Arizona sheriff’s officers turn in federal credentials.

A defiant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to the…

A defiant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to the media before holding a ceremony where 92 of his immigration jail officers, who lost their federal power to check whether inmates are in the county illegally, turn in their credentials after federal officials pulled the Sheriff’s office immigration enforcement powers Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in Phoenix. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security stripped Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jail officers of their federal powers after federal authorities accused the sheriff’s office last week of a wide range of civil rights violations. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Dozens of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jail officers lined up at a news conference in Phoenix Wednesday to ceremoniously hand in their federal credentials a week after they were stripped of the ability to verify the immigration status of inmates.

Arpaio spoke at the same news conference, saying he’s going to hold the federal government to its promise to send 50 federal agents to do such screening in his jail. But he predicted there will be illegal immigrants in jail who won’t be deported and will be put back on streets.

“I want to see how many agents are going to be coming to our jail,” the sheriff said. “I want to see how long it will take for 50 agents from across the country to work in our jails.”

The Department of Homeland Security announced Dec. 15 that more than 90 of Arpaio’s Maricopa County jail officers could no longer check whether inmates were in the county illegally.

Source: Associated Press via Fox News.

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  • Carolyn

    Joe Arpaio seems to be the only law enforcement official who cares or is willing to speak out against illegal aliens. What’s the matter with the rest of them?????

  • Carolyn

    A crying shame that the President is more concerned with the rights of illegals than he is with the rights of U. S. Citizens. Eric Holder needs to go & the sooner the better!!!!

  • Andre’ M. Dall’au

    Holder knew or should have known about this ATF program that ran illegally purchased “assault weapons” and other firearms across the border of a neighboring, friendly nation to equip their anti-government criminal insurgency; an act of war. All this for the purpose to find a way to use international laws to circumvent the United States Constitution’s second amendment. Oh, holder needs not only to be removed from his ill-deserved position, but face similar charges that Ollie North faced when the media was all over the Iran-Contra affair. Where is the media outcry over this debacle? Where is the Sixty Minutes segment that points out the inconsistencies in Holder’s story, the new UN treaties we entering into that directly affects the 2nd Amendment and the on-going bloodbath that resulted from this ill-conceived and purely political scheme.

    Remember this was all devised to find a way AROUND respecting the constitution at the expense of Mexican Nationals, Americans both LE and gun owners all over this country.

    Why this does not make EVERY American’s blood boil I do NOT understand.

  • TGugs

    Too bad that the current administrations election politics over border safety & security. Another of many democrat controlled bad policy decisions….Holder should be impeached or fired for the gun walker debacle..

  • Andre’ M. Dall’au

    It is very sad state of affairs when the highest law enforcement officer in the land (Holder) refuses to back another officer to uphold laws that specifically keep Americans safer. It is well known that Hezbollah (Iran backed terrorist group) is using our porous southern (and northern) borders to pre-position terrorists and cells in this country. When VBIEDs start being used in this country it will be far too late to close our borders and start ensuring that EVERY person questioned by a LEO has their background (and nationality) checked. Holder needs to go.