"At the end of the day, she is a lawyer with one client: herself. And that instinct gets her into trouble when she puts political expediency before principle.
According to her critics, that's what happened in Chandler, Ariz., a Phoenix suburb where, in July 1997, Arizonans witnessed a horrendous abuse of power. A tag-team of local police and Border Patrol agents - in a futile attempt to purge the city of illegal immigrants over the course of a few days - trampled the civil rights of U.S. citizens. What became known as the Chandler Roundup resulted in the apprehension and deportation of more than 400 illegal immigrants. But because the law-enforcement net was cast wide enough to ensnare anyone who looked like an illegal immigrant - i.e., brown skin, Spanish accents, or even, as one Chandler police officer later told stunned state investigators looking into the incident, a "smell" common to the undocumented - scores of U.S.-born Latinos were systematically harassed, detained and asked to produce birth certificates or citizenship papers."
Funny that Navarrette doesn't make any mention of the other big story involving Chandler and illegal immigrants... the case of the so-called "Chandler Rapist" - Santana Batiz-Aceves - the twice-deported illegal immigrant accused of sexually assaulting five girls and attacking another between June 2006 and November 2007.
The Chandler Rapist - Just Looking For a Better Life
Perhaps if these raids had done their job a little better this rapist would not have had the chance to victimize Americans.
But what do assholes like Navarrette care? A few - no, thousands - of Americans raped and killed is a small price to pay for "justice" for illegal alien criminals.