C’mon In: DHS to Ignore Arizona Immigration Detention Requests; Suspends Federal Enforcement of ImmigrationLaws
June 25th, 2012
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TheÂ Obama administrationÂ said Monday it is suspending existing agreements withÂ Arizona policeÂ 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 theÂ Homeland Security DepartmentÂ may get fromÂ Arizona police.
Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get fromÂ Arizona policeÂ â but that wonât change President Obamaâs decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport.
âWe will not be issuing detainers on individuals unless they clearly meet our defined priorities,â one official said in a telephone briefing.
The official said that despite the increased number of calls, which presumably means more illegal immigrants being reported, theÂ Homeland Security DepartmentÂ is unlikely to detain a significantly higher number of people and wonât be boosting personnel to handle the new calls.
âWe do not plan on putting additional staff on the ground in Arizona,â the official said.
TheÂ Supreme CourtÂ ruled Monday that Arizona may not impose its own penalties for immigration violations, but it said state and local police could check the legal status of those they have reasonable suspicion to believe are in the country illegally.
That means police statewide can immediately begin calling to check immigration status â but federal officials are likely to reject most of those calls.
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