Just 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