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Arpaio's immigration patrols face another setback

Judge overseeing racial profiling lawsuit deals setback to Ariz. sheriff's immigration patrols By The Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) ' A judge dealt another setback to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration enforcement efforts by barring sheriff's deputies from detaining people based solely on a belief that they're in the country illegally.

The ruling issued Friday sets the stage for a possible trial in the lawsuit that alleges racial profiling in Arpaio's immigration patrols.

The U.S. Justice Department issued a report last week alleging a wide range of civil rights violation against Arpaio's office.

The sheriff also has lost all of his federal immigration powers and now carries out his patrols under state laws.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow hasn't yet made a ruling on the ultimate question of racial profiling, but notes the case's evidence could lead a judge or jury to conclude that Arpaio's office racially profiles Latinos.

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