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Updated Jun 15, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Babeu: President's immigration plan is 'shocking'

PHOENIX -- Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said he's shocked by the Obama administration move to stop deporting some younger illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children.

"Now we have Obama, Holder and Napolitano that think they can just unilaterally wave their hand and change the law and policy," said Babeu, referring to the president, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Babeu said the move is nothing more than the president trying to draw in the Hispanic vote for his re-election run.

"It's driven by politics. Looking for Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Swing states vital to his re-election."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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