Hardly a day goes by that Mark Spencer doesn't do something else to be an embarrasment to PLEA. An article inthe Arizona Republic revealed that Phoenix Police Officers aren't asking people about their immigraiton status in spite of the change in operation order 1.4.
Mark Spencer pressure the city council and Mayor modify operation order 1.4 and even said that it didn't go far enough after the changes were made. Mark wanted police to be able to arrest illegal immigrants like ICE. I don't know any officers that wanted to be immigration police, but Mark's loyalty to Sherriff Joe and his people was more important than the members and Mark went to war with managmeent and the city council to get the order changed.
Now, Mark is saying that we don't need to check immigration status because MCSO already does that at the jail. What has changed. Nothing. This is a complete turn around from where Mark was on the issue. This was his comment in the newspaper article:
Mark Spencer, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, a police union that represents patrol officers, said he believes officers are not following the requirement because it is redundant since the immigration status of every person who is booked into the jail is automatically checked by jail officials from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office under an agreement with ICE.
Well if he had just let the issue alone, the operation order wouldn't have changed. But now that we have a new operation order, we will be criticized by the media for not asking immigration status. Thanks for the gift to the members Mark.
If Mark thinks the operation order is redundant then why doesn't he go back to the city council and ask them to change it back to what it said before? Nah, that would be the best thing for the members and that's not what Mark does.
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