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Controversial Arizona Sheriff Stripped of Authority to Conduct Immigration Screening
Controversial Arizona Sheriff Stripped of Authority to Conduct Immigration Screening

Advocates for fair and reasonable treatment of immigrants had cause to celebrate last month in Arizona. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been a controversial figure in the national immigration debate for some time, but his office received a blow from the federal ...

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