1. U.S. court throws out Arizona sheriff’s immigration policy challenge

U.S. court throws out Arizona sheriff’s immigration policy challenge

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit brought by an Arizona sheriff who argued that President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration were unconstitutional.

By: | Published: August 15, 2015 3:02 PM

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit brought by an Arizona sheriff who argued that President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration were unconstitutional.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a district court judge’s finding that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio lacked standing to sue, a provision in U.S. law that means he has to prove he has been directly harmed.

He claimed his office had been injured by Obama’s November 2014 orders that are designed to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants.

Judge Nina Pillard, writing on behalf of a three-judge panel, said Arpaio’s claims “rest on speculation beyond that permitted” by the court’s precedents.

The Obama administration provisions would give temporary legal status and work permits to eligible immigrants.

Arpaio, a longtime Republican firebrand on immigration, has had several actions stymied by the courts this year.

In April, he admitted to civil contempt charges in a Phoenix court after failing to comply with several court orders banning his police force from racially profiling immigrants.

The Supreme Court in June also upheld a 2014 appeals court ruling that struck down an Arizona law that denied bail to illegal immigrants charged with certain felonies.

Obama’s executive actions are currently on ice, after a Texas judge ruled against his administration in February.

That more substantive challenge brought by 26 states, led by Republican bastion Texas, will be heard by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in July and could ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.

Republicans have brought a swath of lawsuits against administration officials on immigration and Obama’s signature healthcare law over the past year, aiming to curb what they view as executive overreach.

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    Bill Munz
    Aug 15, 2015 at 4:37 pm
    And how much did this faux pas by Joke Arpaio cost the county?
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      Realista
      Aug 15, 2015 at 7:54 pm
      The New Jersey eye-talian is an immigrant himself, and abuses Hispanic Immigrants!
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        Bruce Brown
        Aug 15, 2015 at 10:13 pm
        Besides the story, the PICTURE! I enjoy (not) these self-important creeps and axxmunches that wear the rank of a FOUR STAR GENERAL on their collar - "LOOK AT ME! I'M SOMEBOD BIG AND IMPORTANT !" Does Trump know about this ? You can buy em anywhere, EARNING is another matter! Ask any Marine!
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        1. Grant Davis
          Aug 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm
          Don't worry, Obamas executive order on immigration is still being pummeled in court. Expedite it to the Holly Nine and get this nonsense decided already. If Ginsburg dies after 2016, the court will be 6-3. If your here illegally my advise is save as much as you can now, and brush up on your spanish.
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          1. Gustavo Pacheco
            Aug 15, 2015 at 8:27 pm
            You see there was a war and fortunately we won....those who win the war make the rules, now get out of the country
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              Jim
              Aug 15, 2015 at 4:17 pm
              Arpaio should have to reimburse the taxpayers for all the money he's caused to be wasted on his frivolous bigoted stupidity.
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              1. Jim Parker
                Aug 15, 2015 at 6:15 pm
                We could have expected this from the U.S Kangaroo court that is totally controlled and told what to decide by Obama !!! Ah yes,corruption at its best.
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                  Lowell
                  Aug 15, 2015 at 6:09 pm
                  So you are for flooding our country with third world peasants. And paying for them too? This is not the way this country was founded, and built. It can not sustain this kind of invasion.
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                    Danny Douglas
                    Aug 15, 2015 at 7:29 pm
                    Oh, lets take a step back on that statement. Just who do you think the original immigrants were, to this land? They were what we now call native Americans, and then came along peasants from Europe. Not one of which applied to the Indian nations for entry- and many who fought subject inhabitants and kicked them off their lands. WE are all immigrants, be it 1st generation of 500th. That is EXACTLY how this country was founded and built.
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                      Danny Douglas
                      Aug 15, 2015 at 7:33 pm
                      The thing is, he keeps getting elected by his fellow townsmen. They must agree with his actions? Doesnt make it all correct, but shows the standing mentality of the consutents. I personally agree with his running of the jail. Prisoners need to be treated with respect, but do not need steak, tv, etc. Pink underwear doesnt get stolen.
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                        ron cee
                        Aug 15, 2015 at 7:16 pm
                        Evidently not enough to allow a standing in court.
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                          ron cee
                          Aug 15, 2015 at 7:11 pm
                          It sounds like Jim has been has been a guest of the sheriff and pranced around in his issued pink shorts! :-D
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