DOJ attorney Kathleen Hartnett told U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen that three-year reprieves for thousands of illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. when they were children had not gone into effect yet, and the DOJ was supposedly waiting on the legality of their citizenship… which had been challenged by half the states. When Judge Hanen realized what she said was a TOTAL LIE, and the reprieves had actually already gone into effect, he was mad as Hell.
His question is: Can I trust what the president says?”
Obama’s executive actions would spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally. Many Republicans oppose the actions, saying only Congress has the right to take such sweeping action. Twenty-six states led by Texas joined together to challenge them as unconstitutional. Hanen on Feb. 16 sided with the states, issuing a preliminary injunction blocking Obama’s actions.
Hanen chided Justice Department attorney Kathleen Hartnett for telling him at a January hearing before the injunction was issued that nothing would be happening with regard to one key part of Obama’s actions, an expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, until Feb. 18.
“Like an idiot I believed that,” Hanen said.
“Can I trust what the president says? That’s a yes or no question,” Hanen asked.
“Yes your honor,” Hartnett replied.
The states asked that Hanen consider issuing sanctions because Justice Department attorneys had made “representations (that) proved not to be true or at a minimum less than forthcoming,” said Angela Colmenero, a lawyer with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the lead attorney for the states.
Hanen said he would issue a ruling “promptly” on what action, if any, he will take against the Justice Department. READ MORE COMMENTARY