Arizona Sheriff Says He Won’t Enforce New Immigration Law

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik calls Senate Bill 1070 a "stupid law" that will force officers to start profiling


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PHOENIX -- An Arizona sheriff is the latest person to speak out about the state's new immigration legislation, saying he does not plan to enforce the divisive law.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik calls Senate Bill 1070 a "stupid law" that will force officers to start profiling. He is one of the first local law enforcement officials to rebel against the law.

"We don't need to enforce it. It would be irresponsible in my opinion to put people in the Pima County Jail at the taxpayers expense when i can give them to the Border Patrol," Dupnik said.

The Sheriff admits he could get sued for failing to obey the law, but says that's a risk he's willing to take.The controversial bill was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer last Friday.

Since last week, local and national figures have spoken out about SB 1070, which requires police to question people about their immigration status -- including asking for identification -- if they suspect someone is in the country illegally.

The law also toughens restrictions on hiring illegal immigrants for day labor and knowingly transporting them.
From pimasheriff.org
7th largest county in the United States,
It borders Mexico