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Sign the Petition: Kick Arpaio Out of the 287-g Program

by Jacquelyn Mahendra on 07/16/2009 at 4:07pm

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Last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced big changes to the government program that turns local cops into immigration agents (the “287g” program). The changes are a start, but they haven’t stopped Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s dangerous and racist antics in Maricopa County, Arizona. 

Last Spring 40,000 Americans like you spoke out against the Sheriff’s tactics. The House Judiciary Committee called for strict review, and the Department of Justice announced it would carry out a federal investigation!

Many of our readers joined with human and civil rights advocates across the country to get Arpaio investigated, but now he is refusing to cooperate with the feds.

Wonk Room blogger Andrea Nill reports, in “Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Refuses To Cooperate With DOJ:”

When the Department of Justice (DOJ) began investigating Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) following racial-profiling allegations, Arpaio said “bring it on.” Now, four months later, he has announced that he will no longer cooperate with DOJ officials.

Enough is enough. Tell Secretary Napolitano to stop letting Sheriff Arpaio operate outside the law. Ask her to kick him out of the 287-g program, which allows Arpaio’s deputies to become local immigration agents.

Sign the petition, now, and please forward it to your friends!

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