PHOENIX (AP) — County officials in Arizona have approved an agreement that would let 60 county jail officers continue to check on the immigration status of jail inmates.
Wednesday's 3-2 vote by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors moves Sheriff Joe Arpaio a step closer to renewing a deal that grants special federal immigration powers to jail officers.
The deal has been signed by Arpaio and is awaiting a signature from an official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which grants the federal powers.
The sheriff complained that ICE cut his federal powers in half when it wouldn't renew a deal that lets 100 deputies make federal immigration arrests.
Critics say Arpaio's immigration efforts were fraught with racial profiling; the sheriff denies that charge.