Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio has already acted to strengthen his lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action on amnesty — he’s already filed court papers citing Tuesday’s surprise ruling by a federal judge in Pennsylvania that Obama’s amnesty order is unconstitutional.
As Western Journalism reported yesterday, a federal court has determined that Obama’s unilateral action to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation violates the Constitution.
While that finding doesn’t mean that Obama’s controversial order is invalidated, it does provide powerful ammunition for others who want the courts to stop the president’s action from taking effect.
As reported at washingtontimes.com, the ruling is reverberating through court cases currently in process, including the multi-state challenge led by Texas as well as Sheriff Joe’s anti-amnesty fight:
Both Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed papers late Tuesday night in their respective challenges to Mr. Obama’s amnesty, saying the Pennsylvania judge’s ruling adds heft to their own attacks.
The D.C. court that’s considering Sheriff Joe’s case has scheduled a hearing for next week on the possible issuance of a preliminary injunction to halt the president’s amnesty order.
Curiously, the blockbuster opinion issued by the Pennsylvania federal judge was tucked in his findings regarding the drunk-driving case of an illegal immigrant.
National Journal notes that in researching the case, the court requested information from the federal government over whether Obama’s executive action applied.
…in [Judge] Schwab’s opinion, the first priority is to “determine whether the Executive Action is constitutional.” And he determined that it wasn’t.
“The Court holds that the Executive Action is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of powers and the Take Care Clause of the Constitution,” he wrote.
This is reportedly the first federal court ruling on Obama’s executive action and the first new opinion that gives opponents of the president’s order a significant boost in their challenges.
There are currently 24 states suing the president over his executive action on amnesty.
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