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Arizona cop illegal immigrant: Detective quits her job, illegal status examined

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An Arizona cop recently quit her job after her status as an illegal immigrant here in the U.S. was made known publicly, though a formal examination is underway regarding whether the female detective even knew she was not a native-born American citizen in the first place. Carmen Figueroa of the Arizona State Police resigned this week after officials confirmed that her birth location as noted on her law enforcement application documents turned out to be fake. MSN News provides additional details on this story this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

The past detective and upstanding Arizona community cop — Figueroa served with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for over 13 years, and has additionally spent time as the police force’s official spokeswoman — resigned after her status as an illegal immigrant was thrown into the public spotlight. Although she had signed a written affidavit upon her hiring over a decade ago that she was indeed a U.S. citizen, a recent examination into her past has proved otherwise.

Figueroa asserts to investigators, however, that members of her family had said that she was born here in the United States. The investigation into her past actually discovered that the Arizona cop was an illegal immigrant, since she had in fact been born in Mexico, and was taken to America as a young girl, living in the country without proper documentation.

Unknowingly or not, the cop who recently quit her job might have forged or been given a false birth certificate, but it is probable she was informed by her mother that she had been born as U.S. citizen here.

According to a police statement:

"We believe the affidavit and information she gave us at the time. And, she was under the impression that she herself was an American citizen," Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves told KVOA.

Although Figueroa took the initiative to resign from her post as an Arizona cop and longstanding police detective, Graves added that she would have been fired if she hadn’t quit her position. All sworn officers in Arizona must be U.S. citizens, according to law.

"She did not really find out until this summer ... that she was an illegal alien through, I believe, a confrontation with her mother," Graves told the AP.

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