Patt Morrison for July 20, 2010

Countdown to Arizona's SB 1070: “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio lays down the law on immigration

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He's been dubbed "America's toughest sheriff"

As the July 29th enactment of Arizona’s SB 1070 nears, numerous states are making headway on their own immigration laws, even with the impending legal battle between the federal government and the Grand Canyon state. While Arizona’s law is in the hot seat, infamous Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio aims to house all arrested illegal immigrants in “Tent Cities,” which were set up in the desert to hold over 1,000 prisoners. Arpaio’s controversial tactics, which include parading prisoners in pink underwear, may permeate over into the county’s handling of illegal immigrants, as the sheriff vows to continue following state immigration laws. He has already launched the county’s 16th crime and immigration sweep, targeting drug and immigrant smugglers. But what does this mean for the bigger task of national immigration reform, the federal lawsuit against Arizona and how other states are taking after Arpaio and his state’s actions? We continue the conversation on immigration, as Sheriff Arpaio talks with Patt and takes your questions or comments.


Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ; known for his controversial policing tactics; dubbed “America’s Toughest Sheriff”

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