“Out of an abundance of caution,” the Obama Justice Department on Tuesday informed a federal court in Texas that it started issuing three-year work permits to thousands of illegal aliens right after President Obama announced his executive amnesty on November 20 — and before a federal court issued a preliminary injuction blocking the expanded amnesty on Feb. 16.
The injunction barred the Obama administration from implementing “any and all aspects or phases” of Obama’s expanded DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals) program. That program allows certain illegal aliens to live and work in the U.S. for three years instead of two.
But the injunction did not apply to Obama’s original 2012 DACA program, so when those people renewed their enrollment, they got the new three-year work permits.
Between November 24, 2014 — four days after Obama announced his expanded amnesty — and the court’s injunction on Feb. 16, the administration says it granted three-year periods of deferred deportation (and three-year work permits) “to approximately 100,000 individuals” who signed up for the originial 2012 DACA program and were eligible for renewal.
In a March 3 “Advisory” to the federal court in Brownsville, the Justice Department recognized that there may be some “confusion” about why it issued three-year work permits before Feb. 18, the date when it planned to start accepting requests for three-year deferred action under the new (2014) DACA rules. Keep reading
—Courtesy of Pat Dollard