Rick Flores responds from Arizona

Mr. Flores must have been reading my previous post regarding the impact on law enforcement in Arizona!
I am surprised he responded so quickly, especially to someone whom he only knew through presentations and meetings. This was his response:

SB 1070

From: Rick Flores (email deleted)

Good hearing from you!

Yes, I was aware about you’re accident; I was still in Laredo. I hope you’re doing fine, God is great.

And, yes, San Luis, AZ is a vibrant, exciting and beautiful growing city on the border. It’s not like other border cities in terms of trouble with cartel violence; we hope and pray it stays that way.

As for the immigration bill (SB 1070), most Hispanics/Latinos here, (San Luis, AZ) feel it’s racism. Many here comment that Arizona still has a long way to go regarding discrimination towards Hispanics/Latinos. Ironically, San Luis, AZ – Yuma County, produce approximately 75% of all the frozen vegetables to the U.S.

As for how SB 1070 will affect our department, it’s simple, it’s an unfunded mandate; it’s not going to help! The state of Arizona is asking us to perform additional duties that Federal law enforcement already perform – and they get paid for doing that!

Don’t get me wrong, we work and assist Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as a second line of defense. Any time we apprehend people violating state laws (i.e. trespassing, criminal mischief etc..) and we see that they’re undocumented, we call CBP and they take them away to process.

My questions are, how do we define “reasonable suspicion or probable cause to articulate whether they’re here illegally?” If they’re brown, dark hair, wearing a soccer shirt with the logo of Corona Beer, drinking a Topo-Chico mineral water and speaking Spanish, would that constitute reasonable suspicion or probable cause?

We’re not trained to look for those tell(tale) signs that federal agents have been trained and most recent updates; latest technology/training – that identifies fake passports, ID’s and/or other fraudulent documents used to sneak their way across.

As municipal peace officers of San Luis, we have an obligation to protect and serve the residents of our city who pay us to serve them. I truly believe it wasn’t well thought out. In my opinion, the Republican Party (the party responsible for pushing this bill through and signed by Jan Brewer, Republican Governor) needed an issue to sound off the alarm that they’re still alive and well!

“We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement.” William Howard Taft

I strongly feel what President Taft stated above, legislators pass laws without any regard how it affects those who will apply the law.

I hope this will help you – please stay in touch,

Rick Flores

Good luck, Mr. Flores, on your new position as Chief of Police for the border city of St. Luis, Arizona!

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6 Responses to Rick Flores responds from Arizona

  1. Hilda says:

    hmmmm…..I think some things need to change, but this is not the way to do it. The Police Department already has enough on thier plates; I don’t think we need to add more work when trying to get illegals out of our country. That should be left up to CBP to take care of. Maybe our government needs to hire more staff to take care of their responsibilities!!

  2. rick78 says:

    Well good luck to Rick he is facing a tremendous endeavor with this new Hitler law. Hope they listen to him .

  3. Saralice says:

    Very well said Ricky! Best of luck–Love from your home town family. Juan and Sara

  4. Nuno Sciaraffa says:

    Well said Chief Flores. The law has many steps it must follow for it to be in place. As you stated it is not funded and it has not taken effect.

    What they did by passing the law has opened up a new channel for Latinos to unite against discrimination towards Latinos. All across our great country Latinos that barely knew each other have a common cause and the political landscape are taking notice they have stirred our pot on this one issue and we will go and vote and make perhaps a difference.

    I also wish you Mr. Flores well wishes in your new job. I know you will do an excellent job. We just need to send you a T shirt that says HECHO EN Laredo, Texas.

    Perhaps when they open a Taco Palenque in your new city you feel like your in Laredo.

    Stay the course and best wishers to you and your family.

  5. Nunteegex says:

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian,

  6. Anonymous says:

    And now he is running for Sheriff again? I wonder why he left Arizona? Did he get profiled?

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