Arpaio Stripped Of Power To Enforce Immigration Laws

December 16, 2011

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

TUCSON, Ariz. -- “What basically Napolitano has done is prevented Sheriff Joe Arpaio from practcing any immigration policies. He’s not equipped,” Guzman said. “He’s abused this and therefore, they took it away from him.”

Without the two agreements, Arpaio now cannot hold someone on a mere immigration charge for longer than 48 hours. At that point, the sheriff’s office will have to call DHS to take a suspect into custody.

According to the Migration Policy Institute, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office helped deport more than 26,000 illegal migrants between 2007 and 2010.