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Arpaio says crosses to be put where bodies found

Aug 16, 2013

Arizona Republic

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio - worst sheriff in the world What part of the First Amendment and Arizona Constitution doesn't Sheriff Joe understand???

Oh, that's right Sheriff Joe considers himself above the law. If Sheriff Joe wants to mix government and religion, Sheriff Joe is gonna mix government and religion. He's got a gun and a badge and is the law.

1st Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion

Arizona Constitution

No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise, or instruction, or to the support of any religious establishment.

Arpaio says crosses to be put where bodies found

By D.S. Woodfill The Republic | azcentral.com Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:03 PM

Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies will begin erecting white wooden crosses to mark the final resting places of immigrants who die after crossing the border into the U.S. from Mexico, the Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.

The crosses aren’t mere memorials, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said as he stood in front of several perched in a patch of desert in Laveen.

Arpaio said the crosses bear a number that, when given to 911 operators by a person seeking help, will be used to identify his or her location.

Sheriff’s spokesman Chris Hegstrom said responders had previously relied on identifying landmarks provided by those stranded.

Arpaio said the crosses would also provide a reminder of the risks of illegal border crossing.

“The crosses symbolize death,” Arpaio said, pointing out that four bodies had been found in the previous four days near Gila Bend.

The crosses are made by Maricopa County Jail inmates, and Arpaio said he hopes to have Sheriff’s Posse members and inmates erect more in other areas of county desert.

“This is just one way to try and save some lives,” he said.