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Immigration Lawsuit Appears to Get Cool Reception From Judge

By    |   Monday, 22 Dec 2014 08:39 PM

After hearing arguments against President Barack Obama's recent immigration action on Monday, a federal judge gave no indication she would rule the legislation illegal or unconstitutional.

Conservative lawyer Larry Klayman is representing Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a lawsuit filed against the Obama administration. Politico reports that the hearing lasted 75 minutes in front of Judge Beryl Howell in a Washington, D.C., courtroom.

Howell said she would provide a ruling "very soon" in the case, according to Politico.

Klayman said Arpaio is directly affected by Obama's action, which granted relief from being deported and will provide work permits to as many as 6 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.

The jail system Arpaio runs in Maricopa County, Arizona, sees the same criminals over and over again — and therefore he has rising housing costs in the facilities — because the federal government will not deport them, Klayman said, according to Politico.

Howell, however, told Klayman he was not being clear enough on what problems the law is causing the sheriff.

"That just doesn't cut it for me when you're asking me to enjoin from the bench, with a strike of my pen, some national program," Howell said, according to Politico.

Klayman said Obama's actions go against the Constitution.

"We are a system of laws, not men," he said. "The precedent here is terrible. It's trashing our Constitution."

In his court filing, Klayman says, "President Obama and others recite that the immigration system of the United States is broken. It is unmistakable that the only thing that is broken about the nation's immigration laws is that the defendants are determined to break those laws."

Obama took executive action on the issue of immigration reform last month, a move that critics say overstepped his authority as president. It also came after Republicans gained control of the Senate but before the new-look legislative body debuts next month.

Klayman is a former federal prosecutor and founder of the watchdog group Freedom Watch. He told Newsmax earlier this month that he was glad Howell had agreed to expedite the hearing to Monday.

"We are very pleased that Judge Howell has ordered an expedited hearing on our motion for preliminary injunction, which asks to preserve the status quo and stop the implementation of President Obama's executive order," Klayman said. "The executive order violates the Constitution, as it seeks to circumvent the powers which the Framers delegated to Congress."

Last week, a federal district judge in Pennsylvania ruled that parts of the immigration order were unconstitutional.

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