The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced that it will not take up a lawsuit filed by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio challenging President Obama’s executive actions allowing certain undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States without fear of deportation.
Arpaio, known for his anti-immigrant sentiments and birtherism, has asked the courts to block the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs, which allow those undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and parents of permanent residents to defer their deportation from the country. Arpaio argued that the programs motivated immigrants to come to the U.S. He also said that the program would result in police arresting more undocumented immigrants for crimes, which would burden law enforcement and impact available jail space.
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 in July settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice, which alleged that the sheriff had discriminated against Hispanic immigrants during traffic stops.