ICE Dedicates 50 Officers to Maricopa Jails Following Canceled Agreement with Sheriff Arpaio; "No Gap" in Enforcement Expected

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Nelson Peacock, DHS assistant secretary for legislative affairs

Federal authorities promised today to take up the slack in Maricopa County jails following the severing of ties with the sheriff's office over allegations of widespread racial profiling.


In a letter today to Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, an official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security vowed to leave "no gap" in immigration enforcement.


Fifty agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau have now been assigned to "screen, identify, apprehend and remove criminal aliens found in the jails of Maricopa County," wrote Nelson Peacock, DHS assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the letter.


Until last week, ICE had allowed Sheriff Arpaio's jail officers to screen inmates suspected of being illegal immigrants through a program known as 287(g), in which deputies were cross-trained as immigration officers and allowed to access federal databases. The feds had canceled the 287(g) privilege for Arpaio's street-level deputies in 2009 following complaints by the community, but had let the jail program continue and even bragged about its successes.

Peacock's letter, sent in response to a letter sent to DHS on Friday by Senator Kyl, notes that the systemic civil-rights violations in Arpaio's shop extended to the jail system, and ICE has "no interest in supporting" the pattern of racial discrimination.

Peacock says the newly reassigned federal officers:


...will perform the work previously conducted by 287(g) officers and will ensure that criminal aliens and other removable public safety threats are not released into the community. These federal officers will have full access to Secure Communities and will continue this work until such time as DOJ is satisfied that MCSO has remedied the unlawful practices outlined in the DOJ report. In short, there will be no gap in immigration enforcement in Maricopa County.


DHS sent New Times Peacock's letter this afternoon to answer some of the questions we asked. We're still wondering how and why ICE and DHS managed to let this problem fester for so long, and what the failure to stop the racial discrimination sooner says about the feds' ability to act as a replacement for Arpaio's team.

But the addition of 50 officers will be better than nothing. All Arpaio needs to rally his supporters -- and divert attention from his office's "culture of bias" -- is one illegal immigrant to commit a serious crime after being released from jail, or for ICE to deport a high-level felon before a trial.



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27 comments
AfroPhoenician
AfroPhoenician

Maybe it was, but what has the current piece of shit down to fix it? Where is that guy anyway???? I know the subject is ICE but your liberal friend tried to deflect attention away from the sorry ass administration's lack of border control.

Alexander Khan
Alexander Khan

Steve Gallardo, GO BACK TO MEXICO IDIOT and PROTEST THERE> YOU ARE NEXT TO BE HANGED FOR TREASON., motherfucker!

Stanler
Stanler

I believe that is all we've been asking for all along... the federal government to do its job so we don't have to.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

From the story on az central:

"Arpaio says the letter to Kyl is meant to pacify the public, agents won't be in the jails and won't deport all illegal immigrants."

So Joke isn't letting ICE into the jails to do the work he can no longer do?  Will he keep them out with his tank?

malapai
malapai

'-- is one illegal immigrant to commit a serious crime after being released from jail, or for ICE to deport a high-level felon before a trial.'     That will never happen...sarc.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

what have you done to fix it you piece of shit racist asshole?

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Are you fucking stupid? the treasonous asshole that violates the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND OUR LAWS is your hero Sheriff JOKE ArPAYASO, last I checked MISTER Gallardo has never been accused of treason or violating laws. Get your head out of your ass inbreed IMBECILE!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

And that is why Obama's admin has deported more in 3 years than Bush's admin did in 8.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

50 Federal agents will replace the 91 MCSO Deputies that were doing the job before, so if you are concerned with the cost then be concerned of how much the flaccid fool wasted over the years with no accountability.

mitch young
mitch young

Because Maricopa, like the US more generally, is overrun by low education, low skilled, illegal immigrants who are a huge net cost to society.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

we have plenty of legal citizens that do that your point?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol there are so many of those imbeciles here in AZ it's getting sickening!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

anyone that is worried about the cost should know that it's cheaper to use Federal agents then local ones cause the cost is divided by everyone instead of just a few

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

No because Maricopa Country is over run by low education, low skilled bigots and morons, and if ICE didn't double their agents, the trailer parks would go crazy with fear of brown folks!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

well, when Dubya fucked up our economy so bad with all his tax cuts for the rich, like himself, and then suddenly the middle class had no money, what did you expect? The economy to be ok?

Ken Angerstein
Ken Angerstein

Yeah, that's about the time the DEMOCRATS took back Congress and pushed through legislation that President Bush warned could cause a housing crash....

Haslop
Haslop

But shrub isn't the leader anymore. Where is that weird looking monkey that was going do something? Hope, change, that stuff.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

No, the economy tanked starting in about 2006, under GW Shrub!

Vern
Vern

Yes, the deported the same people 3 times.

Hayseed
Hayseed

I was a wonder'n what those damn fools was up to the last 3 years...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol exactly. IF they don't put in 5 times the number we actually need then the white people can be assured that we are deporting all those evil "Messicans" and sending them back to Mex-E-Co

Vern
Vern

You mean yo momma.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Good they we has less and less like you every day....

Stanler
Stanler

If we only had more nigs, then we'd be sooo much better off.

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