Arizona Sheriff’s Immigration Policy Challenge Gets Thrown Out by U.S. Court


Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration policy lawsuit was thrown out of a U.S. federal appeals court on Friday. He intended to argue that President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration were unconstitutional.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit confirmed a district court judge’s finding that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio did not have grounds to sue.

The sheriff claimed that his office had suffered from Obama’s November 2014 orders that were designed to ease the threat of deportation for approximately 4.7 million undocumented immigrants.

White House spokesman, Eric Schultz said they are “pleased that the D.C. Circuit did not allow Sheriff Arpaio’s lawsuit to stand in the way of commonsense measures to advance public safety and bring greater accountability to our immigration system.”

Arpaio’s attorney, Larry Klayman, mentioned that he would seek out Supreme Court review of the ruling. He described the decision as “intellectually dishonest.”

To prove standing, the plaintiff must show they have been directly harmed by the challenged action. The court did not find that Arpaio would be harmed by the immigration action because there would be more crime as a result.

Judge Nina Pillard, who wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel, mentioned that Arpaio’s predictions of higher crime rates and an increase in the jail population were solely rested on claims of supposition and contradicts acknowledged realities.

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

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

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.