AP PHOENIX – Arizona’s most populous county halted prosecutions on Monday of smuggling suspects and the people they allegedly bring to the United States. The move came after U.S. District Judge Robert Broomfield ruled Friday that a 2005 state law doesn’t allow Sheriff Joe Arpaio or county prosecutors to charge immigrants with conspiracy if they arrange to be smuggled across the border. Broomfield said the policy criminalizes actions that federal law treats as a civil matter. AP
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