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"Toughest Sheriff in America" Suing Obama for His Immigration Policy

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Joe Arpaio is suing President Barack Obama for his executive action on immigration. 

Arpaio, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, said "(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,” in his complaint, which was filed in a federal court in Washington.

Arpaio is the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, and in May of 2013 a judge ruled that Arpaio and his police force racially profiled Latino drivers. The judge ordered a court monitor to oversee Arpaio’s operations and decided race could not be used as factor in law enforcement. Maricopa County is nearly 30 percent Latino.

Obama’s executive action will grant temporary amnesty to some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. About 6 million immigrants will not see a change in their legal status. 

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Arpaio’s lawsuit contends that the executive action would encourage more people to immigrate into the United States illegally. In his speech last night, Obama said “[this executive action] does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future. It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive.”

Obama also announced plans to increase border security. “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,” he said.

The White House has yet to comment on the lawsuit, but many people are as irate as Arpaio. House Speaker John Boehner said that Congress "will not stand idle as the President undermines the rule of law.” He gave no specifics on how Republicans would respond to the President's executive action.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, CNN, New York Daily News / Image via Associated Press