The president’s executive amnesty is so complex and unwieldy that not even the Obama administration itself truly knows what is actually happening, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argues.
In a court filing, the coalition of states — led by Texas — challenging Obama’s executive amnesty programs call for increased oversight of the administration’s compliance with the federal district court’s February injunction.
The request, made earlier this week, comes on the heels of the administration’s revelation that it violated U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction when it improperly issued 2,000 three-year expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals work permits after Hanen halted the expanded program.
The government also failed to disclose to the judge more then 100,000 expanded DACA three-year permits that were issued before the start date of the the expanded program.
“Not even the Obama Administration has a full grasp of the complicated bureaucracy that defines the president’s illegal amnesty plan,” Paxton said. “The newly-revealed admission that even more expanded work permits were granted to 2,000 illegal immigrants raises serious questions about the Obama Administration’s reliability moving forward.”
According to Texas and the states, more sunlight needs to be shown on the government’s activities.
“Increased oversight is needed to hold the federal government accountable for its apparent inability to report accurate information to the court,” Paxton said.
Last week the Obama administration blamed computer problems for the violation and said the inspector general was looking into the matter.
Texas is leading a 26-state challenge to Obama’s executive amnesty programs — expanded DACA and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin are joining Texas in the challenge.