PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has stripped at least five Arizona police agencies of their special powers to make federal immigration arrests.
The decision came Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of Arizona's immigration law but upheld a requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question people's immigration status if they're believed to be in the country illegally.
Agreements that gave local police the power to make federal immigration arrests were rescinded for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Mesa and Phoenix police departments and the Yavapai and Pima county sheriff's offices.
It was unclear whether two other Arizona police agencies with similar agreements had their federal powers stripped away.
The federal government says the agreements are no longer productive.
Associated Press writer Mark Sherman in Washington; Terry Tang and Felicia Fonseca in Phoenix; and John Hanna in Topeka, Kan., contributed to this report.