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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Arpaio’s Arguments

Written by Carmen Cornejo

Arpaio lost again. The Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it will not hear an appeal filed by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio challenging President Obama’s executive initiatives called DAPA and the extension of DACA. These initiatives would provide temporary relief from deportation to 4.3 million parents of citizens and legal residents, as well as people who aged out of the original DACA process.

This announcement came the same day the Supreme Court of the U.S. agreed to hear the arguments on the appeal for United States v. Texas, which originally was filed by 25 conservative governors to block the aforementioned initiatives.

A U.S. appeals court in August ruled that Arpaio did not have the standing to file a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security. Arpaio claimed DAPA and extended DACA would let more immigrants enter the country illegally, creating a burden on law enforcement from increased crime.

A federal judge said Arpaio’s arguments were speculations. Later, a federal appeals court agreed with the decision.

The announcement by the Supreme Court yesterday kills Arpaio’s attempt to jump into the anti-immigrant bandwagon of governors opposing DAPA and extended DACA.

This decision comes at a time when Arpaio is waiting for Federal Court Judge G. Murray Snow’s ruling on whether he will be charged with criminal contempt in the ongoing civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio.