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Updated Jun 25, 2012 - 4:46 pm

Feds to cut off many immigration-related calls from Arizona law enforcement

In wake of the Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070, the Department of Homeland Security announced that federal authorities will decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the department may get from Arizona law enforcement.

Task force agreements 287(g) have been suspended between the government and Arizona Department of Public Safety, City of Mesa Police Department, Florence Police Department, Pima County Sheriff's Office, Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and Phoenix Police Department.

The agreements granted some local law authorities to enforce immigration laws.

Immigration Customs and Enforcements said that 287(g) Task Force agreements aren't helpful in "states that have adopted immigration enforcement laws like SB1070."

Homeland Security said it would continue to "telephonically comply with its legal requirement to verify an individual's immigration status upon request."

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was disappointed but not surprised by the announcement.

Brewer released a statement saying, "President Obama once again abandons citizens of Arizona."

"As though we needed any more evidence, President Obama has demonstrated anew his utter disregard for the safety and security of the Arizona people. Within the last two hours, I have been notified the Obama administration has revoked the 287(g) agreement under the authority of which Arizona law enforcement officers have partnered with the federal government in the enforcement of immigration law.

"I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. The Obama administration has fought the people of Arizona at every turn - downplaying the threat that a porous border poses to our citizens, filing suit in order to block our State from protecting itself, unilaterally granting immunity to tens of thousands of illegal aliens living in our midst, and now this."


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