Following President Obama‘s change in immigration policy, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was unapologetic in assertion that he would continue to enforce Arizona’s state laws regarding illegal immigration. He wasn’t kidding around. On the same day of the announcement, Arpaio arrested a six-year-old girl for coming to this country illegally.
According to The Arizona Republic, the girl “was with 15 other people believed to be in the country illegally who were traveling to the Midwest and northeast United States, said Chris Hegstrom, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.”
Via the Republic:
“She’s been turned over to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to try to determine where she’s from. She told us she’s from El Salvador. That’s what she told us,” he said.
The arrest took place Friday night at an undisclosed location in northern Maricopa County.
“It was part of a human-smuggling investigation that we’ve been investigating throughout the Valley,” Hegstrom said.
Authorities said the suspects “paid between $300 and $3,500 to be illegally smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico.” Arpaio ordered majority of the violators to be booked into his jail, rather than turned over to the federal government.
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