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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Feds Threaten To Sue Arizona Sheriff In Rights Case : NPR

Feds Threaten To Sue Arizona Sheriff In Rights Case : NPR

The county sheriff in Phoenix, known for his efforts against illegal immigrants, is refusing to cooperate in a civil rights investigation, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. It threatened to sue if he refused to cooperate with the next phase of the probe.
The department has been investigating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office for alleged discrimination and unconstitutional searches and seizures. Arpaio is increasingly becoming known as the Arizona sheriff who conducts random raids on places he thinks might be employing illegal immigrants.
His deputies recently raided a suburban Phoenix library at 2:30 a.m., presumably, Justice officials said, to arrest members of the
Although a federal judge suspended several controversial provisions of Arizona's new immigration law, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, shown in front of the county jail last week, said he did not need the law in order to detain undocumented immigrants during a planned crime sweep in Phoenix.
janitorial staff who may have been in the country illegally.
The day after a court put on hold part of Arizona's immigration law that allowed police to ask for proof of citizenship, Arpaio announced an immigration raid that netted three dozen people, six of whom had no documentation.
In a letter, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez gave the sheriff's office until Aug. 17 to turn over documents first requested last year in what the department calls an inquiry into claims of discrimination based on national origin.

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