Judge’s New Order Makes It Harder for Obama to Restart Immigration Moves

Joseph Tanfani, Los Angeles Times, March 10, 2015

After President Obama in November announced plans to shelter millions of people from the threat of deportation, immigration officials wasted no time in carrying them out.

Thousands of young people who had applied for two-year reprieves from deportation instead were given three years free from the threat of being kicked out of the country. About 100,000 applications were approved before last month, when U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Texas ordered a freeze on Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Now, the administration’s disclosure that it approved those applications has added yet another complication, and potentially weeks of more delays, to its attempts to restart the ambitious immigration initiatives. Hanen said in a filing this week that he wanted Justice Department lawyers to “fully explain” why they didn’t mention the three-year permits before last week.

He set a hearing for March 19. In the meantime, plans for the immigration program remain on hold because of Hanen’s order in a lawsuit filed by Texas and two dozen other states accusing the president of overstepping his authority to create what amounts to a new law without congressional approval. Hanen stopped the program while the lawsuit plays out.


Obama announced last fall that he was using his executive power to grant three-year work permits and temporary protection from deportation to about 4 million adults who are parents of U.S. citizens and have lived in the country for at least five years. He said the program was simply an extension of his authority to prioritize immigration enforcement; the administration says there is no practical way to deport all 11 million people living here illegally.

Obama also said at the time that he would issue the same protections to a group of immigrants who came here as young people, an expansion of 2012’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. About 300,000 more people would be eligible under the expanded eligibility rules; the Homeland Security Department later announced it would begin accepting applications from those people starting Feb. 18.

However, the memo also said the change from two years of protection to three years would take effect immediately.


The current wrangling is over what Justice Department lawyers told the judge during recent hearings as scheduling matters were discussed. In January, lawyers said nothing would be happening before Feb. 18.

Last week, government lawyers, “in an abundance of caution,” disclosed to Hanen that they had been granting the three-year permits since November to DACA applicants who qualified under the 2012 rules. The talk of the Feb. 18 date “may have led to confusion,” said the brief signed by six Justice Department lawyers.


Hanen has made clear his hostility to the executive actions, and the administration is anxious to move on and make its case at the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. But the matter may remain in Hanen’s court; the states have asked permission to dig further into the administration’s moves.


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  • listenupbub

    I work as a laborer right now. We just got a new batch of Hispanics working under a contractor with us. It is obvious that they are illegal.

    I am just shaking my head, here. All they have to do to get some legal workers is put an ad up on craigslist.

    They also look different from our mexicans. They have strawy hair, slanty eyes, and are very dark.

    • Chip Carver

      As the hordes from Latin America roll in, the individuals are increasingly meso-American “Indians” with no White blood at all. Whites are literally going to have to fight the “redskins” all over again at some point.

      • Bossman

        They are the First Americans and the job of assimilating them is not yet over. The story of America is still being written.

        • 李冠毅

          Whoever were the First Americans have yet to be confirmed. Evidence have surfaced that ancient Europeans may have been much more adventurous than previously thought. A few years ago, I read in a science paper that a university discovered fossils of ancient Europeans a few thousand years old on American soil. Shortly after the discovery, a lawsuit followed, in which Native Americans attempted to get a court order to confiscate the fossils from the university. This is because the presence of the fossils suggest that Europeans may have set foot on America before the Native Americans, and were wiped out by the Native Americans who wanted the land for themselves. If that’s the case, then Whites colonizing America was well-deserved karma for the Native Americans.

          That’s not all. I also read that in the 1980s, a wreckage of an ancient Roman ship was discovered in the harbor of Rio de Janeiro. But before it could be further investigated, the Brazilian government buried the wreckage, as the presence of said wreckage conflicts with their version of “history” that their country was colonized by the Portuguese, not the Romans.

          • John Smith

            Kennewick Man – he was determined not to be “white” but most closely related to the Ainu and Aleuts, but still different than most other native groups. The Ainu are much more hirsute than other Asians, so there may be some more distant common ancestor with Indo-Europeans.

        • Alexandra1973

          Considering that there was once a supercontinent (the idea of Pangaea doesn’t run contrary to Scripture), that’s moot.

          They have their borders, we have ours.

          You seem to think borders are a bad idea. Well–good fences make good neighbors.

    • Bossman

      Yes, I’ve seen those; they must be full-blooded Indians of the Meso-American type. But generally their eyes are less slanted than real East Asians. Still, those kind of people are less threatening to me than Chinese and Filipinos. I doubt that such simple and humble people have any plans to take over North America.

      • listenupbub

        Yeah, they’re tiny little things. The mexicans are not so much. And these little guys are not the types to demand everyone speak in Spanish to them, and to tear down American flags.

        The immigration from Asia is very uncalled for. We already have a massive surplus of STEM and high-IQ people in our country.

        It is obvious that the powers that be are at war with traditional white America.

        • LHathaway

          Some of those indian women (from who knows where originally) are insanely attractive, but they are just sooo small. Plus, almost all of the immigrants moving here (millions every year) are male. If one were so inclined one, would have a better chance contacting them back in the home country via some kind of mail order bride scheme.

      • LHathaway

        lol, that’s likely what Native American’s said upon first seeing Whites, “these simply and humble outsiders have no chance of taking over this vast land of ours”.

        • John Smith

          Any group given a numerical advantage will do the same – human nature and basic economics all at once.

          • LHathaway

            You sound like a scientist . . . nice job. . . hamming it up?

          • John Smith

            Not any more.

      • 李冠毅

        Hmm, many of you seem to believe that all East Asians have “slanted” eyes. However, not all of us have the stereotypical slant eyes, any more than all White people have blue eyes (check out photos of Zhao Wei, Zhang Ziyi, and Fan Bingbing). I myself have eyes which are as big as your typical European eyes.

  • dd121

    If the Republicans ever get in power, I hope they remember these judges who have stood up for the law.

    • Dwight

      Yes, but remember, most Republicans are fully on board with illegal immigration. They want Obama to take the fall for it but they are backing him up by doing nothing to stop him. They want the same massive pool of cheap labor that Obama and the Democrats do.

      • SentryattheGate

        There is that internal fight within the Republican party over immigration. We have to support those that oppose mass legal and illegal immigration. In my southern state, Hispanic activists went to the capital with fake caskets painted black and signs that read: “RIP GOP”; rubbing in the point that if Republicans don’t support amnesty, it would be the death knell for the party.Hispanics know that the Republicans stand in their way!

  • WR_the_realist

    Obama’s approach to “prioritizing immigration law enforcement” is to not enforce immigration law at all. He was doing this back before 2012 too, so nobody who wants immigration law enforced had any excuse to vote for him a second time.

  • Dwight

    So, in other words, Obama was already breaking the law earlier than expected and got caught. Groovey.

    Then there is this, “… the administration says there is no practical way to deport all 11 million people living here illegally.”

    Totally bogus. Take away all the candy that attracts illegal immigrants in the first place and they will self-deport.

    • libertarian1234

      That would be as effective as picking them up and dumping them across the border.

      And requiring businesses to verify SS numbers BEFORE hiring and penalizing them with heavy fines if they do not.

      That we have to deport them physically to get rid of them is nonsense.

      • SentryattheGate

        All those MILLIONS of illegals were allowed to enter. The powers that be DO NOT intend to send them back! Besides, 4 presidents have signed on to the North American Union (aka Security and Prosperity Partnership, and lately a new name; to throw off publicity) (like the EU), which intends to erase the borders between Canada, Mexico and US!

      • kikz2

        apparently you missed the NPR article stating that 6.5 mil over the age of 112 are still alive……even though there have only been 40.. in history… http://hartnation(dot)com/6-5-million-still-collecting-social-security-and-all-are-older-than-112/

        • InAFreeCountry

          It’s a miracle!

          • John Smith

            All that taco sauce is a miracle cure.

    • kikz2

      no more anchor babies…..to begin with.

    • John Smith

      They pulled a version of that with the M855 ammo ban too, already publishing it into the federal register for presumed rubber stamp approval. Too bad they got caught on that sleight of hand as well.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Thank God we have this good judge who loves America.

    • A Freespeechzone

      It’s only a matter of time before Obama ignores him and his ruling…..

      Obama ignores the Constitution on a regular basis and gets away with it…..few in Congress will even challenge him or the illegals; they are afraid of being called ‘racists’.

      As much as I’d like to think otherwise, I think it’s over…..not enough Americans cared enough to sacrifice whatever it takes to ‘protect and preserve the Constitution’ and the rule of law….

      • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

        sad but true. Obama has no shame.

      • Growing up in Hawaii with wealthy grandparents must have been very hard on him.

  • MekongDelta69

    NoBama misinformed someone about something he ordered by dictat?!? Really?!?

    Noooooooo. That can’t be. He would never do anything like that.

    [Do you really need a /sarc here?]

  • fgbrunner3

    Obama is an anti-American tyrant. Everyone in the DOJ should resign.