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With U.S. Supreme Court taking on SB1070, illegal border crossers are back in campaign spotlight

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the lawsuit against SB1070 couldn’t have been timed better to put illegal immigration front and center for the 2012 campaign season.

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Montgomery questions DOJ report; calls for reinstatement of immigration checks (access required)

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery today joined the chorus of Republicans questioning the political motives of the U.S. Department of Justice and its release of findings that the Sheriff’s Office has followed a practice of racial profiling.

Montgomery also said he’s also going to ask the federal government to reinstate a program it stripped from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Thursday that allows detention officers to check the immigration status of people who are getting processed into jail.

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Feds: Sheriff’s Office ‘deeply rooted’ in racial profiling against Latinos (access required)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has always been fond of saying he’s accountable only to the voters.

But the U.S. Department of Justice took the first steps Dec. 15 toward making Arpaio answer to the federal government after unveiling the results of a civil rights probe that one investigator described as “the most egregious racial profiling in the United States.”

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