Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Arpaio Challenge to Obama Executive Action Dismissed

Joseph M. Arpaio


Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is in the news again, this time for another loss in the courts as he labors to keep his name in the immigration headlines.  Late Tuesday, a federal court dismissed a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell dismissed on standing grounds a challenge to deferred action programs brought by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and backed by conservative legal activist Larry Klayman  (whose argument in the case was described by Dana Milbank in the Washington Post as a "legal massacre").   In dismissing the case, the court emphasized that “The role of the Judiciary is to resolve cases and controversies properly brought by parties with a concrete and particularized injury— not to engage in policymaking better left to the political branches.”  Consequently, the court declined to issue a preliminary injunction barring the implementation of the executive actions.

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