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Sheriff Joe Arpaio: I Will Jail Immigration Law Protesters (VIDEO)

07/28/2010 09:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

AP/Huffington Post - The sheriff of the most populous county in Arizona says he's "not going to put up with any civil disobedience" when the state's new immigration law takes effect.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says that if protesters want to block his jail, he'll put them in it.

The Arizona law, which takes effect Thursday, requires officers enforcing other laws to check a person's immigration status if they suspect the person is in the country illegally.

Arpaio told ABC's "Good Morning America" he doesn't know "what the big hype is."

He says it's "a crime to be here illegally and everyone should enforce" the law.

"Nothing really is going to change other than the fact that if we come across an illegal alien that doesn't have a state charge now we can arrest them and book them into the jail or turn him over to ICE," he said. "We're not engaged in [racial profiling] now in all types of crimes we enforce. So what's the difference whether you enforce another crime, which is the illegal immigration? So we are very comfortable."

WATCH: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Speaks Out On Arizona Immigration Law

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