Federal judge delays sanctions in immigration case

BROWNSVILLE — The federal judge who halted President Obama’s executive actions on immigration has permitted a stay of his order that would have required the Department of Homeland Security to produce a list of tens of thousands of immigrants who benefited prematurely from the policies.

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, a federal judge in Brownsville, has given the Department of Justice until Aug. 22 to produce evidence showing that he was not deliberately misled by the administration’s attorneys regarding when the government would begin accepting applications for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA, and how many immigrants were mistakenly awarded work permits before the program could begin.

He also asked for suggestions on what he should do regarding the misrepresentation by July 31. Previously, Hanen called for ethics classes for all Department of Justice attorneys.

“The Government knowingly acted contrary to its representations to this Court on over 100,000 occasions,” Hanen wrote in his May 19 order. “This Court finds that the misrepresentations detailed above: (1) were false; (2) were made in bad faith; and (3) misled both the Court and the Plaintiff States.”

Justice Department special litigation counselor James Gilligan argued that requiring the classes exceeds the jurisdiction of a federal judge.

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