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Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Did it surprise anyone that Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a lawsuit against Obama over the president's November immigration executive action
I doubt it.
Last month, Obama relieved as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, who are parents to U.S. citizen or legal resident children and have no criminal record, among other requirements, from deportation and gave them work permits. That's good for the next three years.
Earlier this month, Arizona joined a muli-state challenge, led by Texas (NO SURPRISE THERE EITHER) to the immigration action. Arpaio's lawsuit is separate.
He filed it almost immediately after Obama made the announcement Nov. 20, saying the temporary changes to the country's immigration system were unconstitutional.
Now, the self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America" has to convince a federal court judge that the suit should happen, as reported by The Associated Press today.
Arpaio argues the program is just going to trigger more people to come here illegally and "commit crimes."
Did he not read the qualifications? If the person has a criminal background, he or she is not getting the relief. Also, those applying have had to be in the U.S. for at least five years.
His buttons have been stuck on replay for a while now on the issue. I also feel he's trying to become relevant again...*sigh*
How much more STATE money are all of these people willing to spend to fight the feds on these moves? Arizona's already spent $1.5 million in legal fees over the licenses for Dreamers dilemma, according to the Arizona Republic.
The work permits will allow these people do just that - work, which equals paying taxes, which equals revenue for the state. Isn't the budget facing a $1 billion deficit in the next two years? Letting more people fuel the economy might be a good thing.
An update of where the Arpaio suit will end up is en route...