Arizona Sheriff Won't Enforce 'Stupid' Immigration Law

'We're not stopping people for the Border Patrol'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2010 7:00 AM CDT
County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has criticized Arizona's new immigration law as "racist and stupid."   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

(Newser) – The top cop in Arizona's Pima County has no intention of enforcing the state's new "stupid, racist and disgusting" immigration law. "We're going to keep doing what we've been doing all along," said Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. "We're not going to stop and detain these people for the Border Patrol." He realizes his approach could land him in court, he tells Arizona's KGUN 9 News. But he says the racial profiling that would be required to enforce the new immigration law could also trigger lawsuits against him and his men.

"We're in a damned if we do, damned if we don't situation," he noted. "It's just a stupid law." State Sen. Russell Pearce, a sponsor of the controversial new law, called Dupnik's remarks "the stupidest statement someone who takes an oath to enforce the law has ever made."

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