Sarah Buduson Reporter, KPHO.com | POSTED: 4:01 pm MST December 20, 2010 UPDATED: 5:29 am MST December 21, 2010
PHOENIX -- A record number of illegal immigrants were deported from Arizona during 2010, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials deported 92,592 illegal immigrants during between October 2009 and September 2010, according to statistics provided to CBS 5 News by Lori Haley of ICE.
The U.S. also broke a record for the deportation of illegal immigrants, removing 392,862 illegal immigrants during 2010.
Haley credits closer cooperation between federal officers and local law enforcement officers.
Though he's come under fire for his illegal immigration enforcement tactics, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told CBS 5 News he plans to increase his efforts to crack down on illegal immigration in 2011.
"In 2011, I will increase my crime suppression, I will increase our employer operations and I will increase our human smuggling operations," said Arpaio.