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Arizona Sheriff Launches Immigration Sweep

Published July 16, 2010

 | Associated Press


PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office launched its 16th crime and immigration sweep in a stretch of desert in the southwestern portion of the county.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the one-day sweep was prompted by reports of many drug and immigrant smugglers moving through the Vekol Valley.

By late Thursday night, sheriff's deputies say 11 arrests had been made including seven people being investigated for human smuggling. The other arrests were for outstanding warrants and traffic violations.

Since early 2008, Arpaio has launched patrols that seek out traffic violators and arrest other offenders, such as people accused of human smuggling.

Critics say officers racially profile Latinos in the patrols. Arpaio denies the allegations, saying people pulled over in the sweeps are approached because deputies have probable cause to believe they committed crimes.

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  1. this guy has stood up to 3 presidents so far,he's a american hero,too bad john wayne isn't still around to play him in a movie……..

    Comment by ken | July 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. I love this guy, I've been watching him for years. I wish he'd run for president.

    Comment by Denise MacColeman | July 16, 2010 | Reply

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