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Court throws out Arizona sheriff's immigration policy challenge

Discussion in 'Illegal Immigration Issues' started by kwflatbed, Aug 14, 2015.

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    By Lawrence Hurley

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.

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