Arizona sheriff’s leniency puts everyone at risk
MARCH 01, 2017
From The Jackson Sun:
Penzone’s actions, however, tell a different story, one that shows his disregard for county residents’ well-being. Based on Immigration and Customs Enforcement data and reported by Judicial Watch, during a recent 10-day period, Penzone released more than 400 criminal illegal immigrants from the Maricopa County jail. The illegal aliens have state misdemeanor and felony charges against them that include DUIs and drug violations.
After Penzone announced his new, lax policy during a mid-February press conference, ICE called it an “immediate, dangerous change” that puts dozens of criminals back on the street. ICE’s Phoenix director for enforcement and removal operations, Enrique Lucero, told local media that immigration detainers issued under Arpaio were a successful enforcement tool that reduced the possibility of future crimes against communities.