Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Obama administration's move: "Why now?"

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by Catherine Holland

Interview by Stella Inger

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Joe Arpaio said he believes politics is involved in the Obama administration's decision to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and offer them work visas.

"Why now?" he asked rhetorically while talking to 3TV's Javier Soto Friday morning. "It's an election year. Is that going to open the door to amnesty? First you start with this group of people. What happens next?"

"The timing is very suspect," he reiterated in a face-to-face with 3TV's Stella Inger later in the morning. "He [Obama] should let Congress look into this next year."

Arpaio said he believes Obama is using the issues of illegal immigration, the DREAM Act and the young people affected by the as "a political pawn."

"I don't this that's right," he said.

Arpaio said he's not playing political games.

"I'm just here to obey the law and enforce the law," Arpaio said. "That's all. If they want to changes the laws, OK."

Still, he's not in favor of the president's executive order.

"This is a step twoard amnesty," he said.

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