Created: 04/09/2014 10:20 AM
By: The Associated Press
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office was the focus of an immigration-related protest.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that dozens of people protested outside the Sheriff's Office in Las Cruces on Tuesday.
The Border Network for Human Rights says the Sheriff's Office's personnel engage in immigration enforcement during traffic stops -- which the Sheriff's Office denies doing.
The network presented the Sheriff's Office with a petition urging various steps, including instructing deputies to not ask about immigration status or request Social Security numbers during routine traffic stops.
Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Jameson says deputies don't ask such questions under those circumstances and don't act as federal immigration agents.
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