President Trump late Friday pardoned Joe Arpaio, the controversial ex-Arizona sheriff, the New York Times reported.

In a short statement, the White House said that with Mr. Arpaio's years of "admirable service to our nation, he is worthy candidate for a presidential pardon," the Times said.

Arpaio's "aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants made him a national symbol of the divisive politics of immigration and earned him a criminal contempt conviction," the Times said in its report.

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