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Arizona cop illegal immigrant: Cop quits after making shocking discovery

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An Arizona cop illegal immigrant discovery is shocking law enforcement agencies around the country because the now former cop, Carmen Figueroa, whom parents said she was born in the United States, is actually a native of the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, said Department of Public Safety spokeswoman, Bart Graves. As reported by Fox News on Dec. 11, the Arizona cop illegal immigrant situation was detected when the State Department processed an application for a passport by her brother, who is serving in the U.S. Air Force.

"She told us she was always under the impression through her mother that she was born in this country, and she did not really find out until this summer ... that she was an illegal alien through, I believe, a confrontation with her mother," Graves explained to the Associated Press.

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Figueroa resigned last Monday, but would have been fired if she had not made the decision on her own, said Graves, who reported that an investigation has been opened to determine criminal liability for those responsible for the violation.

Arizona law mandates that police officers be U.S. citizens. When she was hired by DPS back in 2003, Figueroa showed her superiors what seemed to be legitimate documents —including a Social Security card, birth certificate and high school diploma.

Although Graves told the AP that the documents didn't raise any cause for suspicion, he refused to comment on whether officials now question the legitimacy of any of the papers.

He said, "we are absolutely having in-depth discussions right now to prevent this from happening again."

During her time as an Arizona cop, Figueroa "had an exemplary record," was promoted to detective and worked as the DPS spokesperson in Tucson for several years.

The Arizona cop illegal immigrant case is currently under investigation so be sure to return to this column for updates.

Wikipedia reports that since the 1990s, the number of illegal immigrants continue to outpace the number of legal immigrants. While the majority of illegal immigrants continue to concentrate in places with existing large Hispanic communities, illegal immigrants are settling throughout the rest of the country at an alarming rate.

According to estimates, 14 million people live in families in which the head of household or the spouse is in the U.S illegally. Illegal immigrants who have came to the U.S. in recent years tend to be better educated than those who have been in the country a decade or more. A quarter of all immigrants who have arrived in recent years have at least some college education. Nonetheless, illegal immigrants as a group tend to be less educated than other sections of the U.S. population: 49 percent haven't completed high school, compared with 9 percent of native-born Americans and 25 percent of legal immigrants.

Arizona implemented two laws which address the issue of illegal immigration. In April 2010, SB 1070 and HB 2162 laws added new state requirements, crimes and penalties related to enforcement of immigration laws and were to become effective on July 29, 2010.

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