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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 10:02 am | Updated: 5:22 pm, Fri May 24, 2013.

A Phoenix group says it doesn't want Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's volunteer posse to patrol their kid's schools in the Roosevelt School District.

The school board met Tuesday night to talk about a resolution that would let Arpaio know his posse members aren't welcome at the district's 20 schools.

But Arpaio told KPHO-TV ( that those schools fall within his jurisdiction, so he can do what he wants.

Arpaio recently launched a program for his volunteer armed posse members to patrol schools in unincorporated parts of Maricopa County.

The Rise of South Phoenix group says parents and students fear a patrol will turn into an immigration raid.

But Arpaio says the group is needlessly upset because the posse doesn't currently patrol schools in the Roosevelt district.

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