Americans are increasingly expressing concern about the U.S. government’s disregard for current immigration laws, and the lack of enforcement of these laws by the Obama adminstration dominates the news at the present time. The U.S. Southern District Court in Brownsville, Texas, which is only a mile from the U.S. – Mexico border, is now litigating significant cases involving immigration enforcement in the U.S.
In the case, State of Texas, et. al. v. United States of America, 1:14-cv-00254, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson filed a motion on July 31, 2015, requesting that U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, not hold him and other Obama administration officials in contempt after his agency issued work permits contrary to a court order halting Obama’s immigration action of November, 2014.
Responding to Judge Hanen’s July 7, 2015, order requiring a written explanation for the reason that 2,500 work permits were issued to illegal aliens but not disclosed to the court, Johnson states that the government has reclaimed all except 22 of the 2,500 work permits and has invalidated the remaining permits. Justice Department attorneys claim that the work permits were granted under a 2012 program that wasn’t affected by the injunction.
A hearing to determine whether government officials are in contempt of court is set in Brownsville for August 19, 2015. The question is whether the Obama administration intentionally deceived the court. In the July 7, 2015, hearing, Judge Hanen warned the administration that officials would be in contempt if he decided they intentionally misled him.
On February 17, 2015, Judge Andrew Hanen ordered President Barack Obama’s immigration program halted until a trial can be held for the 26-state lawsuit, which was filed by former Attorney General of Texas, Gov. Gregg Abbott. Hanen has repeatedly reprimanded White House attorneys and immigration officials for their disrespect toward his orders and the judicial system.
Obama’s November, 2014, executive order shields 5 million or more illegal immigrants from deportation and provides them with three-year work permits. But the Texas lawsuit argues that Obama’s action is unconstitutional and rewrites U.S. immigration laws. The states complain that the Obama initiative’s work permits will entitle immigrants to multiple benefits, such as Social Security and Medicare, costing the states millions of dollars which they cannot currently afford. The states also claim they’ll be required to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in services that they can’t recover if the program is later halted.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments from the Obama administration for overturning Hanen’s July, 10, 2015, but has not issued a decision.
The 25 states which joined the Texas lawsuit seeking to block Obama’s executive action protecting illegal immigrants from deportation are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Another immigration case currently being litigated in Judge Andrew Hanen’s Federal court in Brownsville,Texas, is Taitz v. Johnson, Burwell, Obama, 14-cv-00119, filed by California Attorney Orly Taitz in July, 2014.
Taitz’ case revolves around the issue of infectious diseases, which are spreading in the U.S. due to the actions of the Obama administration’s trafficking of illegal alien minors from the Texas border to other states. The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security, John Roth, revealed that multiple infectious diseases were diagnosed among illegal aliens in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services detention camps. Among those diseases is multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis.
On July 7, 2015, Judge Hanen ordered the Defendants, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwel, and President Obama to forward to Dr. and Attorney Orly Taitz certain medical records of illegal aliens, which are in their possession. Attorney Taitz states, “Defendants are not allowed to file any motions until they provide requested records. Judge Hanen stated that if the Defendants are intentionally infecting the population with drug-resistant Tuberculosis, the civil sanctions — which he is likely to assess — will be ‘the least’ of the Defendant’s problems.”
Taitz is awaiting a response from the Defendants.