DHS Ignored Judge’s Order and Granted Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants

It seems that an executive order for amnesty trumps a judge’s ruling on the Constitution.

From the Washington Times: “DHS broke judge’s order, approved amnesty applications despite injunction.”

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.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it was “remarkable” that the administration kept approving some applications.

“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.”

He has written a letter to Mr. Johnson asking the department to turn over all of its communications about implementing the three-year policy.

The Justice Department didn’t respond to a request for comment Friday, but Homeland Security officials said Mr. Johnson has asked his department’s inspector general to investigate what went wrong.

Who will go to jail for this? Who will lose his job, pension, and perks? Who will be impeached? If the answer is “no one” why should any American citizen ever follow another ruling or directive of any form passed down to us by a completely rogue and lawless Administration?

Wow, talk about a 14th Amendment, “equal protection” case! When do we average citizens get the freedom to break any law we don’t like—whenever we choose—and to disobey orders from Federal judges with no penalties? Inquiring minds want to know.

[Editor’s note: Remember, Obama actually threatened Federal employees who obeyed the court order.]