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Sheriff Paul Babeu's Ex-Boyfriend Speaks to CNN: VIDEO


CNN's Miguel Marquez sat down with José, the ex-boyfriend of Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu in an interview:

"Jose" said his immigration status is current and legal. He said he travels back and forth home to Mexico on a 10-year, US tourist visa that allows multiple-crossings of the border. He also said he was running a business in Arizona called Website Results LLC and claimed it's legal to run the business in the country, even on a tourist visa.

Watch two segments featuring parts of the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The anti-immigrant (borderline racist, anti-Latino) comments here are really stunning. Not at all what I expect of the LGBT community. Is this Towleroad or WND?

    Posted by: RWG | Feb 20, 2012 9:13:12 PM

  2. There are multi-entry visas. But you cannot run a business on one. That's the only possible angle that the sheriff had to deport him (and, apparently, his brother). Jose had to be pretty affluent and educated to get a long-term one. And a 10-year visa is hard to get unless you're from a close ally of the US, and Mexico isn't considered one because of the immigration and drug issues (an exception is the temporary NAFTA visa).

    You can do business on a visa (say, meetings), but that's about it unless you're from a country with whom the US has reciprocity agreements. Owning a business requires a green card and often more.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 20, 2012 11:18:36 PM


    Posted by: Shannon | Feb 20, 2012 11:25:13 PM

  4. You lie with dogs and you get fleas. This guy deserves whatever shitstorm comes his way just for having a relationship with that two-timing megalomaniac.

    Posted by: Owen | Feb 21, 2012 12:02:28 AM

  5. Agree with ATOMIC and RWG.
    I am shocked that this kind of thinking exists in our "community".

    Posted by: RAK | Feb 21, 2012 2:59:12 AM

  6. @JackFknTwist
    You might want to learn a thing or two about the WWW before you start using it.
    If you read Andy's original post it states "He also said he was running a business in Arizona called Website Results LLC". When I put "Website Results LLC" into a Google search the information I posted (previously) was the first result that came up in that search. Anyone with half a brain (and a finger) could obtain that information. If you are so concerned with guarding Mr Orozco's identity then your tirade should be directed at Towleroad and/or CNN.

    Posted by: Oliver | Feb 21, 2012 3:18:20 AM

  7. Jose is 34 and they're hiding his face like he's under 18. WTF. It's an ex lover's spat. They dated off and on, but it seems Jose wanted more. They're both closet cases no more. The sheriff got mad that Jose was setting them up and Jose got mad cause Babeu didn't want a monogamous relationship. The photo shows Babeu with his shirt off who cares. There's no shot of him naked like Weiner, who by the way was married and pregnant. Let it go. There's no R v D here. CNN is now covering a lover's spat. Must be a slow weekend.

    Posted by: Name: | Feb 21, 2012 7:50:19 AM

  8. So I'm to believe that a non-American tourist can get a 10 year visa and be able to own and operate a business in the U.S.? Yeah... that makes perfect sense. I guess I should ask my immigration lawyer for my $30k back because clearly he was ignorant to immigration law by insisting that I needed an E-2 investor's visa to operate a business in the US.

    And add to that, a mexican, with questionable papers, dating a closeted Republican sheriff whose election campaign is based upon the very premise of deporting illegal aliens is akin to a Jew dating a Nazi. They deserve each other and the sh*t storm that is erupting around them.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Feb 21, 2012 8:20:02 AM

  9. Obviously they blurred his face only because Jose requested it as a condition of doing the interview, not because they wanted to "sensationalize" the story. The reporter explicitly says he's "afraid to be identified" when introducing the interview, by way of explanation. This is standard practice in such circumstances, and I'd hardly get on CNN's case for doing it.

    Posted by: Will G | Feb 21, 2012 9:25:47 AM

  10. The 10-year multi-entry visa is a formality which relies on the passport (valid for 10 years in the US) of the home country, basically so that you don't have to constantly re-apply. However, you can't stay for extended periods of time (I think it's two or three months max and then you must leave and re-enter the country).

    It's also quite possible he's from Mexico but his passport is from another country where dual citizenship is allowed. This happens all the time in Europe.

    Either way, the Sheriff does not come off well. Either he's not enforcing the law (at least federal law) or he's abusing his power by making threats. The only way he gets out of it is if Jose is lying about the abuse and is legal.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 21, 2012 1:31:12 PM

  11. This Jose individual is very vengeful and as a jilted lover will make it so that Babeau is ruined professionally for a long time to come. Choose carefully.

    Posted by: Eileen | Feb 21, 2012 1:46:18 PM

  12. This is so delicious – it is a double edged sword. On one hand we have the Sheriff now known as the Arizona Gay Sheriff. Now there can be a sheriff in the YMCA crew instead of just a “walking the beat and directing traffic” police officer. That is good. Up a level… The people who already disliked the Sheriff, Republicans, and dislike gays are off and running their mouths. They are in hog heaven. However, now the gay community has a role model, an insider, a confidant, and a poster boy for the cause. And he seems to favor the Republican Party – nice. We have been longing to infiltrate at this high level, openly.

    The Democrats had the upper hand for too long with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Move over you old has been Queens there is a new sheriff in gay town. And he’s taking over “One City at a Time”. We are going to have the most smashing gay parade right down Central Avenue that will outshine any Las Posadas. And with Mexican theme…Piñatas for everyone - This is what we all have been waiting for….I cannot wait PERSONALLY… da dun dad a da; da dun dad a da; dun dadadadadada da dun da; bring me a Margarita, stat.

    Posted by: Hips and Lips | Feb 22, 2012 12:38:30 PM

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