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Arpaio Aims to Halt Immigration Order  12/22 07:11

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Arizona sheriff is trying to halt President Barack 
Obama's plans to spare nearly 5 million immigrants from deportation.

   A lawyer for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PEYE'-oh) will try 
Monday to convince a federal court judge nominated by Obama that the 
immigration system is not really broken. It's the first courtroom battle for 
the program announced by Obama last month. It prioritizes removal of immigrants 
who threaten national security or public safety.

   Arpaio sees the program as a way for more immigrants to enter the country 
illegally and commit crimes, burdening law enforcement. Arpaio says more than 
35 percent of immigrants living illegally in his county who would up in jail in 
2014 were repeat offenders.

   The Obama administration says Arpaio's position is speculative and 
unsubstantiated.  


(KA)


 
 
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