CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, a strong supporter of Arizona’s new immigration law, has been ordered killed by the Mexican Mafia.
He’s been very outspoken about the need to secure the borders, and the topic is a controversial one.
Pinal County is nearly 5,400 square miles and much of the desert is known as a drug and human trafficking corridor.
Chief Deputy Steve Henry said they have information of additional threats from the Mexican Mafia and drug cartel members that placed a ‘green light’ on Babeu’s life.
Henry said threats against the Sheriff by foreign born criminals raise their concerns to a new level.
Outside law enforcements have been brought in to investigate the threats and have also found them credible.
Sheriff Babeu declined personal security detail. He decided not to request funding for security detail at this time, because the county resources, both in terms of money and personnel, are already stretched.
Sheriff Babeu has a message for them and for Barack Obama:
"I understand this threat, yet I will not run in fear or change my support for SB1070 and my demands for President Obama to secure our border with 3,000 armed soldiers in Arizona and start building the fence again. I’m always armed and as every law enforcement member knows, we always have to be aware of our surroundings and possible threats."
This comes amid news that the obama administration will be filing suit possibly Tuesday, (today) against Arizona over the new law.
Governor Jan Brewer has already stated previously she and AZ lawyers are ready to defend the law and have every confidence they will win in court.
"We are not going to back away from this issue. We are going to pursue it, we’re going to be very aggressive. We’ll meet them in court … And we will win."-- Governor Jan Brewer
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Pew Research- "Broad Approval For New Arizona Immigration Law"
Rasmussen- "56% Oppose Justice Department Challenge of Arizona Immigration Law"
Quinnipiac University- "More U.S. Voters Want Arizona-Like Immigration Law, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds"
Gallup- "More Americans Favor Than Oppose Arizona Immigration Law"
Los Angeles Times/USC poll- "Overall, 50% of registered voters surveyed said they support the law"
Phoenix Business Journal in June- "Poll: Support for Brewer, immigration law"
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