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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 12:20 AM

Arizona: Sheriff Arpaio Will Disband Squad That Searches for Illegal Immigrants.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally, is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts . His office said late Wednesday that it would disband a squad that has raided businesses to arrest more than 700 immigrants who were charged with using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs. The move comes after the sheriff’s office was stripped of special federal immigration powers, found to have profiled Latinos in traffic stops, and investigated by the federal authorities for possible civil rights violations. The courts also have thrown out many of Arizona’s immigration laws. “He has proved that when he gets involved in immigration enforcement, he tramples on the U.S. Constitution, at great expense to taxpayers and public safety,” said Cecillia Wang, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who won a racial profiling case against Sheriff Arpaio’s office. The sheriff still retains limited power to confront illegal immigration, such as a civil law that imposes business-license punishments on employers who knowingly hire immigrants in the country illegally.


That's all folks. Short story.

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