Before Immigration Law Takes Effect, County in Arizona Deports 26,000 Immigrants, L.A. County Deports 13,000
Arizona's controversial immigration law SB 1070 takes effect Thursday, but an Associated Press investigation has revealed that one county in the state has already performed tens of thousands of deportations. Under a federal program that deputizes local law enforcement agencies to help enforce immigration laws, Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies have deported over 26,000 immigrants. Of the 64 agencies that participate in the program, Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and policed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has the highest number -- nearly a quarter -- of deportations.
Under that same program, called 287(g), L.A. County comes in second with 13,784 immigrants being deported or leaving the country. Estimates show that California has about 2.6 million illegal immigrants, the highest of any state and about a quarter of the 10.8 million illegal immigrants estimated to be in the country.