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Ariz. Officers Turn In Federal Immigration Badges

December 22, 2011  | 

Ninety-two Maricopa County jail officers turned in their ICE badges on Wednesday afternoon in front of Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a news conference, reports ABC News

The badges allowed the officers to check an inmate's immigration status. That power was revoked last week after the Department of Justice stated the sheriff's office violated civil rights of Latinos.

"It's an insult," Arpaio said.

Tags: Corrections, Immigration Enforcement, Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff


Comments (13)

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TimFromLA @ 12/22/2011 5:18 PM

What's even a bigger insult Joe, you worthless pogue, was jeopardizing the lives of your deputies to arrest "Illegals" and not going after the source of the problem? The employers? The reason why illegals come here in the first place? Look at Alabama, http://huff.to/uu5dZO. they're enforcing the federal law...no wait, maybe the got it wrong, no one is picking the crops and the economy is dwindling. No wonder you never went after the employer. Good job Joe!

Paul from Phx @ 12/22/2011 5:23 PM

Tim, Stay in LA.....

richard valdemar @ 12/22/2011 5:45 PM

TimFromLA,
Obviously you don’t get it! We in law enforcement enforce, on a regular basis, all kinds of federal laws. Ever arrest a bank robber? You are blind or in denial about the amount of serious crimes committed by illegal aliens besides entering our country illegally. They come here for many reasons and not all of them are about looking for jobs. Ever hear of Mexican Drug Cartels?
This has nothing to do with racism. I am Mexican American but my grandparents came here legally. There are lots of Latinos who agree with me. In Los Angeles LAPD is tied down by Special Order 40 put there by open border politicians. But then you probably voted for Obama.

brian @ 12/22/2011 5:57 PM

If they are committing "all types of crimes" then you should be able to arrest them anyway.

Frank @ 12/22/2011 6:29 PM

Look at what state went down the tubes first, California. Its been a mess for years because they give everything away and turn a blind eye to Illegals. What is the differences between a drunk driver, drug dealer or an Illegal. Nothing their all breaking the law. What is the LEO sworn to uphold?

Chuck @ 12/23/2011 5:51 AM

TimFromLA,

I guess a Sheriff who actually dares to take action is more of a problem than the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHO HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING to round up illegal aliens or take any action against the very same employers you are talking about?

Think about it, is it really the role of the local Sheriff to go after those who employ illegals? Or is that a function of, I don't know the Department of Labor, Department of Justice, The Department of Treasury or the IRS?

Why someone who is from the only State who is a defacto safe haven for illegal aliens actually has the audacity to post such ignorant venom is beyond me. And oh by the way, I myself am a Naturalized Citizen - one of the millions who dared to immigrate into these United States LEGALLY (what a concept).

NB @ 12/23/2011 10:22 AM

Its truly a shame that the Obama Admin is continuing to do what previous admins have done regarding illegals. Ignoring the problem and focusing on an ancillary issue.
I wish one of the advocates of ignoring illegals or giving them amnesty would explain why we should ignore their lawbreaking.

If you want to come to America, do it legally like the million plus per year do.
I applaud Sheriff Arpaio his deputies and their efforts.

Frank from Pa. @ 12/23/2011 9:57 PM

No one in Government is going to set it right because these "ILLEGAL'S" are all potential voter's. Weather they do it legally by becomming citizen's which I'm sure in the future the requirements will be waived. Or illegally by using identity theft. It won't matter how much drugs they run or people they kill just so they vote and put these a-holes in office.

All the true American's fighting for our freedom will find they did it all for nothing when they get home. The USA. is doomed and only a few apparently see it. The Sheriff is like Custer surrounded by Illegal's and fools running the show!

Bob@Az. @ 12/26/2011 7:35 PM

TimfromLA- Maybe in LA they don't comprehend the term "illegal" but here in the U.S.A., in the state of Arizona, we do. Sheriff Arpaio is ENFORCING THE LAW. Interesting concept. Maybe you folks in Northern Mexico...er, sorry, California should try it.

Getum @ 12/27/2011 8:59 AM

There is NO racism at all, when the problem is 99% mexican nationals in AZ, it is hard to get nationals from (insert country here) to come here illegally! A vast majority is mexican nationals, not others, if they are found (and they are) they will be arrested too! But those that are not mexicans are not looked at or cared about, because itmakes the whole racial profiling look bad for the accusers!

Getum @ 12/27/2011 9:00 AM

The only people claiming racism is the accusers!

krisnlc @ 12/28/2011 4:02 PM

Hmmm this sure is saturated with crap from both sides... 1) illegals are not supposed to be here period... hence the term "illegals" 2) the problem with Joe is not as simple as some of the people would like to make it be...first of Joe is an idiot and out of control racist...but he was able to hide that for a very long time, because he is acutally enforcing a real law...even so, he has gone well beyond humane ethics in this venture. Joe has simply taken a real problem and attacked it under the GUISE

krisnlc @ 12/28/2011 4:08 PM

Hmm i did not get to finish my comment... start at the "Guise" of justice.... I am hispanic, but do not agree with the illegal thing...even so there are many more serious crimes occuring that can be addressed than simply being an "illegal"... Now are all illegals committing crimes..technically yes, they are illegal... but if that is the only crime, well then lets find the more serious violent criminals, which i am sure some of them are also "illegal". so what is the answer, hell i dont know, but illegal means to me doing something against the written laws of this country. therefore we need to addrss it. but in Joe's case, he simply seemed to have focused an incredible amount of resources to a somewhat tame problem (when the illegal is not a violent dangerous offender). He is a bigot and he used the extremist vision to incite this frenzy into what it is...and now those same extremist are the same people asking Obama to prove his citizenship... hmm i wonder is Joe part of the 10%... FRENZY FRENZY FRENZY...

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