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Sheriff Arpaio expresses outrage over changes made by DOJ

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The fallout continues from the Department of Justice's investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday 92 detention officers walked up and slapped their federal Immigration Enforcement badges on the table at a news conference held by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio expressed his outrage that his officers are being stripped of their 287-G status, the ability to check whether or not any inmate in the jail was here legally or not.

The changes come in response to findings by the Department of Justice that his deputies allegedly discriminate against minorities, mainly Latinos.

Now checking immigration status in Maricopa County jails will be done solely by federal ICE agents.

Of the 50 agents who are supposed to be coming to the jail, Arpaio said so far he's only seen one.

"I'm going to keep tab and see what year or century those 50 agents, how long it'll take to replace our dedicated officers," Arpaio said at Wednesday's news conference.

Arpaio said regardless of the loss of responsibility, he'll keep enforcing the state immigration laws.

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