DHS Cuts Off Sheriff Joe Arpaio

In the wake of a damning Department of Justice report accusing Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio of rampant civil rights violations, the Department of Homeland Security announced it is cutting ties with the man known as “America’s toughest sheriff.” Saying they were “troubled” by the report’s findings, DHS announced it “will not be a party to such practices.” Effective immediately, the department is terminating it’s 287(g) agreement with the sheriff and and is restricting his department’s access to the Secure Communities program. While it’s unclear if the decision will have any immediate effect on Arpaio’s activities, as the sheriff has been operating somewhat extra-legally for sometime now, it’s a major symbolic statement that the national immigration enforcement agency is refusing to sanction Arpaio’s office.