anti-immigration extremism

Alamance County Sheriff not off the hook yet

I wonder how he feels about having to look over his shoulder constantly?

The U.S. Justice Department is appealing a judge's ruling clearing a North Carolina sheriff of allegations he ordered deputies to target Hispanic residents for enforcement, violating their civil rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina said it had received complaints about Johnson, his deputies, and their treatment of Latinos for years. Johnson denied the allegations. The Republican was elected to a fourth four-year term in November after running unopposed.

It's bad enough that he runs his office like a tyrant, using his deputies as a blunt object with which to strike out against imagined dark-skinned enemies. But in order to create like-minded drones, he sends his deputies off to anti-immigrant indoctrination camps, as well:

NC GOP attacks immigrants and home rule in one bill

Which they probably view as "efficient" lawmaking:

Language added to the measure Wednesday would prohibit cities and counties from adopting "sanctuary" rules for undocumented immigrants, either by local law or policy. Such rules limit when police and sheriffs' deputies can enforce federal immigration law. They also tend to curb the collection of information about a person's immigration status and limit when information about an undocumented person can be transmitted to the federal government.

Cities such as Asheville have adopted such rules because proponents there say it frees up police to concentrate on more troublesome, violent crimes. Advocates say it also helps law enforcement to establish better ties in immigrant communities.

Take it from somebody who lives in Alamance County, the home of rabid anti-immigrant Sheriff Terry Johnson: Going after undocumented workers *does not* make your area safer, it simply allows real criminals the breathing room they need to operate. Taking a brief break from their racial profiling, deputies are periodically forced to do their real jobs:

Obama making GOP dance to his tune with immigration action

And they'll be stepping on each other's toes even after the music stops:

Some on the right pushed for using must-pass spending legislation to try to shut-down Obama's move. One lawmaker— two-term Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama — raised the specter of impeachment. Party leaders warned against such talk and sought to avoid spending-bill tactics that could lead to a government shutdown. They said such moves could backfire, alienating Hispanic voters and others.

In a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans, McConnell urged restraint. Still, there were concerns among some Republicans that the potential 2016 presidential candidates in the Senate would use the announcement to elevate their standing, challenging Obama directly.

Good luck on that whole "restraint" thing. Even if Republican leaders actually want their flock to behave like adults, which is not a foregone conclusion, the tantrums associated with this Executive Action will be legendary. I doubt we'll be lucky enough to see any Buddhist monk-styled immolation in the aisles of Congress, but there could be some tears of frustration. In actuality, it won't be a "groundbreaking" move by the President:

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