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Report: Sheriff Joe Has Helped Kick Out 26K Immigrants Since '07

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With Arizona's new immigration law set to take effect tomorrow (though a judge has now blocked the most controversial parts of the law), it's clear that Sheriff Joe is already ahead of the curve.

The Justice Department said in its suit challenging the law that the 287(g) federal-local partnerships are one way Congress allowed states to assist in enforcing immigration laws.

"At the pragmatic level, if local police are already allowed to do this and are allowed to do this with federal cooperation with the state, then why do they need the (new Arizona) law?" said Muzaffar Chishti, director of the New York office of the Migration Policy Institute, an immigration think tank.

"I don't know what the big hype is going on with this law," Arpaio said Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "We've been doing it for three years."

The AP reports that the Homeland Security Department's inspector general "reported in March that the 287(g) program was poorly supervised and provided insufficient training to officers, including on civil rights law." The inspector general made a number of recommendations for fixing the program, some of which have yet to be addressed.

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