Sheriff Joe Arpaio Defies Obama, Has Court Remove Ban On Workplace Raids
A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and lifted the temporary injunction that has prevented him from carrying out workplace raids since January 2015, sending the case against him back to the district court for resolution.
The controversial sheriff, who calls himself “America's Toughest Sheriff,” will be able to enforce Arizona laws enacted in 2014 to prevent identity theft for the purpose of obtaining employment pending a decision at the district level.
The laws – and Arpao’s vigorous enforcement of them – were challenged by Phoenix-based Puente Arizona (“bridge Arizona”), which calls itself a grassroots migrant justice organization, which argued that the laws attempted to supersede the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act and the federal government’s exclusive discretion over immigration-related prosecutions.
Private plaintiffs who joined the suit claimed that the laws were “designed to work as a deportation machine,” but the panel of three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – all of whom were appointed by President Bill Clinton, disagreed.
Arizona had the highest per-capita identity theft rates in the nation between 2006 and 2008, with one-third involving employment-related fraud.
Sheriff Arpaio said although he is happy with the decision, he is “looking at all the options” to see how the Court’s decision will impact the day-to-day operations of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
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h/t: AZ Central