WASHINGTON (CN) - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sued President Obama on Thursday, claiming the president's proposed immigration reforms are unconstitutional.
Arpaio, whose neighborhood raids and arrests of immigrants have brought hundreds of lawsuits against him, plus a federal investigation and rebuke from a judge, claims that Obama's proposals are an unconstitutional abuse of presidential power.
The president on Thursday night proposed short-term relief for about 4.7 million immigrants who can prove they have been here for 5 years or more with a clean record, and other restrictions.
Arpaio's lawsuit challenges not only the proposals Obama announced Thursday night in a speech to the nation, but also the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program of 2012.
"Even where Congress has granted authority to the executive branch, these programs are ultra vires, exceeding the bounds of delegated authority," Arpaio's lawsuit claims. "While defendant Obama hijacks the language of previous immigration regulation and law, defendant Obama fundamentally transforms the definition of key terms to create a radically new and different regime of immigration law and regulation."
Arpaio's lawsuit was filed by Larry Klayman.
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