Obama administration admits it defied a judge’s injunction


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The law is such an inconvenient thing: Lawyers for the Obama administration admitted yesterday that Homeland Security had continued to issue work permits to illegal aliens even after a judge’s injunction had specifically ordered them to stop.

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 judge has been considering sanctions against the lawyers for previously misleading them on a related matter. To my mind, he is being remarkably kind. The Obama administrations actions here are a direct violation of the law. He is within his rights to charge these lawyers and a number of high officials in Homeland Security with contempt, and have them serve time in prison.

In fact, this contempt for the law by the Obama administration is not going to stop until someone is put into jail for a bit. That would make a lot of people think twice before they followed orders from above that were blatantly illegal, as these orders clearly were.

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2 comments

  • Cotour

    Reality really is different inside of the Washington Beltway. Obama purposefully pushes the limits of his power and Congress is supposed to push back, Congress is the only force that is designed to counter the presidents power. And here we see another reality of being before the law for Congress:

    https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/05/07/congress-argues-cant-investigated-insider-trading/

    This may seem and actually be “unfair” or inequitable as viewed from the outside but these are some of the loop holes that come to be in the running of such an entity.

  • Max

    I know I’ve asked this before, is the president subject to the law, or above the law?

    His actions speak louder than any definition or conjecture. His blatant disregard for constitutional ideals and the rule of law is his norm. There is no “Authority” higher than his, and therefore none who can take him down. Any who try will go down with him for they already have forfeited their oversight power when tested in the past and now have too much ill-gotten gains to lose in the present. In for a penny, in for a pound. They will all hang together or hang separately.
    Now all is left to do is to divide the spoils.

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