The move means that even if local police step up immigration checks, they'll have to rely on federal officials to make the arrests.
But federal officials made clear that ICE would be selective in responding to the expected increase in calls from Arizona and other police agencies about immigration status. Officials said ICE will not respond to the scene unless the person in question meets certain criteria -- such as being wanted for a felony.
Even as Brewer sounded an optimistic note Monday, all these factors led some GOP officials to question the future of state-led efforts to tackle illegal immigration.
"We've lost the ability for states to take problems that they themselves are facing and do something about it," said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who represents one of several states that implemented their own Arizona-style law.
According to the newspaper report, ATF agents also befriended
mentally disabled people to spread the word about the gun buyback
programs and manipulate them to help during stings.
"In Wichita, Kan., ATF agents referred to a man with a low IQ as
'slow-headed' before deciding to secretly use him as a key cog in their
sting," the paper reported. "Agents in Albuquerque, N.M., gave a
brain-damaged drug addict with little knowledge of weapons a 'tutorial'
on machine guns, hoping he could find them one." Other questionable
activity was reported in Atlanta, Ga.
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