During a recent seven hour deposition as part of a racial profiling lawsuit against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, attorney David Bodney grilled the Sheriff over specific references to the “reconquista” conspiracy theory in his 2008 book, “Joe’s Law: America’s Toughest Sheriff Takes on Illegal Immigration, Drugs and Everything Else That Threatens America.”
Bodney points out that, in his book, Arpaio repeatedly referenced a “growing movement” among Mexican nationals and Mexican-Americans that contends “that massive immigration over the border will speed and guarantee the reconquista of these lands, returning them to Mexico.” Arpaio also wrote that his parents’ migration from Italy “never constituted a reconquest” of the U.S. because they didn’t “regard any inch of American soil as somehow belonging to Italy.” When probed, Arpaio plead ignorance and pinned the blame on his book’s co-author, Len Sherman:
BODNEY: You were at least, according to the cover, listed as the lead author?
BODNEY: Does the book reflect yours views?
ARPAIO: Uhhh…I’m not sure to the best of my knowledge. I haven’t reviewed the book recently. In fact, I haven’t even read the book. […]
BODNEY: In Joe’s Law you refer to the illegal immigration problem and about the Mexicans who want to take back Arizona and parts of the United States. A “reconquista.” Do you remember that?
ARPAIO: Once again, I’m going to say my co-author did a lot of research and many parts of the book was attributed to him…this is something injected by the co-author and I’m not familiar with that whole situation.
Arpaio also indicated that he doesn’t agree with subtitle of his own book and doesn’t remember telling GQ magazine, “You know what it is? It’s this civil rights, all that crap” or stating that his Sheriff’s office was “becoming a full-fledged anti-immigration agency.” Arpaio is currently being investigated by both the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(HT: Feathered Bastard)