Arpaio Calling Out Posse to Help with Illegals
PHOENIX -- Citing the arrests of 35 illegal aliens this week for allegedly being involved in human smuggling, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Wednesday he will soon implement his plan for a volunteer armed posse to help with enforcement of illegal immigration and human smuggling laws.
The sheriff said the posse members will be outfitted with appropriate hardware and gear.
Arpaio's announcement came as he reported his deputies arrested 23 illegal aliens who were being smuggled through Maricopa County on Tuesday night, bringing the week's total to 35.
Tuesday night's arrests were the result of two traffic stops in the north Valley involving two separate vehicles, the sehriff said. One vehicle contained 13 occupants and the other 12. Two suspects fled on foot into the desert.
"Even though the media hype surrounding SB1070 has worn off for now, illegal aliens continue to sneak into the United States through Maricopa County and my deputies continue to pursue them as they have for the past three years," Arpaio said.
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