The Obama Administration has admitted to a federal judge that it has once again wrongly provided illegal immigrants with benefits of the President’s executive actions on immigration, even though those immigration policy changes are now on hold because of a temporary injunction handed down by a federal judge in Texas.And if you believe that, you probably also believe the Republican leadership is really super serious about "securing the border."
The feds revealed in a court filing late last week that it “discovered that another group of approximately 2000 individuals had been erroneously sent three-year work authorizations after the Court had issued its injunction,” Justice Department lawyers wrote to Federal Judge Andrew Hanen.
“The Government sincerely regrets these circumstances and is taking immediate steps to remedy these erroneous three-year terms,” the feds added.
[Feds admit wrongly giving 2,000 immigration help, by Jamie Dupree, News 95.5, May 10, 2005]
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has led the charge against the immigration changes, said “the Obama Administration has established a pattern of renegade behavior making it clear it sees itself entirely above the rule of law.”This is beyond immigration policy. This is now simply about a lawless regime that is openly, flagrantly, and deliberately violating its sworn duties. And the Republicans, who control Congress, are not only not doing anything to stop the President, they are actively intervening to reward him by supporting Obama's policy program against the opposition of the President's own party.
As Paxton noted correctly, it’s not the first time that the federal government has handed out benefits from the President’s executive actions, either before they were supposed to begin, or after being told by a federal judge to stop.
The first admission was that the Obama Administration gave out expanded work permits to over 100,000 people who were being spared the possibility of deportation; that was done beginning in November of 2014 even though the program was not supposed to start until February 18.
55 others also “erroneously received” three year “Employment Authorization Documents,” after a federal court blocked the implementation of the President’s changes; a footnote in the latest legal submission from the Obama Administration says that number now seems to be 72.
That's why impeachment can't be abandoned. It's the proper Constitutional procedure for addressing this lawlessness. If only the libertarians who claim to love the document so much could realize that.