Court Battles

Supreme Court rejects Arizona sheriff’s appeal on immigration

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The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal Tuesday from Arizona Sheriff Joseph Arpaio in a case challenging the president’s executive actions on immigration.

{mosads}Arpaio, an outspoken lawman, had argued that Obama’s measures to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation harmed him because those spared would commit crimes in Maricopa County and as sheriff he would be forced to spend more money policing the county and running its jails.

In August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit affirmed a lower court’s December decision to dismiss the case for lack of legal standing.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals called Arpaio’s claims “unduly speculative.”

The high court, however, did agree Tuesday to weigh in on the constitutionality of the president’s actions. Obama’s programs have been on hold since early last year as a result of the court battles.



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