|Sheriff Joe - 1st Victory Over Obama's Amnesty|
SHERIFF JOE SCORES VICTORY AGAINST OBAMA'S AMNESTY
Legal challenge now on fast track
Bob Unruh joined WND in 2006 after nearly three decades with the Associated Press, as well as several Upper Midwest newspapers, where he covered everything from legislative battles and sports to tornadoes and homicidal survivalists. He is also a photographer whose scenic work has been used commercially.
A judge has sided with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the first clash in what is expected to be a major court fight over the legality - or not - of Barack Obama's looming amnesty program, ordering a fast track for case arguments and hearings.
The announcement came on Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell in Washington, and granted a motion from Arpaio's attorney, Larry Klayman of FreedomWatch, to move things along quickly.
Two Justice Department lawyers representing Obama in the fight had wanted their initial response delayed for weeks - for one thing because of the coming Christmas season.
But Howell ordered Obama to respond to Arpaio's motion for a preliminary injunction - to protect the U.S. while the merits of the amnesty program are debated in court - by Dec. 15. A full preliminary injunction hearing is set for Dec. 22.
Arpaio, through his attorney, was the first to file a complaint regarding Obama's executive order that grants legal status to approximately 4.7 million illegal aliens who broke U.S. law to enter.
"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."
He continued, "Importantly, if this executive order is not preliminarily enjoined at the outset of this litigation, severe irreparable harm will result, as it thwarts Sheriff Arpaio's duties and responsibilities as the chief law enforcement officer of Maricopa County, Arizona. As stated by the sheriff upon filing suit: 'This unconstitutional act will have a serious detrimental impact. Specifically, it will severely strain our resources. Among the many negative [e]ffects 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.'"
"As was true in the recent case which I filed against the NSA, styled Klayman, et. al v. Obama, et. al (13-cv-00851), one day that constitutional rights are violated is one day too long," Klayman continued. "In the NSA case, the Fourth Amendment rights of nearly all Americans were violated. In this case concerning Obama's immigration order, the constitutional powers of the Congress are being flouted."
WND had just reported that Obama's attorneys were trying to throw a wrench in Arpaio's attempt to prevent the amnesty.
The timing is crucial, his complaint argued, because the government already is pouring resources into meeting the orders, and the offer of amnesty likely will draw a whole new flood of illegal aliens.
Department of Justice attorneys Adam Kirschner and Brad Cohen had argued to a federal court in Washington, D.C., that Christmas is coming, and they need a lot more time.
The attorneys had asked that they be allowed until the second half of January even to submit an initial response to Arpaio's motion for a preliminary injunction, even though the administration has boasted it has thoroughly examined the legality of Obama's immigration action.
"This timeline is also warranted because it will be particularly difficult to address the array of issues presented on a condensed schedule in light of the upcoming holidays," the attorneys said.
Klayman told the judge, however, that "the defendants obviously have already extensively reviewed and analyzed their view of the law and precedents. On Nov. 20, 2014, the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice released its 33 page legal memorandum for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security."
Klayman told the judge the Obama administration officials "have not only evidenced but publicly boasted that they have extensively examined these issues legally."
Klayman's submission to the court noted that even though Obama never signed a formal executive order on his immigration action, the impact is that programs and procedures are being changed already to meet his demands.
The president's decision, Klayman wrote, "orders direct DHS personnel including the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and ICE to immediately suspend enforcement of immigration laws with regard to any who appear to be eligible for the new deferred action programs, even though such persons might not yet be able to apply for formal recognition."
The instructions also tell law enforcement officials to "immediately" begin identifying those who could be given the special benefit.
Klayman also argued that the federal government already has leased office space and begun the process of hiring 1,000 new workers to process the illegals through Obama's amnesty program.
All of those actions would be for nothing if a court rules that the program doesn't meet the Constitution's requirements, he wrote.
"By contrast if the implementation is simply delayed until a court decision, there will be no such harm," he said.
Another injury would result from a new flood of illegals drawn by the promise of amnesty, he said.
"America witnessed the tragedy and the shock as thousands of 'unaccompanied minors' rushed across the nation's southern border shared with Mexico in the summer of 2014. Some of these 'unaccompanied minors' were middle-aged men with gray hair claiming to be 17 years old without identity documents, some intact families but misreported among the news, but some children as young as four (4) years old. Young men and middle-aged men - lacking any documentation but claiming to be 17 years old - were placed in high schools next to 16 and 17 year old girls."
The fallout has resulted in "an epidemic of Enterovirus D68 and most likely hepatitis," he said.
"The Department of Homeland Security should be ordered to stop issuing any new DACA amnesty or work permits or renewing DACA status and Employment Authorization Cards until the court can analyze, review, and decide upon whether DACA status is legally valid and constitutional."
The original lawsuit, filed only hours after Obama's immigration announcement was made, names Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Immigration Services chief Leon Rodriquez and Attorney General Eric Holder as defendants.
It seeks to avoid "irreversible harm" from Obama's actions because they will "encourage[e] more illegal aliens to enter the country unlawfully."
Arpaio, who has been consistently at odds with the Obama administration, released a statement at the time:
"I am not seeking to myself enforce the immigration laws
as this is the province of the federal government.
Rather, I am seeking to have
the president and the other defendants obey the
which prevents this executive order
from having been issued in the first place.
This unconstitutional act must be enjoined by a court of law
on behalf of not just myself,
but all of the American people."