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Associated Press – July 31, 2010 2:54 PM ET

“PHOENIX (AP) – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 36 people in a crime and immigration sweep, and six are suspected to be illegal immigrants.

Everyone arrested was stopped for traffic violations. The six suspected illegal immigrants were arrested on charges of failure to provide identification and eventually will be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be deported.

The arrests came after about 180 deputies and trained sheriff’s volunteers fanned out across metropolitan Phoenix on Thursday and Friday targeting traffic violators who may also be illegal immigrants.”

This is so fucking bullshit.  A fucking police force fanning across a metropolitan street, seemingly breaking some of the restrictions put on the SB 1070 by a federal judge.  People without identification getting sent to ICE to be deported?  Something better be done, fast.  I’m sure this will make national news.  Wow.  Please share your comments if you can, and feel free to subscribe to my RSS feed or by e-mail.

On Further Research:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7920386/Arizona-defiant-over-immigration-law.html

Mr Pearce last week pledged to take his battle against undocumented foreigners from the predominantly Hispanic barrios of western Phoenix to the marble steps of the United States Supreme Court, after a federal judge blocked the law’s strictest provisions.

“We are circling the wagons against the illegal immigrants who are responsible for a crime wave in our state and stealing our jobs,” he declared defiantly in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph. Adding a lawman’s metaphor to his cowboy comparisons, he added: “The handcuffs are coming out.”

And Mr Pearce escalated the explosive debate by calling for children born in the US to be denied citizenship if their parents are there illegally. That attack on “birthright” citizenship would require a change to the constitution, but has growing support among conservatives.

The judge’s partial injunction suspended a requirement on police to check individuals’ immigration status during routine stops if they were suspected of being in the US illegally – and Jan Brewer, Arizona’s Republican governor, filed an immediate appeal against it.

So it really looks like the Arizona police forces are doing what they were prohibited from doing.  What a shame… I expected better from a state government.

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