Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed the first lawsuit late Thursday seeking to halt President Obama’s new executive action on immigration, saying he has abused his presidential powers and ignored the Constitution and the will of Congress.
Arpaio questions the constitutionality of Obama’s order. He also wonders how the federal government would keep track of the millions of immigrants and how they would stop the flow of more people coming into the country illegally.
Arpaio’s complaint, filed in Washington, D.C., says Obama’s immigration programs are “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.”
“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,” Sheriff Arpaio said in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed minutes after Obama announced his plans to the nation.In a statement, Arpaio said the executive order will “severely strain our resources, both in manpower and financially, necessary to protect the citizens I was elected to serve.”
He also said among the many negative effects will be the “increased release of criminal aliens back onto streets of Maricopa County, Arizona, and the rest of the nation.”
Arpaio claims he will not use taxpayers’ dollars in the lawsuit.