Sheriff Joe Arpaio Changes Workplace Raid Tactics

02/03/2014 08:00 am ET
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Workplace raids by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have slowed in the past year, a shift that human-rights advocates hope is a result of increased national scrutiny of the agency’s immigration-enforcement techniques.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, however, maintains that any perceived changes in workplace investigations — which recently resulted in the first set of criminal charges against a business owner — are coincidental, and he said he vows to continue enforcing state laws.

By the end of 2013, Arpaio’s Criminal Employment Squad had conducted 75 workplace investigations since it began in 2008, but just six raids took place last year after the agency averaged nearly 14 work-site raids in each of the previous five years.

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