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Ariz. prosecutor wants immigration checks restored

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PHOENIX (AP) — The top prosecutor in Arizona's Maricopa County says the federal government's decision to stop the local sheriff from checking inmates' immigration status will allow criminals to be released into the community.

Bill Montgomery asked President Barack Obama on Friday to order the Homeland Security department to immediately restore access to federal systems revoked Thursday.

The administration action came after the Department of Justice determined that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office participated in a "systemic disregard" for the Constitutional rights of Latinos while targeting illegal immigrants.

Montgomery says the federal government's actions will prevent his office from enforcing an Arizona law denying bail to illegal immigrants charged with serious felonies.

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