Four undocumented immigrants claim a federal judge trampled their privacy rights when he ordered their contact information be filed with his court as part of sanctions against the U.S. Justice Department.Illegals sure are demanding.
The self-styled "Fearless Four" are immigrants who were granted protection from deportation under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program the Department of Homeland Security started in 2012.
Those who qualify obtain "lawful presence" status, allowing them to live in the U.S. free of deportation and get driver's licenses and federal work permits, for renewable two-year terms.
The government expanded DACA in November 2014 to increase the number of people eligible and the term of deferred deportation from two to three years.
DACA recipients are commonly called "dreamers" by immigrant advocacy groups and the media. The government has enrolled more than 500,000 immigrants in DACA.
Expanded DACA fell victim to a lawsuit brought by Texas and 25 other Republican-led states, which led to an injunction blocking the program from taking effect as scheduled in February 2015 and a U.S. Supreme Court stalemate in June that effectively upheld the injunction ordered by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas.
But the 4-4 tie in the Supreme Court did not end the case because a sanctions order that Hanen issued against the government in May, which he stayed in June, has not been resolved.
Hanen said in the order that Justice Department attorneys lied to him by saying that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, or USCIS, hadn't issued any three-year permits under the new DACA guidelines, when in fact they had granted more than 100,000.
The government denies its attorneys purposely lied to Hanen, but admits it has not rescinded the three-year permits.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Posted by Steve Bartin at 4:59 AM