PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says 22 people were arrested in a crime and immigration sweep conducted the same day Arizona's new immigration law took effect, and that three of them are illegal immigrants.
Everyone arrested was stopped for traffic violations. Arpaio says three of them were found to be illegal immigrants after they couldn't produce driver's licenses or other identification.
The arrests came after about 180 deputies and trained sheriff's volunteers fanned out across metropolitan Phoenix on Thursday targeting traffic violators who may also be illegal immigrants. The sweep continued Friday afternoon.
It was the 17th such sweep conducted by the office. All the sweeps have netted about 1,000 total arrests, and the sheriff's office says about 60 percent of those were illegal immigrants.
Arizona's new immigration law went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday; a judge put the most controversial elements of it on hold, but allowed other portions to take effect.