U.S. Justice Department filed an emergency motion to stop sanctions
The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday filed an emergency motion to stop sanctions imposed by a federal judge in Texas that included mandated ethics classes for federal prosecutors, as part of ongoing litigation over immigration policy.
The sanctions were ordered on May 19 by District Judge Andrew Hanen, who ruled in February 2015 that President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration were outside the bounds of the president’s authority.
Hanen also ordered the Department of Homeland Security to prepare a state-by-state review of immigrants who were given three years of safeguards from deportation under Obama’s previous immigration action instead of two.
The case has been brought before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Justice Department asked Hanen to put a hold on the sanctions while it seeks a review from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Justice Department will ask the Fifth Circuit for an appeal of the decision, a mandamus order or both to block the sanction order.
In the court filing, in Houston, the Justice Department said it “takes with utmost seriousness the public trust committed to it to represent the interests of the American people in the courts of the United States, and insists that its attorneys adhere to the high standards of ethical conduct and professionalism required to carry out that critical mission.”
“The court’s order to turn over immigration records would undermine trust in the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to maintain the confidentiality of personal information, which is essential to its mission,” said Patrick Rodenbush, a spokesman for the Justice Department, in connection with the review ordered by Hanen.
Therefore, our question is naturally — how does the Department of Homeland Security justify the mere notion of confidentiality of personal records? Separate but equal, huh? Why does a spokesman for the Justice Department allowed to speak on behalf of the DHS “which is essential to its mission”? Sounds very much like Fast & Furious, the IRS scandal.
Perhaps we as a unified people should be asking the Justice Department a lot more — such as to take a perfectly good ruling made by District Judge Andrew Hansen while appealing it to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals?
As far as we are concerned, as well as several other more prestigious advocacy firms feel is that the POTUS is overlooking to many Constitutional separation of powers. Just one more thought — all of the hundreds of thousands or millions of people who have been granted “asylum-like” benefits there should exist a record of who, what, where, when, and why they are — something the government — DHS, USCIS, USICE, as well as every agency concerned with the executive branch and immigration should be doing.