Within the last two hours, I have been notified the Obama administration has revoked the 287(g) agreement," which allows Arizona police to partner with the federal government in enforcing immigration law.
It's no coincidence, Brewer said, noting that while 68 law enforcement bodies in 24 states have 287(g) agreements with the federal government, the only agreement eliminated on Monday was the one with Arizona -- "the state that happens to be on the front lines of America's fight against illegal immigration," she said.
"We are on our own, apparently," Brewer said in the statement posted on her website.
“I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised," she continued. "The Obama administration has fought the people of Arizona at every turn -- downplaying the threat that a porous border poses to our citizens, filing suit in order to block our State from protecting itself, unilaterally granting immunity to tens of thousands of illegal aliens living in our midst, and now this. Still, the disarmament of Arizona’s 287(g) agreements is a new low, even for this administration."
According to the Associated Press, if federal agents decline to pick up illegal aliens, there is no way for Arizona to force federal authorities to detain them. Local police will have to let them go unless they're suspected of committing a crime (other than being in the country illegally) that would require them to be arrested and jailed, Peter Spiro, a Temple University law professor who specializes in immigration law, told the Associated Press.