Friday, March 6, 2015


By Julian Aguilar
The Texas Tribune
Attorneys for the state of Texas say the federal government jumped the gun on starting President Obama's controversial executive order on immigration, then misled a federal judge about it. On Thursday, they asked a federal court to grant them quick access to more details on what happened.

On Feb. 16, Brownsville-based U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen temporarily halted the president’s executive action on immigration that was announced in November. The first phase of the program, an expanded version of 2012’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was set to begin on Feb. 18. The expanded DACA that Hanen halted included three provisions: removing the age cap of 31 years, moving up the date by which applicants needed to be in the country from June 2007 to January 2010, and granting three-year work permits and reprieves from deportation instead of the original two-year term.

In their request for early discovery filed on Thursday, the state’s attorneys argue that in discussions with the court leading up to Hanen’s decision, the Obama administration said it would not begin accepting applications for the program until February. But in an advisory filed on Tuesday by the White House’s own attorneys, they stated that between Nov. 24 and Feb. 16, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services granted about 100,000 three-year deferred action requests.

The state argues that the administration misled the court.

“In an apparent attempt to quickly execute President Obama’s unlawful, unconstitutional amnesty plan, the Obama Administration appears to have already been issuing expanded work permits, in direct contradiction to what they told a federal judge previously in this litigation,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “The circumstances behind this must be investigated, and the motion we seek would help us determine to what extent the Administration might have misrepresented the facts in this case.”


Anonymous said...

It is the right-wing of the Republican Party initiating chaos-confusion ; simply put they don't like the President of the United States of America.

Anonymous said...

That Obama would try and pull a fast one on the court should not come as a surprise. He promised transparency and openness, but delivered 6 years of lies, deceit and razzle dazzle.

He places his agenda over truth, honesty, the law and the Constitution. The man cannot be trusted or believed on any subject under the sun.

Anonymous said...

Right-wing Republican diatribe.

Anonymous said...

The 3 year DACA grants were still based on the original DACA, with a physical presence date in 2007. They did not accept applications based on the 2014 DACA. They were renewal applications and were issued for 3 years instead of 2. Waste of everyone's time and resources to even argue that these should be revoked. These kids are contributing to society if Texas sees a loss, must be using a twisted incomplete evaluation.

Anonymous said...

It is disingenuous to dismiss criticism of Obama as Republic diatribe or they just don't like him.

Many people don't like what Obama has done, not just Republicans. Facts are facts and those facts show Obama to be a liar, charlatan and deceiver.

Anonymous said...

Didn't realized Da Judge has an I.Q. Of 10 to be "miss-led".

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Bush for lying on the war fiasco with Iraq. It cost the U.S. Thousands of young men's lives. Oops, forgot to mentioned Cheney.