DHS Broke Judge’s Order, Approved Amnesty Applications Despite Injunction

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, May 8, 2015

President Obama’s lawyers admitted to a federal judge late Thursday that they had broken the court’s injunction halting the administration’s new deportation amnesty, issuing thousands of work permits even after Judge Andrew S. Hanen had ordered the program stopped.

The stunning admission, filed just before midnight in Texas, where the case is being heard, is the latest misstep for the administration’s lawyers, who are facing possible sanctions by Judge Hanen for their continued problems in arguing the case.

The Justice Department lawyers said Homeland Security, which is the defendant in the case, told them Wednesday that an immigration agency had approved about 2,000 applications for three-year work permits, which was part of Mr. Obama’s new amnesty, even after Judge Hanen issued his Feb. 16 injunction halting the entire program.

Top Obama officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, had repeatedly assured Congress they had fully halted the program and were complying with the order.

“The government sincerely regrets these circumstances and is taking immediate steps to remedy these erroneous three-year terms,” the administration lawyers said.

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Homeland Security officials also said they’re going back to try to revoke the three-year permits and reissue them as two-year permits instead.

Judge Hanen had already been pondering whether to sanction the Justice Department lawyers after they admitted to misleading him–they said inadvertently–on more than 100,000 amnesty applications approved between the Nov. 20 date Mr. Obama announced the new program and the Feb. 16 date the judge issued his injunction.

Thursday’s filing, however, appears to be worse, since it breaks a direct injunction, and comes two months after the judge began to scrutinize the administration lawyers’ behavior after that first instance.

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Last week the administration turned over documents related to how it got the initial processing of the more than 100,000 applications wrong–but told the judge that neither he nor the state of Texas, the chief plaintiff that sued to stop the amnesty, should be allowed to look at the documents because they are privileged communications.

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  • No Mo

    Our government no longer obeys its own laws.

  • Tannenbaum

    Jeez, you’d think this was a nation of laws, or something.

  • Luca D.

    Just get a ladder and add this to the pile of illegal, destructive things the Obama administration has done since its inception.

  • Now hold this thought.

    Even if this goes all the way to SCOTUS and they rule against Obama, what is going to stop Obama from doing it anyway? He spits in the face of Andrew Hanen, so why wouldn’t he spit in the face of SCOTUS? They issue a contempt of court citation against him. Then what? Obama’s FBI is going to arrest their boss?

    • DonReynolds

      No…..the US Marshal Service works for the courts, not the FBI.
      Then we can say we have become a banana republic in the turd world.

    • Lexonaut

      “Even if this goes all the way to SCOTUS and they rule against Obama, what is going to stop Obama from doing it anyway?”

      Nothing.

    • Eric Holder was cited for contempt of congress, and the hack in Washington DC refused to serve it. He said it was “just a piece of paper”.

  • MekongDelta69

    Batches? We dun’ need no steenkin’ batches.”

  • dd121

    This fracturing of the law are the cracks in the dam. Politicians don’t follow the law or judicial rulings. Here in Colorado the politicians decide to ignore federal law in order to legalize pot.
    This can only lead us to a bad place.

    • DonReynolds

      One of the several causes of the civil war (last time) was nullification of Federal law…..specifically the nullification of the Fugitive Slave Law by Northern states.

      The pot heads can say whatever they like and even get it on the ballot in the more Liberal states, but that does nothing to the Federal Drug Laws. Were the Choom King not in the Oval Office, the Feds would be enforcing the drug laws in the several states who claim to have legalized pot.

      Were it possible to exclude a state from Federal law, I am pretty sure Texas and Tennessee would exclude themselves from the Internal Revenue Act, since they have no state income tax.

  • WR_the_realist

    The Democrats feel free to break the law because they know the Republicans will do nothing to stop them, and the courts on their own can’t stop a rogue president. Remember the enforcement of laws is left to the executive branch of the federal government, and it is that executive branch that is now totally out of control.

    • Who Me?

      The Reps already said that “impeachment is off the table” as far as Obama and his immigration policies are concerned, so he now has free reign to do anything his little heart desires, and nobody is going to lift a finger to stop him. “Full speed ahead, Cliff coming up…yippee!”

    • DonReynolds

      Clearly, our Federal system of government has serious flaws and central to these is an inability to correct themselves when they run off the road entirely.

    • Lexonaut

      “The Democrats feel free to break the law because they know the Republicans will do nothing to stop them.”

      Which is why it doesn’t matter whether you color your vote D or R. There’s a difference between what the parties say, but none in what they do, especially when it comes to government spending, which is out of control with the express permission of the Republicans.

      As I like to observe from time to time, only a genuine died-in-the-wool non-RINO conservative like Sarah Palin has any chance of saving the nation, and that only as the candidate of a third party that is beyond the reach of the RINOs.

      If Palin can’t be drafted and elected as head of a third party — if a third party stands no chance whatsoever — then the nation is doomed because the dollar unavoidably will collapse. When it does, expect revolution followed by dictatorship.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Make NO mistake they WILL force you to obey laws—unless you are black, rioting, looting and burning.

    Liberals only obey laws they agree—look at Obama.

  • haroldcrews

    If the Obama regime had any respect for the law it would be enforcing the current immigration laws and would secure the border. It’s a given that it has zero respect for the law regardless of whether the law was written by Congress or being applied by a judge.

  • DonReynolds

    Hopefully, the Federal judge will not like getting spit in face by Homeland Security and will order US Marshals to lock down the facility and confiscate the freaking forms that are used to mail out the amnesty papers. Then arrest Jeh Johnson and toss him in Federal detention for “contempt of court”……was he would do to you or I……for as long as it takes to backtrack these amnesties.

  • DonReynolds

    I live for the day when none of the laws have any effect and every Liberal will wish to heaven that some were still enforced.

  • Eagle1212

    If I break the law, I don’t get special treatment but illegals who come here illegally by crossing the border and committing crimes and stealing jobs here do get special treatment? It all goes down to the sheer stupidity that this country is already facing.

  • Jason Lewis

    Wait till HIlary is in there.

  • Sid Ishus

    Sam Francis was dead right about Anarcho-Tyranny.

  • zamzow

    The white genocide project will not be stopped by a mere federal judge. Of course if an ordinary citizen defied a direct injunction issued by a federal judge the jailhouse and contempt charge would fly so fast their head would spin. There are now two sets of laws in the US. One for the elites an one for the rest of us schlubs.

    • Lexonaut

      Any relation to DEC sales training manager Craig Zamzow?

      • zamzow

        No I thought Zamzow was an Indian chief form the 1800’s

  • Usually Much Calmer

    “We president now”, that’s why.

  • Hammerheart

    They’re setting a great example. Now we don’t have to obey the decisions of judicial officials.

    • Lexonaut

      “Now we don’t have to obey the decisions of judicial officials.”

      You’re forgetting about class differences. As Voltaire said, the law guarantees rich and poor alike the right to sleep under a bridge.

  • This Dinan slug “continued problems” and “erroneous” were used in his Washington Times article, but the term “contempt of court” seems a bit more fitting.

    • Lexonaut

      I think you’re being very unfair. Remember, a respected member of the Newspaper of Record also said “[the] stunning admission, filed just before midnight in Texas, where the case is being heard, is the latest misstep for the administration’s
      lawyers.”

      It’s a mistake, Michael — a misstep, so give the administration a break. Everybody makes mistakes — even the Clinton Foundation accountants.

      • Orcs are by nature unfair, my dear friend. It was part of the process which made us such in the first place. I don’t recommend it.

  • GrimmTale

    “…the chief plaintiff that sued to stop the amnesty, should [not] be allowed to look at the documents because they are privileged communications…”

    Yeah, the most transparent administration EVER! What a bunch of BS.
    Jeh Johnson is the worst thing that ever happened to DHS. I’m a USBP employee here in Tucson AZ, and the havoc he has placed upon our agency is unmeasurable! (Even Janet Napolitano wasn’t able to drag our agency into the ground as efficiently as he has.) We have BPA’s exiting in droves, & BPA’s who remain have their mission’s elements so constricted, they can no longer complete their missions. Johnson’s colluding with Obama on immigration was the biggest slap-in-the-face our agency could ever withstand….and we’ve had some BIG slaps over the years!

  • Lexonaut

    “… they’re going back to try to revoke the three-year permits and reissue them as two-year permits instead.”

    Something tells me they’re not going to be able to succeed in that effort. In fact, something tells me that all the paperwork associated with this entire incident might just have gotten lost som how, for some mysterious reason that will require further study and investigation …

    … All the paperwork except, of course, for the issued permits themselves. However, those are going to be extremely difficult to track down since nobody knows the names of the 15,000 2,000 permit recipients.

  • Hilis Hatki

    “Homeland Security officials also said they’re going back to try to revoke the three-year permits and reissue them as two-year permits instead.”

    They will probably give them good paying jobs.

    • WR_the_realist

      They should revoke the three year permits and give them 0 year permits.

  • Yeah, the Obamaistas are starting their junta.

  • Poupon Marx

    The next election will be the last chance for America to return to being America. After that, it will be too late, with only “exceptional efforts” to restore it, and stop it from becoming a Third World Arjunktina.

  • LS Wight

    #DiversityMeansChasingDownTheLastWhitePerson

  • Judge Hanen needs to have prosecutors hit these creeps with RICO laws.