Federal judge to decide if workplace raids are illegal

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was the center of another court hearing on Thursday.
This hearing was held to decide whether the Sheriff's workplace raids targeting undocumented immigrants are illegal.
This comes after another hearing earlier in the week where federal prosecutors said they will file criminal contempt of court charges against Sheriff Arpaio for failing to follow a court order to stop those immigration sweeps.
An immigrants' rights group wants a federal judge to rule once and for all no more workplace raids to root out undocumented immigrants.
That is how Noemi Romero was arrested.
She came to the United States from Mexico as a three-year-old.
She was working as a cashier in a supermarket when one of the raids happened.
"It was scary because I had never been in any type of trouble. I was handcuffed and taken into jail and I was terrified because I did not know what would happen after and what my end would be."
Puente Movement and immigrants' rights advocates want those raids to stop for good.
"Arpaio was doing raids for people he was criminalizing, detaining, deporting and creating attrition to make our lives miserable. We self-deport fear in our families," said Carlos Garcia from the Puente Movement.
Attorneys for the immigrants' group argued federal law blocks the sheriff and Count Attorney Bill Montgomery from taking matters into their own hands.
Attorneys representing the Maricopa County Attorneys Office and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said the raids were not about illegal immigration at all, but identity theft.
"We cannot be preempted from carrying out police functions retained by states using state i.d. It is inappropriate for Feds to not allow states to prosecute someone who misuses someone's identity in securing that identification," said Maricopa County Attorney, Bill Montgomery.
The judge did not issue a ruling today, instead he took the case under advisement.
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