Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio oversees law enforcement practices and jails in Maricopa County (AZ) that are plagued by disturbing and unconstitutional mistreatment of citizens and immigrants alike. Under Sheriff Joe, who calls himself the world’s toughest sheriff, officials have instituted a pattern of targeting and harassing Latino drivers and passengers, denied women prisoners access to health care and perpetuated violence and unsafe conditions in the jails that threaten prisoners’ lives.

What Does Sheriff Arpaio Have To Do with Immigration Reform?

What Does Sheriff Arpaio Have To Do with Immigration Reform?

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 1:11pm
Last month, a U.S. District Court in Phoenix issued a 142-page decision against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in Ortega Melendres v. Arpaio.  After  a three-week trial, the court found that MCSO had an unconstitutional policy of targeting Latinos for traffic stops and of detaining Latinos based on nothing more than a suspicion of being undocumented immigrants.  The court noted that MCSO admitted to using “Hispanic appearance” to determine who was suspected of immigration violations and that Sheriff Arpaio had acted upon racially biased constituent letters in deciding where to conduct “saturation patrols.” During these "saturation patrols," (known to residents as immigration sweeps) over 70% of people arrested were Latino – in a county where Latinos make up only a third of the total population.  As the federal court pointed out, the policy of racial profiling and illegal detentions arose from the Sheriff's single-minded focus on arresting undocumented immigrants regardless of the cost for everyone's civil rights and public safety. 
All Eyes on Arpaio

All Eyes on Arpaio

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 9:58am

A federal judge in Arizona has delivered a major – and hopefully final – victory in the fight to stop Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) from racial profiling and illegal detentions that target Latinos.

In…

"Joe's Law" Gets the Boot: A Lawyer for the Plaintiffs Explains

"Joe's Law" Gets the Boot: A Lawyer for the Plaintiffs Explains

By Andre Segura, Immigrants' Rights Project at 10:13am

Plaintiffs have established that the MCSO had sufficient intent to discriminate against Latino occupants of motor vehicles. Further, the Court concludes that the MCSO had and continues to have a facially discriminatory policy of considering…

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