“The President cannot simply announce sweeping new rules and implement them by giving a speech.”
That’s a quote taken from the complaint filed by Maricopa County’s Sheriff Joe “Birther” Arpaio after hearing President Obama’s speech on signing an executive order to take action on immigration reform in the America.
The complaint goes on to say:
While Defendant Obama hijacks the language of previous immigration regulation and law, Defendant Obama fundamentally transforms the definition of key terms to create a radically new and different regime of immigration law and regulation.
On Thursday night, President Obama announced his plan to protect five million immigrants from deportation:
Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law. But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President –- the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me -– that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just.
Tonight, I am announcing those actions.
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.
Second, I’ll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.
Third, we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.
President Obama went on to reveal his plan to allow immigrants that have been in the US for more than five years or have children that are US citizens, to register themselves without fear of deportation but they must pass a background check and be willing to pay taxes. They will then be safe for three years to try to gain their citizenship legally.
Obama also noted that during his time as President the number of people entering this country illegally has decreased and wants to keep it that way.
This is going to open the door. Everybody in Mexico, Central America, thinks they will have a free pass when they come into our country because of what the president is issuing.
The lawsuit also names Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriquez as acting against the US Constitution. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is listed as the sole plaintiff on the complaint.
Arizona’s newly appointed governor, Doug Ducey said Obama should:
Sit down and work with both sides of the aisle on a realistic solution, not further divide the country and exacerbate this problem after six years of inaction on his part.
Remember, President Obama has tried to work across the aisles but House Republicans won’t even allow a vote on the issue which has forced the President’s hand to order executive action be taken. While the right wing calls him a dictator, executive action is not uncommon.
The chart shows that President Obama has used Executive action less that his predecessors:
President Obama taught Constitutional law at the University of Chicago for 12 years before becoming a senator, so it doesn’t seem likely Arpaio will find that the President and the others named in the complaint acted without proper authority, but hey, Arpaio has never been one to shy away from wasting time and money on frivolous lawsuits. Arpaio did note that no tax dollars would be used in this lawsuit.
And speaking of lawsuits, Sheriff Joe is about to be held in contempt of court in a federal lawsuit filed against Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office if he doesn’t stop dragging his feet during an investigation for civil rights violations of Latino citizens. A judge has also ordered the Sheriff to undergo racial sensitivity training.
H/T: Washington Post