Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has issued this news release in response to the Department of Justice and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) allegations regarding their investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
County Attorney Montgomeryexpressed deep concern about the decision by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to terminate MCSO’s 287(g) program, restrict the agency’s access to Secure Communities technology and withdraw immigration detainees from facilities operated by MCSO. In a letter sent to ICE Director John Morton, Montgomery called on the agency to rescind these restrictions, warning they would severely undermine the ability of law enforcement in Maricopa County to hold undocumented criminal suspects without bond as required by Arizona’s Constitution and statutes.
“These actions are likely to endanger the public, violate international treaty obligations, and may result in constitutional violations,”Montgomery wrote. “As a direct consequence, serious criminals who should not be admitted to bail under Arizona’s constitution may return to the communities where they committed crimes, flee the jurisdiction, and/or leave the country to avoid prosecution thereby frustrating the due administration of justice and violating a crime victim’s right to justice and due process,” Montgomery added.
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