Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a lawsuit Thursday in a U.S. District Court against President Obama over his executive action on immigration.
In the complaint, Arpaio calls the executive action and the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals “unconstitutional abuses of the President’s role in our nation’s constitutional architecture and exceed the power of the President within the U.S. Constitution.”
“The President cannot simply announce sweeping new rules and implement them by giving a speech,” the complaint reads.
The suit was also filed against Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriquez, and U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
Both Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) and Gov.-elect Doug Ducey (R) released statements Thursday voicing their opposition to Obama’s executive action.
“[Obama’s] new executive action sends a disturbing message about the way this President perceives his role as leader,” Brewer’s statement said.
Ducey called on Obama to “sit down and work with both sides of the aisle on a realistic solution, not further divide the country and exacerbate this problem after six years of inaction on his part.”
SOURCE: The Washington Post – Hunter Schwarz