Even after a court ordered the Obama Administration to stop their illegal amnesty program, they didn’t listen. Instead, they handed out 2,000 expanded immigrant work permit authorizations despite the order.
“The Government sincerely regrets these circumstances and is taking immediate steps to remedy these erroneous three-year terms,” the Department of Justice wrote in a court advisory filed in the Southern District of Texas.
It comes after Judge Andrew Hanen halted Obama’s executive order, ending the deportations of illegal aliens and providing them with expanded access to work permits. A federal appeals court heard oral arguments in April and has yet to make a ruling.
President Obama announced the amnesty, expanding on a previous amnesty for Dreamers. That initial program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, granted Dreamers a two-year stay of deportation and work permits allowing them legally to take jobs in the U.S. The judge halted the program April 17, ruling Obama had overstepped his powers in granting legal status with “benefits and privileges” to millions of illegal aliens. However, the initial Dreamer program is still in place, and still covers more than 600,000 illegal aliens.
This isn’t the first time though that the DOJ has issued a clarification to the court.
Department of Home Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the agency’s intent to immediately issue three-year expansions in a November memo. However, DOJ lawyers told the court the agency wouldn’t be processing any new applications until mid-February, leading Hanen to refuse to lift the hold in April and accusing the Obama administration of misleading the court.
Critics of the President’s immigration actions saw something much different from an honest mistake. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement:
“Ignoring Congress in rewriting immigration law, contradicting the President’s own statements that the Executive lacked the power to do so, and misleading a federal court – not once, but multiple times – the Obama Administration has established a pattern of renegade behavior making it clear it sees itself entirely above the rule of law. We will continue to fight back against this lawless behavior to prevent the implementation of this amnesty plan, which sets a dangerous precedent and would have disastrous consequences for Texas and every other state in America.”
Meanwhile, Johnson asked the DHS’s inspector general to investigate how the “erroneous” work permit authorizations came to be issued — and yet the lawlessness continues.