The new head of immigration enforcement for Arizona has his work cut out for him, says the Arizona Republic. Alonzo Peña, whose starts Tuesday, is parachuting into the middle of the nation’s busiest human smuggling corridor and into a political tempest. As special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona, it will be his job to battle highly sophisticated smuggling networks that warehouse thousands of undocumented immigrants a day and violent gangs that kidnap immigrants and hold them for ransom.
Peña also will be responsible for carrying out the government’s new effort to crack down on employers who knowingly hire workers who are here illegally. But his most pressing challenge will be rebuilding bridges and mending sore feelings. Peña is inheriting the job from Roberto Medina, who had an acrimonious relationship with Gov. Janet Napolitano, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other officials.