Federal authorities leave police to release 17 undocumented immigrants near Phoenix

Federal immigration officials told local authorities in Arizona that they wouldn’t respond to their call to pick up nearly two dozen undocumented individuals found packed into a vehicle just outside of the state’s capital.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper pulled over a white van shortly after 6 a.m. Friday on Interstate 10 at the East Ray Road Exit.

After speaking to the driver, a U.S. citizen, DPS said in a release that the trooper observed 17 undocumented immigrants in the vehicle.

But, DPS says federal authorities wouldn’t respond to the scene.

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