Sanity finally prevailed in Arizona on Monday when a federal judge lifted another judge’s previously instituted ban that had blocked Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio from conducting raids on workplaces that knowingly or unknowingly employed illegal immigrants.
According to The Arizona Republic, the original lawsuit filed by civil rights grievance mongers argued against state laws that made it a felony for illegal immigrants to use stolen identities to acquire employment.
Last year, U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell ruled in favor of the lawsuit and imposed a preliminary injunction blocking Arpaio from conducting any more raids. The poorly conceived injunction also led to more than 200 identity-theft cases being thrown out of court.
Thankfully, a panel of judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the previous ruling Monday, thus making it possible for the sheriff to continue rooting out and prosecuting illegals.
“These bills were passed, at least in part, in an effort to solve some of Arizona’s problems stemming from illegal immigration,” the judges wrote. “But these bills were also aimed at curbing the growing and well-documented problem of identity theft in Arizona.”
“I’m happy with the decision,” Arpaio said, though he had reportedly already disbanded his “work-site identity-theft enforcement unit” before the injunction was even imposed.
He added, “I’m looking at all the options.”
Hopefully, bringing his team back together is one of those options, since his squad helped bust 780 identity-stealing illegal criminals.
One of the grievance mongers, organizing director Francisca Porchas of “human rights organization” Puente Arizona, reportedly called the judges’ decision “cruel, unjust and degrading” — and also pledged to have the case reheard.
Actually, most Americans probably think that coming into the country illegally and then stealing its citizens’ identities is “cruel, unjust and degrading,” but hey, what do they know?
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