Andrew Hanen, the same Texas judge who momentarily halted President Obama’s executive amnesty plans, has ordered the Justice Department back into his courthouse to explain why the administration hid the awarding of three-year amnesties to over 100,000 illegal immigrants.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had previously submitted a legal request in which he charged the administration with issuing expanded work permits prior to a February 16th injunction, something that was “in direct contradiction to what they told a federal judge.”
Government attorneys explained that officials wouldn’t accept such requests under Obama’s action until Feb. 18.
As a result, Judge Hanen wants an explanation.
Via the Associated Press:
The judge who blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration has ordered the Justice Department to answer allegations the government misled him about part of the plan.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen has ordered federal government lawyers to appear in his court March 19 in Brownsville. The hearing is in response to a filing last week in which the government acknowledged some deportation reprieves were granted before Hanen’s Feb. 16 injunction.
Government attorneys had previously said officials wouldn’t accept such requests under Obama’s action until Feb. 18.
Hanen wrote that, “Due to the seriousness of the matters discussed therein, the Court will not rule on any other pending motions until it is clear that these matters, if true, do not impact the pending matters or any rulings previously made by this Court.”
Hanen then ordered Justice Department lawyers to “be prepared to fully explain to this Court all of the matters addressed in and circumstances surrounding” the notice the feds sent the judge.
At the very least, this latest action by the Texas judge delays a decision on the legality of Obama’s amnesty through work permits, keeps his block in effect temporarily, and could further delay a Supreme Court ruling on the state lawsuit in 2016.
Currently, 26 states are suing the White House in an attempt to stop Obama’s executive amnesty plan.