The Obama administration suspends immigration agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
This seems to directly violate the recent split decision Supreme Court ruling that commands police to check all arrestees’ immigration status with the federal government before they are released.
Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get from Arizona police — but that won’t change President Obama’s decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport.
“We will not be issuing detainers on individuals unless they clearly meet our defined priorities,” one official said in a telephone briefing.
Maricopa County Sheriff , Joe Arpaio, reacting to news that Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Arizona police and will not enforce certain parts of the law, told Neil Cavuto, Host of “Your World”,
But I’m concerned about whether the federal government will pick up the illegal aliens that law enforcement and my office come in contact with. In fact, I predicted this morning they won’t, and I just hear that the Homeland Security said they’re not going to pick up illegal aliens that the law enforcement comes in contact with on traffic stops.
Also, they took away all the 287-G from all law enforcement. Of course, they took away mine the day they announced that I was under investigation. So, there seems to be a war on Arizona over this illegal immigration problem.
Arpaio has long been under fire by the administration because he is so outspoken and has a reputation as “America’s toughest sheriff”.
He is not likely to back down any time soon so expect to see more lawsuits filed by both sides.