From the National Tequila Party Movement.
For Immediate Releae
20 February 2012
Shirl Mora James, Lead Co-President (Civil Rights and Immigration Lawyer): 402-890-2295
Sheriff Babeu’s “I am Gay” Excuse Does Not Minimize Legal Consequences
Phoenix, AZ — Sheriff Babeu’s recent resignation as the co-chair of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign in Arizona does not address the pertinent legal question that needs to be answered in this case. Specifically, on February 18, 2012, Sheriff Babeu publicly acknowledged that he is gay and had a personal gay relationship with an undocumented man called Jose. Sheriff Babeu also disclosed that Jose alleges that he (Babeu) used threats of deportation to silence Jose from disclosing anything about their personal sexual relationship to the public.
It is common knowledge that Sheriff, Paul Babeu, is a tough law-and-order and anti-immigrant advocate. However, the Sheriff’s recent revelation of having a personal sexual relationship with an undocumented (non-citizen) man exposes his hypocrisy. Furthermore, Sheriff Babeu’s “I am Gay excuse” does not begin to address the federal legal questions that must be answered in this case.
The legal questions that need to be quickly answered are as follows:
(1) Whether Sheriff Babeu was breaking immigration laws or sex trafficking laws while in a relationship with “Jose”, his ex-lover, who is apparently undocumented.
(2) Whether Babeu’s ex-lover, Jose, was living with him during their relationship…if so, then Sheriff Babeu could be charged with harboring an alien in the United States.
(3) Did Sheriff Babeu assist his lover to come to the U.S.? If so, then that’s another federal felony law violation. The “I’m Gay excuse” does not begin to address these serious questions that must be answered.
Ultimately, Sheriff Babeu needs to do some explaining about how he could be such vehement anti-immigrant advocate while engaging in a personal sexual relationship with an undocumented man (non-citizen). Conversely, the biggest question is whether the personal sexual relationship between Sheriff Paul Babeu and Jose, wasa voluntary relationship on Jose’s part? Sheriff Babeu has a lot of questions that must be answered.
Therefore, it is paramount for U.S. Department of Justice to bring forth an investigation of Sheriff Babeu’s recent activities to determine, if the Sheriff violated any federal laws by allegedly using threats of deportation to silence his ex-lover, Jose.