An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Congress and the courts.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office revealed late Wednesday that it was agreeing to disband a squad that has raided businesses to arrest more than 700 immigrants who were charged with using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs.
"He has proved that when he gets involved in immigration enforcement, he tramples on the U.S. Constitution," said Cecillia Wang, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer.
The move comes after the sheriff's office was stripped of federal immigration powers, found to have racially profiled Latinos in traffic stops, and was investigated by federal authorities for alleged civil rights violations. - AP
A museum employee thwarted a man's attempt Tuesday to grab a 2-year-old girl and leave the building, police said Thursday. The girl was at the Maine State Museum in Augusta with her grandmother, who had turned her back to hang up coats. Police said receptionist Sharon Wise, a retired teacher, saw the man grab the girl and intervened, causing him to release the child. Police arrested James Cavallaro, 58, in the museum's parking lot. - AP
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