Texas attorney general: U.S. is heading toward a constitutional crisis because of Obama flouting Congress and courts

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Ken Paxton
In an interview on Fox News yesterday, Ken Paxton, the attorney general of the State of Texas, was asked whether America is heading toward “a constitutional crisis” because of Obama’s total disregard for Congress and now the courts. (The segment begins at the 2:55 mark in the Fox News video, here.)
Paxton replied:

“I think we are. If you think about what’s going on here — the President is violating federal law, the U.S. Constitution, which is going past what Congress is supposed to be doing, and now we’ve got the administration in court not being forthcoming about they’re supposed to be forthcoming about. We definitely have a huge issue here related to whether the Obama administration is going to follow the Constitution, and then once they get into court, whether they’re going to tell the truth.”

Paxton’s stunning remark was precipitated by Obama’s latest “F-you” to the court, specifically to Andrew Hanen, the federal judge who is single-handedly doing the job of the useless Congress by standing up to Obama’s reckless amnesty.

Judge Andrew Hanen

Judge Andrew Hanen

On Feb. 16, 2015, U.S. District Judge Hanen issued a preliminary injunction to temporarily block Obama’s amnesty so as to give a coalition of 26 states the time they need to pursue a lawsuit to permanently stop the amnesty orders. If the implementation of Obama’s amnesty were not blocked, Hanen reasons, the 26 states will “suffer irreparable harm in this case” because once the millions of illegals obtain amnesty, “the genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle.” (See “Federal judge stops Obama’s executive amnesty for illegals”)
At issue are two executive memoranda signed by Obama last November:

  1. The first memorandum expands eligibility for Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which halts deportations and allows work permits for certain undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.
  2. The second executive memo, known as DAPA, would extend similar benefits to the parents of U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents.

See also “Obama has issued more executive orders than any U.S. president in history.

Combined, DACA and DAPA could affect as many as 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally. Some estimates are as high as 10 to 12 million illegals.
4 days after Judge Hanen’s order blocking the implementation of Obama’s amnesty, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would seek an emergency stay of the judge‘s injunction. (See “Obama emergency order to restart amnesty in defiance of federal judge Hanen”)
Hanen responded by denying the DOJ’s request. So the federal government has asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to lift Hanen’s injunction while the case is appealed.
Obama vs. Hanen
The latest tussle between Judge Hanen and Obama took place last Thursday, March 19, 2015.
As reported by FoxNews, at a Texas hearing on Obama’s amnesty executive actions, Judge Hanen sharply scolded a DOJ attorney — that the administration had misled Hanen on a key part of the program, for which Hanen fell “like an idiot.” Hanen said he could order sanctions against the administration if he finds the DOJ indeed had misrepresented the facts.
At issue is whether the DOJ had misled the judge into believing that a plank of the Obama amnesty program would not go forward before he made the Feb. 16 ruling to temporarily halt it. The program is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that gives deportation reprieves (i.e., effective amnesty) to thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as “minors.” The problem is that even before Hanen’s ruling on Feb. 16 to block DACA’s implementation, federal officials had already given 3-year reprieves and work permits to more than 108,000 illegal aliens.

Kathleen Hartnett Associate White House Counsel Kathleen Hartnett, a Harvard Law grad like Obama, successfully worked on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

At the Thursday hearing, Hanen chided DOJ attorney Kathleen Hartnett for telling him at a January hearing before the Feb. 16 injunction was issued that nothing would be happening with regard to DACA until Feb. 18.
“Like an idiot I believed that,” Hanen said.
A flustered Hartnett repeatedly apologized to Hanen for any confusion related to how the reprieves and work permits were granted. “We strive to be as candid as possible. It truly became clear to us there was confusion on this point,” she said.
“Can I trust what the president says? That’s a yes or no question,” Hanen asked.
“Yes your honor,” Hartnett replied.
The coalition of 26 states have asked that Hanen consider issuing sanctions against the Obama administration because, in the words of the coalition’s lead attorney Angela Colmenero (who is also a lawyer with the Texas Attorney General’s Office), DOJ attorneys had made “representations (that) proved not to be true or at a minimum less than forthcoming.”
Obama’s DOJ lawyer Hartnett insists “There is absolutely no basis for sanctions here. The government is absolutely trying to do the right thing.”
Hanen said he would issue a ruling “promptly” on what action, if any, he will take against the Justice Department.
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0 responses to “Texas attorney general: U.S. is heading toward a constitutional crisis because of Obama flouting Congress and courts

  1. publicly hang the traitors to the constitution, all of them.

  2. Kevin J Lankford

    obama’s presence in our white house alone is a major Constitutional crisis. His every action since being voter frauded into office has been crisis stacked upon crisis.
    Yet there has been nothing but feigned criticisms and faked opposition from congress, the senate, or even the pretend conservative radio host, the likes of limbaugh, in attempt to stimulate the praise and admiration of fools that so easily fall for their performances.
    Only the ignorant, liars, or cowards, will refer to obama as president.

  3. Today the liberals were comparing drug testing to qualify for Public assistance to the high ratio of minorities incarcerated for drug offenses and offered that heirs to family estates should also be drug tested since it is all racial discrimination.
    They also were defending increasing inheritance taxes by countering with tax loopholes for special interests: the idea being if you have any money for someone to inherit, the only explanation is to got it tax dodging or stealing from the poor.
    Also the demise of the small farm and the damage of high inheritance taxes was more due to mega agriculture absorbing family farms, and ignoring the affects of big government regulations and unfavorable trade deals on small business.
    If you are in a Starbucks, you are not in a non-white area. Savage ran through a handful of representative racially torn towns where there ain’t no Starbucks.
    This judge in the piece is great, but where are the Republicans, or where is there an organised outcry against this administration?
    Answer: the Republicans are silent partners, and “they” also control most of the media.
    Lots of stuff never makes it through.
    They screw up a lot and things leak through, then those disappear too.
    Obama thinks his next gig will be Secretary General of the UN where he thinks he can achieve the ultimate objective World Domination, I mean Globalization. Same thing.
    No nationalism,
    No God,
    pick a gender, or not.
    free drugs and cellphones.
    There are plenty of Progressives on board with this plan.
    We the People are so Screwed

  4. Dr Eowyn, again you have championed the rest of us by bringing this most important information to us, although the information is disheartening. God Bless the courageous judge and all the others who stand against the evil tide that is flowing over us.

  5. I love hearing things like this, and when things are brought to the public’s attention, but when is anything actually going to be done about everything committed against out country.
    Every rule and law has been broken for a possible impeachment, down to abuse, abuse of power aiding and abetting the enemy, refusing to lead, refusing to protect, tyranny, etc. All worthy of an immediate removal instead of an impeachment.

  6. Why would anyone with a that proverbial “Lick of Sense” expect this administration to tell the truth?

  7. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this enlightening and important post. I will pray for this judge and ask St. Thomas More to help him. There are courageous judges in our society; we just don’t hear about them very often.

  8. ‘ “…I am committed against everything which, in my judgement may weaken,danger or destroy the Constitution.., and especially against all extention of Executive power;and I am committed against any attempt to rule the free people of this country by the power and the patronage of the Government itself.” –Daniel Webster


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