Maricopa County board delays Arpaio immigration enforcement funding
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted to postpone the acceptance of $1.6 million from the state to help pay for illegal immigration enforcement by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The Republican-majority board until now has consistently supported Arpaio and generally agreed philosophically with his viewpoint on illegal immigration.
Observers said the decision could signal that the board is concerned by federal inquires into Arpaio's practices and is another example of the toxic political environment between county government and the sheriff.
There may be various reasons for the delay, which will be re-considered in 30 days. One of those voting for the delay was, of course, Mary Rose Wilcox.