Federal Court in Arizona Permanently Bars Maricopa County from Arresting and Charging Immigrants with "Conspiracy to Transport Themselves"

"On September 27, 2013, a federal court in Arizona issued a permanent injunction stating "Defendants Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney William G. Montgomery, and their agents, employees, successors in office, and all other persons who are in active concert...

Judge: Maricopa County Can't Prosecute Migrants For Smuggling Themselves

"A federal district judge has ruled that one of Maricopa County's most controversial enforcement policies impacting undocumented immigrants must end. On Friday, Judge Robert Broomfield ruled the county of Sheriff Joe Arpaio must immediately stop its policy of prosecuting unauthorized migrants...

Maricopa County Ends 'Self-Smuggling' Prosecutions, Settles Lawsuit

"Maricopa County will pay $675,000 to settle a lawsuit over a controversial policy of prosecuting [unauthorized] immigrants for conspiracy to smuggle themselves into the country. The practice was instituted by Andrew Thomas when he was county attorney and was found to be unconstitutional last year...