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Joe Arpaio's Obama Immigration Order Challenge Starts Off Badly

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 08:01 AM

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio took a shot at President Barack Obama's immigration executive order in federal court on Monday, but the judge appeared skeptical about the lawman's standing and even whether the case belonged in court.

U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell, an Obama court appointee, didn't rule after oral arguments but questioned Arpaio attorney Larry Klayman on why Congress wasn't the best place to settle the matter, according to the Washington Times.

Arpaio, sheriff of Phoenix's Maricopa County, has been a fierce critic of Obama, challenging him on immigration and border issues.

"If Congress doesn't like it, doesn't Congress have the power to step in?" Howell asked Klayman, and later warned the attorney that "you've got a big standing problem."

The president's executive order, issued after the November midterm elections, would shield most illegal immigrants from being deported and would grant proactive three-year legal status and work permits to up to five million of them, in addition to offering more visas for high-tech workers and speeding up legal immigration, noted the Times.

Klayman argued that the executive order was unconstitutional.

Klayman urged Howell to rule in Arpaio's favor despite her initial misgivings, telling the judge the case will land in the Supreme Court regardless and that she would "become famous" by siding with the sheriff.

"In this room, I think you are the most famous person, Mr. Klayman," Howell told the attorney.

Back in Phoenix on Monday, immigration activists protested in front of Arpaio's office, according to the Arizona Republic. The newspaper said the protesters sang Christmas carols with altered lyrics to criticize the sheriff.

Maricopa County Supervisor-elect Steve Gallardo told the Republic that he believed Arpaio's lawsuit was "frivolous."

"This office is so out of control," said Gallardo. "We need (Arpaio) to fix his own house before he tries to take on the federal government."

Klayman, founder of advocacy groups Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch and a former federal prosecutor, had previously sued to deport Obama, charging that he is not a citizen of the United States, reported the Republic.

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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio took a shot at President Barack Obama's immigration executive order in federal court on Monday, but the judge appeared skeptical about the lawman's standing and even whether the case belonged in court.
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