Fed Judge Asks: Can I Trust What the President Says?

During a hearing on his temporary stay of President Obama’s unconstitutional executive action granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, Judge Andrew Hanen pointedly asked

“Can I trust what the president says? That’s a yes or no question,” U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen asked Deputy Asst. U.S. Atty. Gen. Kathleen R. Hartnett.

“Yes your honor,” Hartnett responded.

Hanen was forced to ask such a direct question of one of Obama’s mouthpieces because Obama’s Justice Department had misled Judge Hanen about the timing of granting three year work permits under Obama’s latest executive action.

Justice Department lawyers told the court no three year permits would be issued until the 18th of February.  Judge Hanen trusted the Justice Department’s word but later found out over 100,000 of the three year permits had been issued prior to his temporary restraining order on February 16th.

When 26 states sued to stop Obama’s DAPA program, Judge Hanen asked Obama’s Justice Department when they planned to begin implementing the new DAPA program. DOJ then told Hanen that the new benefit program for illegal immigrant parents wouldn’t begin until May and that the DACA expansion wouldn’t begin until February 18th.

Hanen then relied on that February 18th date when he waited until February 16th to issue an injunction preventing the new DAPA program and the DACA extension from starting. The 26 states had asked Hanen to issue an injunction before December 30, 2014.

But then, three weeks after Hanen issued his injunction stopping the DAPA program and DACA extension, DOJ notified Hanen that the Department of Homeland Security had issued over 100,000 three-year work permits under the new DACA guidelines.

“We strive to be as candid as possible,” Hartnett told Hanen. “It truly became clear to us there was confusion on this point,” she said.

“So you waited three weeks to tell me you were doing it?” Hanen responded.

The states suing Obama to block his executive action have asked the Court to sanction the Justice Department for their obvious lying to the court and for access to more internal documents relating to the amnesty implementation. The Justice Department has two days to file a response.