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Arizona Police: Detective in US Illegally Resigns

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 08:46 AM

 

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Arizona's state police agency says one of its detectives has resigned following the discovery that she was in the United States illegally after being brought from Mexico at a young age.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says Carmen Figueroa apparently was told by her family that she was born in the United States, though she was actually born in Mexico.

Graves says Figueroa's status was discovered during processing of a passport application by a brother serving in the U.S. military.

Graves says Figueroa resigned Monday but would have been fired if she hadn't stepped down. He says a criminal investigation continues.

Figueroa worked for DPS in southern Arizona and was with the department for 10 years.

Her status was first reported by Tucson television station KVOA.

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