Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sheriff Joe violated latinos' rights, according to U.S. Atty.

Phoenix – As a result of findings of civil right violations outlined by U.S. Attorney Thomas Perez, deputies of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will no longer be allowed to detain illegal immigrants following their arrest.

When an officer sends a suspect's name to Washington to learn of past offenses and criminal background under the 287(g) agreement, no data will be returned.

Instead, according to Department of Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, DHS “will utilize federal resources for the purpose of identifying and detaining those individuals who meet U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) immigration enforcement priorities.”

DHS, she said, “will continue to enforce federal immigration laws in Maricopa County in smart, effective ways that focus our resources on criminal aliens, recent border crossers, repeat and egregious immigration law violators and employers who knowingly hire illegal labor.”

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