Thursday, February 8, 2007
Sheriff Joe Arpaio received the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors' blessing on Wednesday to train up to 160 officers to enforce federal immigration laws.
Arpaio said the officers will be used to arrest suspected undocumented immigrants and turn them over to the federal government.
A small but growing number of law enforcement officials in the United States have asked for similar training. Critics contend that local officers doubling as immigration agents could undermine public safety by making immigrants reluctant to report crimes and could lead to racial profiling. Click here.