Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio Victim Katherine Figueroa: Her Parents Face Deportation July 17

When the deputies of serial racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio raided Phoenix's Lindstrom Family Auto Wash in 2009, on the hunt for undocumented car-cleaners, they did so with the full authority of the federal government.

It was June of that year, and Arpaio still had his force of 160 officers trained (badly, it turns out) by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under ICE's 287(g) program.

A few months later, ICE jerked Joe's 287(g) street authority, but Arpaio being Arpaio, he continued his immigration sweeps and worksite raids, vowing that nothing would change.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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