DHS and ICE Cut off Sheriff Arpaio
There's big news stirring in the immigrant rights movement today. The New York Times today reported that the Justice Department's report following a three-year investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, found that the sheriff's office has "a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos."
Image above: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
“We have peeled the onion to its core,” said Thomas E. Perez, the assistant attorney general for civil rights, noting during a conference call with reporters on Thursday morning that more than 400 inmates, deputies and others were interviewed as part of the review, including Mr. Arpaio and his command staff. Mr. Perez said the inquiry, which also included jail visits and reviews of thousands of pages of internal documents, raised the question of whether Latinos were receiving “second-class policing services” in Maricopa County.
In response to the Department of Justice's report,Secretary Napolitano and the U.S Department of Homeland Security issued a statement that it would “be terminating MCSO’s 287(g) jail model agreement and is restricting the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office access to the Secure Communities program. DHS will utilize federal resources for the purpose of identifying and detaining those individuals who meet U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) immigration enforcement priorities."