Through his attorney Robert Driscoll, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gives Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano a bit of information regarding the DHS threat to terminate the 287 (g) program. The letter is available here.
The MCSO’s recent three-day long operation netted 74 arrests including 10 admitted illegal aliens who the Sheriff said should have been arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for immigration violations. Instead, federal officials forced the Sheriff’s Office to release the arrestees back onto the streets and refused custody of the 10 illegal aliens arrested by deputies.
ICE’s refusal to accept custody of these illegal immigrants was in blatant violation of the existing 287G agreement that Sheriff Arpaio and his deputies have operated under since 2007, Arpaio said in his press release.
The Sheriff’s entire press release can be read here.