Is a hard-line sheriff crossing the line when it comes to immigration enforcement?
One of the most controversial figures in the illegal immigration debate is Joe Arpaio, the longtime sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, whose aggressive hard line on local crime has received national attention.
But has Sheriff Arpaio, who's made the most of federally-granted authority to enforce immigration laws, crossed the line when it comes to serving and protecting his community? Some critics have accused him of racial profiling.
This week, our colleagues at "Exposé" and local reporters from the East Valley Tribune reveal what Sheriff Arpaio was—and wasn't—doing in the name of law enforcement.
In a special bonus interview, NOW Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa sits down with Joe Arpaio for an intense discussion about the issues and criticism swirling around him. Watch more of that interview with Sheriff Arpaio.
Also, see how two New Jersey mayors deal with undocumented immigrants in their communities using sharply different—and politically surprising—approaches in NOW: "Immigration on Main Street".
Associated Press: Obama says immigration overhaul still needed
East Valley Tribune: Reasonable Doubt, a five part investigation into Sheriff Joe Arpaio's illegal immigration enforcement efforts.
The Goldwater Institute: Mission Unaccomplished (pdf): The Misplaced Priorities of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
NPR: Napolitano Outlines Immigration Priorities
New York Times: Traumatizing Children, to Keep Us 'Safe', amateur video from a January 2009 immigrant-suppression sweep by Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Ariz.