Arpaio sues Obama over immigration executive order

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama over his executive order on immigration.

"There are actions I have the legal authority to take as president -- the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me -- that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just. Tonight, I am announcing those actions," Obama said Thursday night.

Arpaio questions the constitutionality of Obama's order. He also wonders how the federal government would keep track of the millions of immigrants and how they would stop the flow of more people coming into the country illegally.

Arpaio's complaint, filed in Washington, D.C., says Obama's immigration programs are "unconstitutional abuses of the President's role in our nation's constitutional architecture and exceed the powers of the President within the U.S. Constitution."

In a statement, Arpaio said the executive order will "severely strain our resources, both in manpower and financially, necessary to protect the citizens I was elected to serve."

He also said among the many negative effects will be the "increased release of criminal aliens back onto streets of Maricopa County, Arizona, and the rest of the nation."

Arpaio claims he will not use taxpayers' dollars in the lawsuit.

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