No Sanctuary In Arizona
Unlike Sanctuary Cities that are popping up across the country, Pinal County’s Sheriff Department is actually working with federal agents to locate, identify, and deport immigrants who enter their state illegally. They also detain suspects and call in ICE for quick pick-ups.
According to a local Sheriff, “Illegal immigration almost always goes hand-in-hand with drug trafficking and with human trafficking.” With this mindset, the law in Arizona wants to lower their crime rates to protect American citizens.
Booked, Detail, And Deported
William La Jeunesse reports:
“Sanctuary Cities give ICE zero cooperation. Some may turn over some convicted felons, but not others. Pinal County takes an entirely different approach. On patrol and in the jail, this is not a Sanctuary City. The size of Connecticut, Pinal County is not on the border, but close enough that it influences its crime rate.”
“Unlike those Sanctuary Cities, it is not illegal in Arizona to ask a suspect’s immigration status or birthplace. Once booked, jail officials here are trained as ICE agents to determine legal status.”
Pinal County Working Like This For Decades
According to the Phoenix New Times:
“The contract between ICE and Pinal County started in the mid-2000’s — before Babeu’s time as sheriff — when county leaders approved a plan to expand the jail, and housing these immigrant detainees to pay for it. The contract allowed for the county to house more than 600 detainees at a time. The problem was, the per-inmate rate negotiated ended up a losing deal for the county.
“County spokesman Joe Pyritz tells us the deal has cost the county $2 to $3 million a year. County Manager Greg Stanley has likened it to Pinal County taxpayers subsidizing federal detention costs. Meanwhile, the jail became the subject of protests and scrutiny from civil-rights groups. ICE has certain standards for such detention of detainees who are fighting civil immigration cases — they’re not supposed to be as harsh as conditions can be for criminal inmates.”