Texas Gov and AG: Feds Continue Blatant Disregard for the Law in Executive Amnesty Lawsuit

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Lawyers for the Obama Administration have been forced to admit that the federal government has violated a court order by implementing President Obama’s executive amnesty program. Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton say that the Obama Administration continues to show a blatant disregard for the law.

Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement to Breitbart Texas:

After months of obfuscation and stall tactics by the Obama Administration, the President’s lawyers have been forced to admit that they acted outside the law by implementing President’s executive amnesty – even after a federal judge had ordered them to stop. Not only did President Obama’s executive action violate the U.S. Constitution; his lawyers’ actions show a blatant disregard for the Rule of Law that has become typical of this Administration and directly violates one of the fundamental principles upon which our nation was founded.

Breitbart Texas reported that lawyers for the Department of Justice (DOJ) had committed a “brazen disregard for a legal order” in the case filed against President Obama’s November 2014 executive amnesty plan.

Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville, Texas has issued a scathing written rebuke and ordered the Federal Government to produce documents showing who was responsible for making misrepresentations to the Court during the litigation. The rebuke was directed at the representatives of the DOJ and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Breitbart Texas reported in early April that Judge Hanen sternly reprimanded federal government lawyers and the DHS for making misrepresentations during the executive amnesty lawsuit. The judge ordered the federal government to produce documents by April 21st showing who was responsible for making those misrepresentations about the government’s implementation of part of Obama’s executive amnesty plan. He also warned the government against destroying any evidence of who made the representations.

Judge Hanen is the federal district judge who denied the U.S. Government’s request to remove the block of Obama’s amnesty plan after he issued an injunction to stop the President’s executive amnesty program.

Texas leads a 26-state bipartisan coalition fighting the President’s attempt to unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

Breitbart Texas obtained the following statement from the Office of the Texas Attorney General:

After the Obama Administration admitted that more than 100,000 illegal immigrants were already issued expanded work permits under the president’s lawless amnesty plan in direct contradiction to what they told the federal court, the federal government yesterday advised the judge that two thousand more individuals were prematurely granted expanded work permits.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated:

Ignoring Congress in rewriting immigration law, contradicting the President’s own statements that the Executive lacked the power to do so, and misleading a federal court – not once, but multiple times – the Obama Administration has established a pattern of renegade behavior making it clear it sees itself entirely above the rule of law. We will continue to fight back against this lawless behavior to prevent the implementation of this amnesty plan, which sets a dangerous precedent and would have disastrous consequences for Texas and every other state in America.

Lana Shadwick is a contributing writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2


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