Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff who’s gotten national attention over the past few years due to his outspokenness on immigration, has filed a lawsuit against President Obama over his executive action on immigration reform, as well as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Leon Rodriguez.
In the lawsuit he filed [PDF], Arpaio asserts this executive action represents “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.” He calls this a dramatic shift from previous immigration law that is a clear “abuse of discretion” on the president’s part.
And Arpaio might not be alone in this. Attorneys general in states like Texas and Oklahoma are considering lawsuits against the president as well over immigration action.
On Fox News yesterday, Arpaio told Neil Cavuto that he’s doing this because he really has no other alternative to fight back against Obama’s political decision. He bemoaned how the president isn’t taking on the issue in a responsible way and asked how he expects the government to keep track of millions of people.
Watch the video below, via Fox News:
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