A federal appeals court has intervened on the side of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a case pertaining to his efforts to enforce America's immigration laws.
Overturning a judgement from a previous ruling, the court lifted an injunction placed on workplace raids conducted by the Maricopa County sheriff. Justified as a necessary measure to track down illegal immigrants who use fake ID's and stolen Social Security numbers to work, the raids have drawn criticism from liberals and pro-immigrant activists.
Determined to keep Arpaio from carrying out such raids, Puente Arizona, the ACLU and other left-wing groups filed a lawsuit against him, County Attorney Bill Montgomery and the state government in 2014, which resulted in District Court Judge David Campbell barring the defendants from apprehending illegals on the job.
Unfortunately for the defendants, the appeals court found their claims without merit and disposed of the order, allowing Arpaio to resume the raids after a period of 21 days.
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