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Judge bars Arpaio from using immigration tactic

In this April 3, 2012 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio listens in during a news conference in Phoenix. Sheriff Arpaio has been in office 20 years, mainly by being tough on crime and, more recently, illegal immigration. But the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America is in the middle of the most difficult re-election fight of his career, largely because those themes are being turned against him. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

A federal judge has barred use of a policy that allowed people who paid to be sneaked into the United States to be charged under Arizona’s immigrant smuggling law as conspirators to the crime.

U.S. District Judge Robert Broomfield’s ruling Friday said the interpretation of the 2005 state law conflicts with federal law.

Broomfield’s ruling is the latest in a series of restrictions placed on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration enforcement efforts.

Seventy-five percent of the people charged under the smuggling law in the state’s most populous county through June 2011 were charged with conspiring to sneak themselves into the country.

Immigrant rights advocates argued that the law was intended for often-violent smugglers, not their customers.

Defenders of the tactic argued that the interpretation didn’t conflict with federal law.

 

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One comment

  1. 2005 to 2013 — nothing but a reign of terror on the people. Tyranny.

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