If you can’t trust the Justice Department, well, you can’t trust anyone. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen lives that motto. He doesn’t trust anyone especially the Justice Department.
He wants to know why three-year deportation reprieves were issued before he stopped Obama’s plan than spares around 5 million people from deportation. Make no mistake about it. The Texas judge wants every last one of those people gone, and he is prepared to fight Washington to get it done, and there are tons of attorneys that are backing him.
The Justice Department is comfortable in court. They have a plethora of legal excuses up their white-collar sleeves. DOJ claims 100,000 people got three-year reprieves, and they were given work permits under a 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That program was not halted by Hanen’s ruling. But the judge says the DACA program was a two-year reprieve and two-year work permits.
The 26 states that also want to rid the country of these 5 million people say the federal government misled the judge about the implementation process. Hanen’s injunction put a hold on DACA and other programs, but it appears the judge may be drawing social security before this case, and others like it are resolved by the higher court.