Prosecutors have started dismissing identity-theft cases after a judge’s preliminary injunction that bars Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, and other officials from enforcing state laws that make it a felony to use a stolen identity to obtain employment.
But legal hurdles remain for the hundreds of immigrants arrested under the contested laws, with many facing additional charges or dealing with the ramifications of being an undocumented immigrant with a felony.
Workplace raids had become the backbone of Arpaio’s immigration-enforcement platform as courts have gradually stripped the office of other devices that critics say targeted undocumented immigrants.
Carlos Garcia, director of Puente Arizona, one of the plaintiffs in the case, said he hopes the injunction is the beginning of the end for the ID-theft laws.
“The work continues to protect and work with the people who are really being affected by the raids,” he said, “both to ensure that the records are expunged, and to ensure that they’re eligible for any immigration relief that they be able to qualify for.”
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