Federal Judge David Campbell today said workplace raids ordered by Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery are probably unconstitutional and should stop immediately, until a final decision is reached on the issue.
This preliminary injunction in the suit Puente v. Arpaio
prohibits Arpaio and Montgomery from enforcing two Arizona laws that have been used to convict hundreds of undocumented workers, charged with identity theft for using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs, as reported by The Associated Press today.
Arpaio enjoyed sending his troops to random locations, where he suspected there would be undocumented workers. He arrested a lot of people that way.
From an American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona press release:
Judge Campbell concluded that these workplace raids cause irreparable harm and that plaintiffs are likely to succeed with their legal challenge. He ordered an end to the workplace raids.
"This comprehensive and careful court order should be the final nail in the coffin for these unconstitutional raids," said Dan Pochoda, senior counsel for the ACLU of Arizona.
“This is an enormous victory for our community,” said Carlos Garcia, executive director of Puente, a Phoenix-based human rights group that is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. “Arpaio and Montgomery are being stripped of the tools they use to illegally terrorize immigrant workers and families. We hope that justice will continue to prevail, that not one more worker is arrested for providing for his or her family and that the racist, anti-immigrant machine for which Arizona is known is dismantled completely.”
Arpaio also recently lost a chance to move forward with a lawsuit against Obama over his recent immigration action, which protects many undocumented parents of U.S. citizen or legal resident children from deportation.
His 2014 didn't end right, and 2015 is starting shitty, too.