Posted: Jul 15, 2010 4:07 PM MST
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo
PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he plans to house illegal immigrants convicted under Arizona's new immigration law in tents in the desert.
About 1,300 U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants are serving time in Arpaio's tents for convictions for theft, domestic violence, drunken driving, identity theft, human smuggling and other crimes.
Arpaio says he now has vacant spots in the tents for about 1,000 prisoners and is willing to add on more tents in the future to handle the expected influx from the new law.
Arpaio is known for pushing the bounds for how local law enforcement agencies can confront illegal immigration.
The sheriff's office has housed inmates in canvas tents during Phoenix's triple-digit summer heat since August 1993.
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Looks like they are mostly Mexicans/Latinos/badguys in there now!