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‘Toughest Sheriff in America’ Suing President Obama Over Immigration Directive

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As we all know, President Obama just made a major statement on immigration reform last night.  He practically dared congress to help reshape the immigration policies and band together with him in turning some of his ideas into reality in regards to this sensitive topic.

In order to get his point across that he meant business, the President issued a directive that will help keep up to five million people from deportation and allow many of them to work legally.  President Obama remarked that the action was lawful, despite overwhelming opposition from Congress, and creating an even further divide between both parties. with even members in COngress threatening to sue the President over his “abuse” of powers by issuing this order.

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Well, the “toughest sheriff in America” has beat them to it and is suing the President for his executive action on immigration.

Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, said “(Obama’s immigration) programs are unconstitutional abuses of the President’s role in our nation’s constitutional architecture and exceed the powers of the President within the U.S. Constitution,” in his complaint, which was filed in a federal court in Washington.

Arpaio is the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, and in May of 2013 a judge ruled that Arpaio and his police force racially profiling Latino drivers. The judge ordered a court monitor to oversee Arpaio’s operations and decided race could not be used as factor in law enforcement.

Maricopa County is nearly 30 percent Latino.

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Obama’s executive action will grant temporary amnesty to some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. About 6 million immigrants will not see a change in their legal status.

 Arpaio’s lawsuit contends that the executive action would encourage more people to immigrate into the United States illegally. In his speech last night, Obama said “[this executive action] does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future. It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive.”

Obama also announced plans to increase border security. “First, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over,” he said.

The White House has yet to comment on the lawsuit, but many people are as irate as Arpaio. House Speaker John Boehner said that Congress “will not stand idle as the President undermines the rule of law.” He gave no specifics on how Republicans would respond to the President’s executive action.

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