Court Blocks Sheriff From Arresting Illegals


Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was doing his job and enforcing Arizona laws against illegal aliens who used stolen identities to get a job, which is a felony. But in one of the first major rulings of 2015, a federal judge appointed by President George W. Bush blocked Sheriff Arpaio from continuing to enforce Arizona law against these illegals. Although confirmed by a Republican-controlled Senate in 2003, Judge David Campbell granted a preliminary injunction to the ACLU in order to stop Sheriff Arpaio’s law enforcement against illegal aliens.

Arizona is a flashpoint for illegal aliens because 97% of the illegal entry into the United States occurs along the U.S.-Mexico border, much of which is Arizona. Only about 20% of these illegals are caught while crossing the border. While many other types of crime have been declining, crime associated with illegal immigration is sharply rising. The seizure of large quantities of drugs and the number of high-speed automobile chases have increased, in areas of Arizona plagued by illegal aliens. Sheriff Arpaio has been trying to clean up Arizona by simply enforcing Arizona law. But the federal district court has halted his efforts. The Court ruled that the law prohibiting illegals from using stolen identities was somehow “pre-empted” by a federal immigration law.

Sheriff Arpaio said that “the citizens of Maricopa County have been stripped of another protection to safeguard the integrity and identity of its citizens.” Sheriff Arpaio added that he doesn’t understand how federal law can pre-empt state law “when the federal government has proven it has no desire to protect its citizens in these areas.” USA Today reported that 50% of Americans disapprove of Obama’s plan to allow millions of illegal aliens to remain in this country.

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