The Obama administration has decided to issue an apology — totally unbelievable coming from this president, right? — to Judge Andrew Hanen for being “misleading” about implementation dates for his executive amnesty program.
“The Government deeply regrets not only the confusion that these statements created, but that it did not recognize the prospect of confusion earlier,” the Justice Department explains in a court filing late last week, according to the Valley Morning Star. “But the miscommunications were not the product of bad faith, and they do not warrant sanctions or further discovery.”
The “miscommunications” in question involve the revelation that, despite the government’s assertions that the executive amnesty programs — Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — would not start before February 18 (DAPA was scheduled to start in May), an aspect did begin before then.
Days before expanded DACA was set to take effect Hanen issued a preliminary injunction on the executive amnesty programs, to stop the implementation from going forward as the case works its way through the courts.
In early March, however, the Justice Department revealed to Hanen that in fact it had already started to implement an aspect of expanded DACA, and had issued more than 100,000 new three-year DACA renewals.
Hanen was not pleased. In later filings he called the government misleading, accusing the government of “deceptive representations and half-truths.”
It’s not likely Obama and his cronies are actually sorry for being “misleading,” but for getting caught and looking foolish in public.
The bottom line here is the president is blatantly going beyond his constitutional authority and violating the law of the land by sticking his hand anywhere in the legislative branch on any issue, especially immigration.
President Obama would do well to remember this is a nation of laws and that he is an elected official, not a king or emperor, therefore he is beholden to the same legal code as everyone else and cannot just magically “decree” his will be done.