“Several thousand critics of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gathered outside “Tent City” Saturday night for a rally calling for the closure of the sheriff’s complex of canvas jail tents” calling the facility inhumane.
I’m sure I haven’t seen these people protesting the living conditions of the average American soldier in the field, which is at best on par with the tent city. But if you are a criminal, their heart swells with sympathy for you. In this case, the protest is being staged by a Unitarian group against the immigration policies of Arizona. While these caring individuals are “Standing on the side of love,” they fail to point out that the inmates aren’t all Mexican nationals arrested for immigration violations. Nor are they mistreated. To house them in a typical facility would be more expensive (you have to build the jail, first, then there’s upkeep, utilities, etc.) Also, being locked behind concrete walls is psychologically worse than being fenced in. However, that’s not their real beef; they dislike the Maricopa County sheriff (and there are things not to like…and things to respect) and they see anything of his design as tainted by their hatred for him or certain policies he supports.
But don’t let the truth stop you from complaining.