Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) accused President Obama on Friday of hurrying a federal judge in Texas for a more favorable ruling on his executive actions concerning immigration.
“They’re trying to rush it through the system because they want the judge to change his mind and the president wants to — illegally, in my opinion — grant his executive order amnesty, which I don’t think down the road he’s going to be successful in doing,” Poe said on Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum.”
The Obama administration has asked U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen for a decision by Monday. Hanen is weighing whether to block the president’s executive orders on immigration or limit his judgment’s legal impact solely to Texas.
Obama’s orders would defer deportations for millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S., and expand their access to working permits.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was preparing to implement President Obama’s orders when Hanen halted them in February. The constitutionality of the president’s directives is at issue. Texas is one of 26 states suing the White House over the measures.
DHS had already granted 100,000 expanded work permits to illegal immigrants before Hanen’s ruling on Feb. 16.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sharply criticized the move, arguing the administration misled a federal court when new rules regarding the permits took effect.
“In an apparent attempt to quickly execute President Obama’s unlawful, unconstitutional amnesty plan, the Obama administration appears to have already been issuing expanded work permits, in direct contradiction to what they told a federal judge during litigation,” Paxton said in a statement Thursday.
Court documents filed Tuesday show DHS immediately began processing renewals of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program President Obama began in 2012 under fresh guidelines granting work permits for three years rather than two.
The 100,000 permits DHS granted are actually extensions for old recipients renewing their permits after Nov. 24.
The administration had said it would not begin accepting applications for the new three-year permits until Feb. 18 or processing them before March 4.
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the House Rules chairman, called Obama “disingenuous” on Tuesday for how his executive orders were created and implemented.
“His hasty actions show that he not only disregards the legislative process but he has no respect for our judicial system either,” he said.
Poe, a former criminal court judge, said Friday he expects the orders will get tangled in appellate courts for the foreseeable future.
“This whole process will take several months before it even gets to the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans,” he said. “Contrary to what the administration wants down the road, this ruling by the judge will take some time to be appealed by the Fifth Circuit.”