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Feds Stop Immigration Cooperation With Arizona

Feds Stop Immigration Cooperation With Arizona

The Obama administration will stop cooperating with Arizona law enforcement officials, and will only send officers to pick up undocumented aliens if they meet Immigration and Customs Enforcement Guidelines.

The decision comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Arizona v. United States ruling that invalidated most of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law. While the ruling left in place rules allowing local law enforcement to check the immigration status of people arrested or detained by police, the decision by the Obama administration means that many of those identified by Arizona officials will not be deported.

“We will not be issuing detainers on individuals unless they clearly meet our defined priorities,” said an unnamed official quoted by the conservative Washington Times.

The Obama administration had previously indicated that it intended to wind down the 287(g) program, which essentially deputizes local law enforcement to work as deputies monitoring immigration for the federal government. The program, which was begun under the administration of President George W. Bush, has been criticized by pro-immigration activists. The Obama administration had already canceled its agreement with the department of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

While the Obama administration had been planning to phase out the program, today’s decision to cancel agreements with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, as well as agreements with the Pinal and Pima County Sheriffs’ Departments and the Phoenix Police Department, effectively neutralizes the effects of the remaining section of S.B. 1070.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, lashed out at the decision by the Obama administration.

“I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised,” Brewer said in a statement. “The Obama administration has fought the people of Arizona at every turn – downplaying the threat that a porous border poses to our citizens, filing suit in order to block our State from protecting itself, unilaterally granting immunity to tens of thousands of illegal aliens living in our midst, and now this. Still, the disarmament of Arizona’s 287(g) agreements is a new low, even for this administration.”

The statement struck a much different tone than one she issued earlier in the day, in which she declared the Supreme Court’s ruling a “victory.”

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3:35PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Thank you for article and interesting comments.

3:35PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Thank you for article and interesting comments.

3:34PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Thank you for article and interesting comments.

10:42PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Seriously? Do some of you really think it matters what the Webster's definition is and whether a gulag can accurately be called a concentration camp? I would suspect that for a political prisoner in the gulag for 20 years for telling a political joke cares much what it is called. It is all horrifying no matter what term you put to it. A person can not truly understand the gulag by simply by reading Solzhenitsyn. Attempting to compare Sheriff Arpaio's tent jail to a gulag or concentration camp is disgusting, as it is neither, and diminishes the truth of what happened under Stalin and Hitler's murderous regimes.

I will also take this opportunity to remind a few people posting here that it is Obama who is still keeping Guantanamo open, three years after he signed an executive order to close it. What happened to all of the righteous indignation during these last three years?

In reading some of the uglier comments made here, especially ones where a certain poster questioned whether another was in fact, old, fat, uneducated, blah blah blah......really? Are you prejudiced against the old, fat and uneducated? Perhaps some of you should target the argument, not the person.

7:49PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Inna-Have you totally gone off the deep end?

7:47PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Inna-So do you want to tell us all, since you are the expert, when exactly does "a camp where people are detained under harsh conditions" actually become a full blown "concentration camp?" Exactly, in your mind, how horrible does it have to be until one can use the term "concentration camp"?

6:33PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Thanks for warning.... I'm not going to be on this site anymore. As I found out, I can't deal with you, people. Good luck.

6:00PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

(cont)
And on top of everything, your "description" of what's going on now in England is another piece of you know what. I was in London a year ago, I went to those neighborhoods that don't even look like England; I looked at the angry faces of muslems, screaming their hate for England, Englishmen, christians, Jews, of course... I spoke to people who live there - if you like it so much there, go there. We'll have a much cleaner air on this side of the ocean. Or go to Michigan and see how slowly but surely our country becomes one of those European miseries. Gush, I can't explain how much I hate you, David. Personally! Hate to the last bone in my body.

5:53PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

David H., the definition I gave is based on today's understanding of what concentration camps are. You can go as far back as you'd like, but different time provide different definitions of current understandings. And your explanation of the Soviet era camps are so out of reality and any knowledge of what was going on in there at that time, it took my breath away. You have no idea of people, the whole nations of people (like Lithuanians, Latvias, Tatars, etc) who were sent to camps with children, old people, pregnant women; people who were killed, raped, transported through the whole country in cattle cars without water, food - the whole villages were destroyed overnight! And you dare to pretend to be a "specialist" by googling one name and one book, by naming camp prisoners (50 millions of them) "national embarrassment"? You are a sick person.
I don't need your sympathy. You are a scum. A piece of shit. I really use this kind of language, but you really make me sick to my stomach.

2:41PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

@Ela you are completly right!!!

@ David H. Kudos for you!!! Can't sent a green star coz I sent one this week, hihihi.

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