Phoenix march protests immigration policy

PHOENIX, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- About 10,000 people marched through Phoenix in a peaceful protest Saturday against Sheriff Joe Arpaio's efforts to sweep up illegal immigrants.

U.S. investigates Ariz. Sheriff Arpaio

PHOENIX, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in Arizona is looking into allegations the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio abused power, county officials said.

Text messages alert on crime sweeps

PHOENIX, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A civil rights activist says she is fighting back against controversial crime sweeps aimed at illegal immigrants in Arizona, using text messaging as a weapon.

Lawsuits won't stop jail Christmas tunes

PHOENIX, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Authorities in Arizona's Maricopa County said lawsuits filed to prevent Christmas music from being played in jails will not stop the tradition this year.

Arizona sheriff out of immigration force

PHOENIX, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A controversial Arizona sheriff's department can no longer enforce federal immigration laws on the streets, U.S. officials have decided.

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Singing protesters rile sheriff

TEMPE, Ariz., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Controversial Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio stopped talking and left when protesters at Arizona State University began singing a protest song.

Sheriff to choose how to nab illegals

PHOENIX, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Maricopa County, Ariz., law enforcement must choose between two federal policies to pursue illegal aliens, officials indicated Wednesday.

Latinos outnumber whites in Phoenix jails

PHOENIX, July 7 (UPI) -- Hispanic inmates now outnumber whites in county jails in the Phoenix area, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reports.

Focus unclear in alleged sheriff probe

PHOENIX, June 21 (UPI) -- There is no clear indication of where a federal investigation of a controversial Arizona sheriff is heading, The Arizona Republic reported Sunday.

Ariz. sheriff: Federal probe 'unethical'

PHOENIX, June 2 (UPI) -- A high-profile Arizona sheriff has accused the U.S. Justice Department of a "political" investigation into the way he handles the cases of illegal immigrants.

Less serious crimes spur immigration holds

PHOENIX, March 30 (UPI) -- Most illegal immigrants held in one Arizona county were picked up for run-of-the-mill offenses, a government report said.

Arpaio investigated for rights violations

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a controversial Arizona sheriff for alleged civil rights violations, officials said.

Reps. call for probe of Ariz. sheriff

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Four members of Congress Friday called on the Justice Department to look into charges of misconduct by an Arizona county sheriff known for 'get-tough' policies.

Arizona sheriff pulling town's protection

GUADALUPE, Ariz., April 19 (UPI) -- The Arizona town of Guadalupe is going from intense attention from the Maricopa County sheriff's office to no attention at all, officials say.
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Joe Arpaio

Joseph M. "Joe" Arpaio (born June 14, 1932) is the elected Sheriff of Maricopa County in the U.S. state of Arizona. First voted into office in 1992, Arpaio is responsible for law enforcement in Maricopa County. This includes management of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, county jail, courtroom security, prisoner transport, service of warrants, and service of process. Arpaio promotes himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff." He is well known for his outspoken stance against illegal immigration. Arpaio has become a flashpoint for controversy surrounding Arizona's SB1070 anti-illegal immigration act.

Arpaio was once widely popular among voters in Arizona. However, his popularity has waned since 2007, but remains positive among registered Republicans.

Arpaio was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Italian parents both from Avellino, Italy.. Arpaio's mother died while giving birth to him, and Arpaio was raised by his father, a grocery store owner. Arpaio completed high school and worked in his father's business until age 18 when he enlisted in the United States Army. Arpaio served in the Army from 1950 to 1954 in the Medical Detachment Division and was stationed in France for part of the time as a military policeman.

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