This Christmas Eve, Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio got some unexpected news from a federal judge: U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell rejected Arpaio’s request for an ruling to halt President Obama’s executive order on immigration.
Arpaio is infamous for his bigotry towards the Latino citizens of his state, not to mention the fact that he’s a proud Birther. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Sheriff’s delusions of grandeur made him think he had any power to stop a presidential executive order.
U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell turned down Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s request for an injunction to stop implementation of President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The president’s new policy, enacted because of congress’ refusal to fix a broken immigration system, grants a stay of deportation and work permits to an estimated five-million illegal immigrants. The judge told Sheriff Arpaio that he has no standing to file suit because he is not directly harmed by the order.
In his ruling, Judge Howell reminded Arpaio that the role of the courts is to “resolve cases and controversies properly brought by parties with a concrete and particularized injury — not to engage in policymaking better left to the political branches.”
When news of the ruling reached the White House, Obama spokesman Eric Schultz subtly stuck it to Arpaio a little further:
“Howell’s ruling confirms that the President’s executive actions on immigration are lawful.”
Arpiao’s attorney Larry Klayman (another Birther conspiracy theorist sociopath) plans to appeal the ruling.