President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration, aimed at sparing nearly 5 million people from deportation, has prompted hard-line Arizona county sheriff Joe Arpaio to challenge the measure in court Monday.
The sheriff of Maricopa County has been breathing fire about Obama’s plan to grant legal status to about a half of the illegal immigrants currently living in the US. Arpaio is known for his crackdown on illegal immigration in Arizona, one of the states most heavily crammed by the influx of undocumented people from across the border with Mexico.
In his formal complaint, the sheriff warned that Obama’s “unconstitutional act” would have a “serious detrimental impact” on his duties and responsibilities. “For instance, among the many negative effects of this executive order, will be the increased release of criminal aliens back onto streets of Maricopa County, Arizona, and the rest of the nation,” he wrote last month.