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Names of Justice Department Attorneys Involved in Immigration Case Mishap Scrubbed from Court Documents

gavel-1017953_640The U.S. Department of Justice decided not to release the names of the lawyers involved in a high-profile immigration case in which a U.S. District judge claims he was intentionally deceived by department attorneys. The DOJ also did not disclose if the lawyers are to face any internal disciplinary action following the judge’s accusations of misconduct.

District Judge Accuses Lawyers of Misconduct

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen previously submitted a May order – State of Texas, et al. v. United States of America, et al. – that claimed he was intentionally misled by Justice Department lawyers involved in the case that sued to block President Barack Obama’s immigration plan to give 4 million immigrants expanded work permits and deportation reprieves.

The case was filed by 26 states against President Obama’s 2014 executive action aimed at protecting millions of immigrants from deportation. According to Hanen, he was assured both in person and in writing by the DOJ attorneys that nothing would be issued to foreign nationals until the order took effect.

The judge did not hide his anger when he found out that around 100,000 work permits were given to immigrants despite his issued ruling last year to temporarily block Obama’s executive action. He even ordered that ethics courses should be given to the lawyers.

Hanen accused that the lawyers arguing the case had lied to him outright. Their misrepresentations, Hanen said, also misdirected the court as to the timeline involved in the implementation of a 2014 Department of Homeland Security directive, which included amendments to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Hanen also ordered the administration to produce a list of the 100,000 immigrants who were given permits, effectively shielding them from deportation.

DOJ Refuses to Release the Names of Attorneys Accused by District Judge

The DOJ says that it emphatically disagrees with the judge’s 28-page order. The names of the lawyers, following the court order, were redacted from the DOJ’s response to Hanen’s order.

The department also did not elaborate on whether or not the lawyers would face disciplinary action for the immigration plan mishap.

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