PHOENIX - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says a federal agency refused to pick up two illegal immigrants detained by his officers. The sheriff says it's the first time in recent years Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has refused such a request.
Arpaio is questioning the cooperation state and local authorities will get from federal agents when they're called upon to verify people's immigration status.
The "Show Me Your Papers" provision of Arizona's Immigration Law was given the green light this week by a federal judge. Federal officials say they'll help, but only when doing so satisfies their priorities ... like identifying people who threaten public safety.
The two immigrants didn't have criminal histories, so ICE told Arpaio's office to call Border Patrol, who took the two immigrants into custody.