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Sheriff Arpaio reacts to DOJ report

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio addressed reporters Thursday afternoon in the wake of a Department of Justice report that found that his office carried out a blatant pattern of discrimination against Latinos.

Here is what he had to say:

I want to say something to the citizens of Arizona and the rest of the nation.  On the surface, it may appear that today's finding and actions by our federal government are directed toward the sheriff and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.  The truth is, this is a sad day for America as a whole.  Today, the federal government moved to do everything it can to put this agency out of the illegal immigration enforcement business.

We are proud of our work we have done to fight illegal immigration.  We have been responsible for finding and identifying 25 percent of the nation's illegal alien criminal offenders in our jail.  Sadly, much of that work will no longer be permitted by the Obama administration.

Today, the federal government has canceled our 287(g) agreement.  What that means we are no longer able to identify the immigration status of any criminal brought into our jails.  This is a program responsible for detecting  over 44,000 illegal alien criminal offenders since 2007, many of whom we can assume were deported by ICE officials back to their country of origin.

Now, with the cancellation of this agreement, illegal criminal offenders arrested and brought into our jails will go undetected and ultimately dumped back into on a street near you.  For that, you can thank your federal government.

By their actions today, President Obama and a band of his merry men might as well erect their own pink neon sign at the Arizona/Mexico border saying, 'Welcome all illegals to your United States.  Our home is your home."

I'm a little concerned about this second shot at the state of Arizona and my office over this illegal immigration problem that is facing our country today.

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