DHS Violates Court Injunction

Constitution w gavelJust when you thought the corruption and lawlessness of the Obama administration had reached its zenith, they up their game by defying the orders of a federal court judge.  Who am I kidding?  Anyone not in a coma for the last six years (or a Democrat) recognizes the current administration believes the Constitution does not apply to them — especially that pesky Article III giving courts judicial power in “all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution.”

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.

Sincerely regrets?  The only regrets here are they got caught like the proverbial child with his hand in the cookie jar.  However, acting in defiance of a court order is much more than pilfering a snickerdoodle, a point not lost on Sen. Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The last time I checked, injunctions are not mere suggestions. They are not optional,” the Iowa Republican said. “This disregard for the court’s action is unacceptable and disturbing, especially after Secretary Johnson’s assurances that his agency would honor the injunction.”

I suspect the administration’s tepid apology will hold even less sway with the court, or help the cause DOJ lawyers already in deep kimchi over lying to the same judge who issued the injunction.

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.

Read the full story by The Washington Times staff member, Stephen Dinan, here.

About those “immediate steps to remedy these erroneous three-year terms,” DHS has that covered.

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.

Well, “covered” may be a bit of a stretch; but they are going to try.  I am not holding my breath.

Dennis P. O’Neil

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10 Responses to DHS Violates Court Injunction

  1. upaces88 says:

    Again! I am just flabbergasted!! When will this lawlessness end!!!

  2. Uriel says:

    If this is allowed to pass on without consequence (firing DHS top management) our legal system will be just as ineffective as congress and the executive branch will now be in unrestrained control.

  3. Just Gene says:

    (firing DHS top management) MY ASS – PRISON

  4. Grouchy says:

    The obomination said it was his intent to “fundamentally transform America”.
    Well, guess what~! He has. Morally, Ethically, and even psychologically.
    But the “Silent Majority” has not reared up on its hind legs and barked, yet,,, It is NOT “game over”.

  5. Kathy says:

    How does changing the work permits from 3 years to 2 years comply with the Judge’s orders to halt the entire program? Confused here…

  6. 219rad says:

    Referring to the following: Anyone not in a coma for the last six years (or a Democrat) recognizes the current administration believes the Constitution does not apply to them — especially that pesky Article III giving courts judicial power in “all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution.”

    We the people need to wake up. If we haven’t realized what is going on since the inception of the current Obamination, then we deserve what is happening. Everything that is going on against, and around our Constitution has been telegraphed to the hilt by his majesty. There is absolutely nothing currently going on that the administration hasn’t said was going to happen, yet we try to take the moral high ground and hope they will fight fairly.

    We are trying to win battles using our Constitution as a guide. This is totally wrong. The rules of engagement have been changed and our Constitution has been trashed. If we don’t start fighting fire with fire we as a nation are doomed to live as THEY want us to live. Not until we institute the cleansing of this once great nation will we be able to take back and uphold our Constitution.

    Not only the entire administration, all branches of gov’t need to be cleansed, new term limits set, gov’t pensions frozen as they are in the private sector, states to take back their authority and not be held hostage or extorted by the feds as what is happening with the Times Square electronic billboards right now. Colorado should not have given up most of their 2nd Amendment rights to get a couple of planes to fight wild fires. It just goes on and on.

    Wake up America!!!!!

  7. Clyde says:

    H.Jesus Christ. WHEN THE F*@K is some judge going to have the COJONES to start putting these CRIMINALS behind bars ? Assholes, the entire Regime, and ESPECIALLY those who will NOT hold their frigging feet to the fire. Goddamn stupid GOPe’ers anyway.

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