Skip to comments.UPDATE 1-Arizona deputy says risked life for illegal immigrant
Posted on 07/26/2012 7:12:30 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
PHOENIX, July 26 (Reuters) - A deputy from a controversial Arizona sheriff's office countered a ccusations of racial profiling on Thursday, telling a court that he had risked his life to rescue a Latino illegal immigrant from armed kidnappers.
Carlos Rangel told a civil trial alleging Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that, at the behest of federal immigration police, he went undercover to play the role of the immigrant's relative to meet kidnappers, one of whom pointed a gun at him.
The kidnappers were arrested and the immigrant was released.
Asked by defense lawyer Tom Liddy, Rangel if he was an "anti-Hispanic bigot", Rangel answered: "No. I am not."
Arpaio, who styles himself "America's toughest sheriff," and his office are defendants in a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix that will test whether police can target illegal immigrants without racially profiling Hispanic citizens and legal residents.
The 80-year-old lawman testified this week he was against racial profiling and denied his office arrested people because of the color of their skin.
The sheriff, who is seeking re-election to a sixth term in November, has been a lightning rod for controversy over his aggressive enforcement of immigration laws in the state, which borders Mexico, as well as his investigation into the validity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate.
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"The boys were minors ... I thought it was unreasonable to ask them for IDs ... they hadn't done anything wrong," she said.
HIDALGO An Edinburg woman tried to smuggle a young boy into the country illegally, federal au-thorities said Tuesday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers sent the 32-year-old woman and a boy under the age of 2 to secondary inspection at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on Saturday, according to a news re-lease from CBP.
The woman, who drove a red 2008 Nissan Altima, told officers the boy was her son, officials said. She presented a U.S. passport card for herself and a Texas birth certificate for the boy.
During secondary inspection, however, officers determined the child was not related to the woman but was a Mexican national without documents to enter the U.S., officers said.
This why he asked for ID, because of cases like the above.