Originally Published: December 12, 2011 9:55 p.m.
PRESCOTT - The Supreme Court's plans for 2012 also prompted comments from U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during their speeches here Monday.
After agreeing earlier to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act, the Supreme Court agreed Monday to review a federal appeals court ruling that blocked several provisions of Arizona's 2010 immigration law, SB 1070.
If the Supreme Court rules the healthcare law is unconstitutional, the government needs to be ready with a plan to revise existing healthcare laws, Gosar said.
"This system is very broken," he said, warning that Medicare Part A could be insolvent by 2014.
While Gosar didn't comment on SB 1070, it was no surprise to anyone that Arpaio had plenty to say about that and other immigration issues.
"I don't need 1070," Arpaio said. "We're still doing the job."
He boasted that instead of handing alleged illegal immigrants over to the feds, he books them into jail on Class 4 felony charges. Since they can't afford bail, they end up staying in jail until their cases are adjudicated.
"When they cross you, you throw them in jail," Arpaio said. "You don't send them back."
President Obama doesn't like him because he enforces SB 1070, Arpaio said. "They don't want to lock them up in jails," he said. "They worry about the Hispanic vote."
He talked about recent Maricopa County Sheriff's Office raids on Mexican restaurants as well as McDonald's and Sizzler for allegedly employing illegal immigrants.
"We made 500 openings for U.S. citizens," he said. "Every time we take them out, U.S. citizens are lined up for jobs."
On the downside, he said he can't go out to eat anymore.
"I'd like to sneak in and get some good tacos," he said, but it's hard in the Valley of the Sun so he might look for a good Mexican restaurant while visiting Prescott.