Andrew Hanen, federal district court judge in South Texas is The Man! Goodbye anybody (except Scalia & Thomas) and hello Andrew. The Supreme Court needs a principled jurist who understands the rule of law.
Hanen is the judge who put the kibosh on Barack Obama’s executive amnesty plan and who is actually willing to hold federal officials accountable for ignoring his court orders.
A federal judge in the district court of South Texas has ordered top officials with the Department of Homeland Security — including Sec. Jeh Johnson — to appear in person in his court in Brownsville next month to show why they should not be held in contempt for violating an injunction issued against President Obama’s executive amnesty order.
The judge doesn’t mince any words, he’s plain spoken and makes his meaning clear.
Hanen called the Obama administration’s response to his Feb. 16 injunction “unacceptable” and “unprofessional.” He also stated that he is “shocked and surprised at the cavalier attitude the Government has taken” towards it.
The judge is aggravated because he issued an order blocking work permits to illegal aliens the day before the Obama administration was due to start handing out millions of them. At issue is the government’s right to do that in a lawsuit brought by Texas then-Governor Rick Perry and a number of other states.
The Department of Homeland Security ignored the order and began handing them out anyway. When caught they said it was “a mistake.” Hanen didn’t buy that and he’s getting ready to rule on contempt citations to Justice Department attorneys and he’s expanding it to DHS officials.
Hanen says that the government must answer that question to his satisfaction by the end of the month or else appear in his court on Aug. 19.
“Each individual Defendant must attend and be prepared to show why he or she should not be held in contempt of Court,” Hanen ordered.
The list of defendants includes DHS’ Johnson as well as the heads of Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
“In addition to the individual Defendants, the Government shall bring all relevant witnesses on this topic as the Court will not continue this matter to a later date,” Hanen added.
Pass the popcorn.