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Friday, July 10, 2009

O Arizona: Sheriff Joe's Understatement of the Year

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed Friday to continue his immigration enforcement efforts even if he decides to opt out of a deal that gives 160 of his officers the power to enforce federal immigration law.

The U.S. Homeland Security Department said it was changing the rules for allowing local police to enforce those laws. Arpaio has been using those rules to arrest suspected illegal immigrants.

If he walks away from it, he said he will continue enforcing state laws that prohibit immigrant smuggling and ban employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

"I get the impression that they don't like the way we are operating," said Arpaio, who believes the changes in the program would hamper his immigration enforcement efforts.

link: Arpaio Vows More Immigration Enforcement - Phoenix News Story - KPHO Phoenix


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