Arpaio pushes back against fedsby Associated Press (July 31st, 2009 @ 11:37am) PHOENIX - The Homeland Security Department wants Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., to stop arresting illegal immigrants who haven't committed crimes besides crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
The thing is, Arpaio doesn't much care. He says he's not going to bend to the federal government.
The Homeland Security Department has reworked the federal program that has allowed Arpaio's deputies to make federal immigration arrests since February 2007.
It's not yet known whether Arpaio will sign the new deal. If he doesn't, his ability to crack down on illegal immigration will be limited.
Eleven agencies in the country have signed the new so-called 287(g) agreement. Sixty-six operating under the old program - including Arpaio's - were given 90 days starting July 10 to decide whether they want to sign it.
What part of illegal is not clear to the government? why do we bother having laws if they are not enforced? can we choose which laws we want to ignore?