babeu anointed McCain “one of us,” and Babeu continued his ascent to national figure. He went on to become a master of drug cartel fear-mongering. In September 2010, a few weeks after Babeu asserted that Mexican drug cartels “literally do control parts of Arizona,” serious questions were raised about Babeu’s role in hyping one of his deputy’s tale of being shot by drug smugglers in the desert.
        Babeu’s stock continued to rise until early 2012. He ran for Congress, and served as Arizona co-chair of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Then an ex-boyfriend surfaced in the press, publicly outing Babeu as gay and claiming that the sheriff had threatened to deport him. (The ex-boyfriend was an immigrant from Mexico.) Babeu was later cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, but not before he quit the Romney campaign, and called off the congressional run.

        1. rofomoreno says:

          @studboi Muckraker is the source for your contention? Have you tried Phx New Times?

  2. studboi says:

    rofomoreno studboi yes TPM, bNew Times and all over the media, ABC 15, are you smart to see the reality?
    Also sources are babeu one time hook up in arizona. ask babeu who does he live with as a boyfriend?  ask babeu who is the law maker or dps he had sex with, including 3ways. if he answer or you know i will silence, if you dont research or i can tell you names. otherwise dont try to challenge when u dont have facts and you will look dumn

  3. rofomoreno says:

    studboi The obvious reality is your penchant for vituperation – tabloid insinuation from a news-rag that facilitates underage “hook ups” on the back page (if you know what I mean). Innuendo by muck-divers. I could care less about consensual relations. If you have evidence of illegalities, bring them forward. Better yet, convince your news source to step forward.
    In the mean time, what is your opinion of the Gof8 Plan and the challenges as presented by Sheriff Paul Babeu?

  4. rofomoreno studboi Nice turnaround back to the issues!

  5. studboi says:

    WesternFreePress rofomoreno studboi WesternFreePress rofomoreno studboi i dont try to turnaround to another subject. the important here is the pool judgemente of paul babeu hooking up with many,

  6. studboi says:

    WesternFreePress rofomoreno studboi i dont try to turnaround to another subject. the important here is the pool judgemente of paul babeu hooking up with many,

  7. studboi says:

    rofomoreno studboi is not penchant. is the real babeu is corrupted by experience. i know him. you will soon see on the news babeu offering jobs to every single man he finds online hook ups, private parties and sleep over, wasted in glendale. i can give more details, but u dont need.
    Meanwhile. ganof8, at leaste there are a few trying to do something better for this country.  Babeu was all over McCain to get his name out. babeu agree with McCain always. what is the difference now? so now miss drama babeu wants his name oppossing to McCain. 
    Babeu doesnt give any solutions, just moan, and scream, and lie out to be heard. just online looking for young males
    be honest. do you see substance as a person with Moral, Character, motivated for solutions ??? Nooo

  8. rofomoreno says:

    studboirofomoreno “Moral Character”?
    As stated earlier … If you have evidence of illegalities by an elected official, bring them forward. 
    Yourself being a person of apparent concerns of high moral character, it should be within your own to believe that you have a moral obligation to present any possibility of violation of law by an elected official to the appropriate authorities, or at the very least, to a reputable news agency. 
    Regarding the context of this David Leeper/WFP posted article and Babeu’s letter: What is your take on DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s claim of the U.S. southern border being fully secured and in no need of further governmental attention?

Sheriff Paul Babeu Rips Gang-of-8 Bill on Behalf of Western States Sheriffs