Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is letting go of his last foothold into immigration law enforcement. Arpaio, among other things, is known for arresting hundreds of immigrants in the country illegally on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities.
Now, he is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases. Since 2008, his Criminal Employment squad has raided 83 businesses, leading to more than 700 immigrants being charged with using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs. The raids have been criticized as focusing too heavily on the workers instead of employers.
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