Newsmax -- Cathy Burke

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's sweeping orders that protect millions of illegal aliens — dismissed by a federal judge last month — is back on the front burner, with an appeals court Wednesday ordering an accelerated hearing in the constitutional case.

Larry Klayman, Arpaio's lawyer and founder of the watchdog group Freedom Watch, had argued an expedited hearing schedule for an appeal was crucial to prevent the immigration orders from taking effect this spring.

"It is a big victory to Sheriff Arpaio and indeed the American people that the D.C. Circuit recognized the need for this case to be quickly resolved before Obama's unconstitutional amnesty program goes into full effect…" Klayman said in a statement.

"There are constitutional issues of great magnitude at stake and we are confident that the D.C. Circuit will put a legal stop to this illegal activity, which seeks to end-run congressional authority. I am grateful for Sheriff Arpaio's courage in pursuing this very necessary legal action."

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Updated: Mon, Jul 24th 2017 @ 2:53pm EDT