The federal judge who threw a monkey wrench into President Obama’s sweeping immigration edict in February turned down the government’s request to allow the program to go forward during the court process – and accused the Obama administration’s lawyers of being dishonest in the asking.
According to Fox News, District Judge Andrew Hanen, based in Brownsville, Texas, wrote Tuesday that he’d found no reason to lift his injunction to allow the government to start implementing the executive action Obama announced in November, shortly after his party lost control of the Senate in midterm elections.
Hanen also said the Justice Department’s lawyers arguing the case had been “misleading” about the status of an amnesty program Hanen’s February ruling prohibited. The government lawyers had to admit last month that more than 100,000 illegal aliens had been granted work permits for employment in the country, despite Hanen’s order.
They argued in court that the work permits had been granted under guidelines written in 2012, two years before he issued the injunction against Obama’s executive action. Hanen clearly didn’t buy it, according to the Monitor.
“This Court expects all parties, including the Government of the United States, to act in a forthright manner and not hide behind deceptive representations and half-truths,” Hanen wrote in an order filed Tuesday. “That is why, whatever the motive for the Government’s actions in this matter, the Court is extremely troubled by the multiple representations made by the Government’s counsel ― both in writing and orally ― that no action would be taken …”
The Los Angeles Times reported that Hanen “said he would not throw out the government’s pleadings, even though that was ‘perhaps merited based upon the government’s misconduct.'”
He gave the Justice attorneys until April 21 to give him more information about the work permits, including information on when each draft of the legal advisory authorizing them was written, edited or revised. Hanen also asked for a list of each person who knew about the advisory.
As harsh as the judge was, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton went even further, Fox reported.
“The Obama Administration’s blatant misrepresentations to the court about its implementation of expanded work permits for illegal immigrants under the president’s lawless amnesty plan reflects a pattern of disrespect for the rule of law in America,” he said in a statement.
“As the judge has affirmed, once put into effect, President Obama’s executive amnesty program will be virtually impossible to reverse.”
The Justice Department’s appeal of Hanen’s injunction is scheduled to be heard in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans on April 17.
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