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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Arpaio's Immigration Sweeps Draw Community Criticism and a Lawsuit

According to the news reports, a lawsuit has been brought against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for what is said to be racial profiling.

Allegations are that the immigration sweeps conducted by Maricopa County Deputies under the direction of Sheriff Arpaio are targeting vehicles driven by individuals appearing of Hispanic decent to ascertain their citizenship status.

Those who filed the lawsuit claim that the Arpaio’s Deputies had no probable cause to stop the vehicles and those that were stopped for immigration checks were solely done so on basis of their skin color.

The Maricopa Sheriff’s office focus on immigration sweeps haven't been quite a favorite of residents and actually has come at a price. Among the complaints from residents is slow response to emergency calls and failure by the department to thoroughly investigate crimes.

According to the Capitol Times, the most affected are "remote rural communities in the sprawling county, where Arpaio stripped deputies from beat patrols to staff his new immigration enforcement team."

We will continue to follow this story and post updates as they come available.


Beth said...

It's time Andy step in and take that one bullitt away from 'ol Barney.

Somewhere in Maricopa County - a wife is being beaten by her estranged husband, a child is being molested by a neighbor, and a group of teenagers are hitting and huffing whatever they can get their hands on... and it's probably in a gated subdivision.

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