Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona got some very good news this week when a federal court reversed a ban on his workplace raids.
According to Arizona Central, panel of judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a preliminary injunction on Monday that was issued last year by U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell which basically blocked Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio from conducting his raids.
“I’m happy with the decision,” Arpaio said after the ruling. “I’m looking at all the options.”
Before the ban, Arpaio’s work-site identity-theft enforcement unit conducted an estimated 83 operations and arrested more than 780 people. However, liberals criticized the unit for targeting low-level employees at businesses such as restaurants and car washes, rather than their employers.
Campbell’s injunction banned Arpaio’s deputies from executing their workplace raids and Montgomery’s office from using the laws to prosecute. Monday’s ruling acknowledged that though some applications of the laws may conflict with the federal government, this wasn’t the case when they were used to prosecute U.S. citizens.
“These bills were passed, at least in part, in an effort to solve some of Arizona’s problems stemming from illegal immigration,” the opinion stated. “But these bills were also aimed at curbing the growing and well-documented problem of identity theft in Arizona.”
The case will now be sent back to a lower U.S. District Court for review.
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