DHS Defies Court Ruling: Rushing Amnesty Contracts at “Full-Throttle Pace” UPDATED

UPDATE: Good News: Hours after Judicial Watch posted this story, the government cancelled the Request For Proposal (RFP). It looks like they were trying to pull a fast one, but got caught.
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It’s almost as if Monday’s Federal Court injunction to stop Obama’s Executive Amnesty didn’t happen.
According to a Judicial Watch source,  DHS is rushing to award contracts to 200 – 600 companies to process illegal immigrants as soon as possible.
Though a federal court has blocked President Obama’s amnesty order the administration continues working behind the scenes to quickly award multi-million-dollar contracts to firms that can expeditiously process millions of illegal immigrants, a government source has alerted Judicial Watch.

The complex deal is being rushed through at a “full-throttle pace” extremely rare for such a huge venture  that’s sure to radically change the current system, according to JW’s source, who has worked for decades as a contract expert at the highest levels of government. The Request For Proposal (RFP) was recently posted in the government’s official database for federal procurement opportunities and comes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency charged with processing visa and naturalization petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The RFP estimates that the population of potential requesters for the president’s deferred action will be “approximately four million people” and that USCIS anticipates the initial filing of “approximately five to six million forms” related to the amnesty order which also covers the illegal immigrant parents of U.S. citizens and lawful residents. The work is to begin in mid-March, the document reveals, and the contractor will operate out of a new center in Arlington, Virginia because there is no current facility with available space or staff to accommodate the “additional volume of work.” The center will be dedicated to processing deferred action for illegal immigrant parents of citizens, employment authorization and correspondence management.

Read the rest here.

Something seems to have changed since Tuesday when DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said that although he “strongly” disagreed with the decision, “we recognize we must comply with it.”

Judge Hanen’s order specifically bans agencies like DHS and USCIS from executing Obama’s executive action.

Looks like we may have a Constitutional Crisis on our hands.

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Hot Air: Rasmussen: Plurality of Democrats think Obama should be able to ignore court rulings if it’s “important”:

A small reminder that Obama couldn’t get away with his authoritarian plays on immigration and health care if his party wasn’t backing him up. Turns out, in fact, that they’re willing to go even further than he is. Obama tends to limit himself to summarily rewriting federal statutes, like immigration laws and ObamaCare’s employer mandate. Democrats wonder: Why not rewrite some federal court rulings too?

Something to bear in mind as we wait for SCOTUS’s decision on ObamaCare subsidies in the Halbig case and the Fifth Circuit’s decision on that injunction blocking O’s executive amnesty. He’s already entered the YOPO phase of his presidency. Why not make his base happy by ignoring any adverse rulings and instigating a full-blown constitutional crisis?

UPDATE: 

Obama Seeking An Emergency Court Order To Go Ahead With Executive Action On Amnesty…

When it comes to Obama’s fundamental transformation, #WeCan’tWait

When it comes to fighting an growing evil that is quickly turning into an existential threat, #What’sTheRush

Ouch: Megyn Kelly Reduces Luis Gutierrez To Sputtering, Incoherent Mess

You know what happened here.

Megyn Kelly saw the deranged remarks Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) made on MSNBC following the judge’s decision to temporarily block  Obama’s action on immigration, and she said, ‘book that guy for tonight’s show!’ 

Gutierrez had said on MSNBC that the “militancy that will be activated throughout the immigrant community in terms of voter registration, voter participation and voter anger at the Republican Party… I think you are going to see it in an unprecedented manner.”

He had also said “the decision speaks volumes on how mean and xenophobic people can be.”

But that was PMSNBC where lunatic opinions are spouted on a daily basis and the other talking heads nod sagely in agreement.

This is Fox News. With Megyn Kelly. And this interview was one for the ages.

“You seem to be speaking about Republicans as mean and xenophobic,”  Kelly remarked, asking him what he was basing that on.

But Gutierrez only wanted to talk about the villainous judge – and went on and on detailing his mean and xenophobic ways –  and how even his Mayor thought it was a bad decision!!1!! Gutierrez sputtered on and on as if anyone cared what the Democrat Mayor of Brownsville thought.

In a classic “Kelly moment,” she calmly reminded him that there is a rule of law in this country, and not only did the judge in this case not think Barack Obama had the authority to put the executive order in place – Barack Obama didn’t think he had the authority to do this – for six years! Is he also mean and xenophobic?” Kelly asked triumphantly.

Gutierrez stammered that he disagreed with the president on that, but he had won that argument. And he kept on blathering, but Kelly interrupted with the coup de grace:  “you didn’t attack his motives or impugn his character!”

At this point, Gutierrez got a little freaky and weird, “You know — you and I can have a much longer conversation,” he began, looking at her sideways.

“Why don’t you just answer the question, sir,” Megyn said impatiently.

“I can bring you a repertoire of things that have been said on the floor of the House of Representatives about illegal immigrants…” he continued.

But Kelly cut him off - “you’re dodging!”

She cut to a commercial while Gutierrez was still blathering incoherently.

Watching the body language and facial expressions of the Congressman in this interview, one gets the distinct impression that he was under the influence of something – alcohol,  a controlled substance or perhaps uncontrolled substance – I’ll leave it to you to decide what.

Judge Napolitano: The Obama Amnesty Plan Is Dead (Video)

Megyn Kelly  interviewed Fox News Legal Analyst Judge Napolitano and  Senator Ted Cruz, Tuesday night, asking for their reactions to the federal judge’s injunction blocking the president’s executive order on immigration, which was set to start distributing work permits millions of illegal immigrants Tuesday. Napolitano called the court’s decision “devastating,” adding that “the Obama amnesty plan is dead.”

Napolitano explained that the conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals would likely not interfere with the Judge Hanen’s decision.

He went on to say that the Supreme Court will probably not take up the case.

“This is devastating for the administration,” Napolitano said. “This is a preliminary injunction which means the court viewed the court’s documents and challenger’s documents…and he made two conclusions. 1) At the end of the case, the challengers will probably prevail, meaning the president probably overstepped his bounds and he has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create new law.

“And 2) if he does not impose the temporary restraints that he imposed last night, actually, irreparable harm will be visited upon the 26 states,” he continued.

“In my opinion, the Obama amnesty plan is dead. Absolutely dead. I don’t think the appeals court will interfere with this decision, And I think it will take this trial judge for the duration of President Obama’s term to rule on this with finality.”

Cruz  told Kelly that the judge’s decision is “a major victory for the rule of law.”

Via Fox News Insider:

Cruz also slammed Democrats for filibustering the Department of Homeland Security spending bill because it would not fund Obama’s executive action plan. Cruz called it “reckless and irresponsible” to filibuster at a time when Congress needs to fund the DHS due to growing threats at home and abroad.

“They’re holding national security hostage in order to defend the president’s illegal amnesty,” he said of Democrats.

Cruz also weighed in on Obama’s remarks today that the law is on the side of his executive action plan.

“He says the law is on his side – there’s at least one person who calls himself a legal scholar who disagrees, and his name is Barack Obama,” Cruz said. “Twenty-two times President Obama has admitted he doesn’t have the authority to issue unilateral amnesty.”

Through Obama’s executive action plan, Cruz said that the administration is basically counterfeiting immigration documents.

Cruz: Court Decision on Obama’s Executive Amnesty a Major Victory for Rule of Law

Ted Cruz issued the following statement regarding the Texas Court’s decision to block Obama’s executive action on amnesty: 

“The Texas court decision reached last night is a major turning point in the fight to stop Obama’s lawless amnesty,” said Sen. Cruz. “Gov. Abbott and Attorney General Paxton are leading a coalition of 26 states to block the illegal executive actions and to protect our states, cities, and communities. This is a major victory for the rule of law; the District Court’s ruling states that President Obama must now stop implementing these policies in ‘any and all aspects.’ Last summer we saw a humanitarian crisis on our southern border that was a direct consequence of Obama’s previous amnesty. Republicans are now standing together to try to ensure that it never happens again.

“The Senate Democrats who are filibustering Department of Homeland Security funding should look hard at this ruling. At a time when we face grave national security threats, at home and abroad, it is the height of irresponsibility for the Democrats to block this funding in an extreme attempt to save Obama’s amnesty, which a federal judge has just declared illegal.”

Meanwhile, via Ace, Judge Napolitano weighs in on Fox News, saying the Appeals Court will either agree with the decision, or decide to not to interfere – meaning the injunction stays in place until the end of Obama’s term.

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Looks like DHS will be a little less busy than planned tomorrow after all. The injunction issued by a federal court in Texas has blocked Barack Obama’s attempt at executive amnesty, and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says his office will not ignore the order:

The Obama administration will not accept applications for legal status from undocumented immigrants on Wednesday after a federal judge in Texas blocked implementation of President Obama’s policy deferring the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the administration would appeal the court ruling. “in the meantime, we recognize we must comply with it,” he said.

Breaking: Federal Judge Grants Gov. Greg Abbott’s Request To Stop Obama’s Executive Amnesty

I hate using “breaking” in headlines because it’s such an overused link-bait tactic. But this really is breaking. I can’t find anything on the web other than Texas Governor Greg Abbot’s tweet, minutes ago:

MORE via WND:

A federal judge in Texas on Monday granted a temporary injunction halting President Obama’s executive-order driven amnesty program.

The ruling from Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the government not to proceed with any portion of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, DAPA.

“The United States of America, its departments, agencies, officers, agents and employees and Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of United States customs and Border Protection; Ronald D. Vitiello, deputy chief of United States Border Patrol, United States Customs and Border Protection; Thomas S. Winkowski, acting director of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Leon Rodriguez, director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services are hereby enjoined from implementing any and all aspects or phases of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents … ”

The outline of plans was “set out in the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s memorandum dated November 20, 2014.”

The injunction is until “a final resolution of the merits of this case or until a further order of this court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit or the United States Supreme Court,” the judge ordered.

He cited the Obama administration’s failure to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act.

UPDATE:

Governor Abbott’s statement Via the Houston Chronicle: 

“President Obama abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Hanen’s decision rightly stops the President’s overreach in its tracks. We live in a nation governed by a system of checks and balances, and the President’s attempt to by-pass the will of the American people was successfully checked today. The District Court’s ruling is very clear — it prevents the President from implementing the policies in ‘any and all aspects.’ ”

Following President Obama’s announcement of his plan to take executive action and grant legal status to individuals illegally present in the United States, then-Attorney General Abbott filed a lawsuit challenging the president’s action on Dec. 3. Texas was initially joined by 16 states in filing the lawsuit; that number has since grown to 26 states.

CNS News reported earlier today:

A federal judge in Texas is expected to rule shortly on a lawsuit filed by 26 states asking him to declare President Obama’s executive amnesty unconstitutional under the “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Under a six-page directive issued by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson, DHS will start accepting applications under Obama’s expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Wednesday unless U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanenissues a ruling blocking the department from proceeding.

During oral arguments on the case in his packed courtroom in January, Judge Hanen, a George W. Bush appointee, said that the Southern District of Texas was the ideal place to decide the executive amnesty issue because “talking to anyone in Brownsville about immigration is like talking to Noah about the flood.”

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Twitchy: Huge: Texas Governor Greg Abbott wins federal injunction against Obama amnesty:

No – Really? Obama Amnesty Will Allow Illegal Immigrants to Vote (Video)

A new revelation about Obama’s executive amnesty has all of Washington wearing their “shock faces.” A giant loophole that no one could have ever foreseen, will allow illegals to vote in American elections.

The Washington Times reported:

President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress on Thursday, saying that the driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole.

While stressing that it remains illegal for noncitizens to vote, secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas said they won’t have the tools to sniff out illegal immigrants who register anyway, ignoring stiff penalties to fill out the registration forms that are easily available at shopping malls, motor vehicle bureaus and in curbside registration drives.

Anyone registering to vote attests that he or she is a citizen, but Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said mass registration drives often aren’t able to give due attention to that part, and so illegal immigrants will still get through.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach said even some motor vehicle bureau workers automatically ask customers if they want to register to vote, which some noncitizens in the past have cited as their reason for breaking the law to register.

“It’s a guarantee it will happen,” Mr. Kobach said.

Here is Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) questioning of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted about voter fraud, yesterday:

In a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform joint subcommittee hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan, OH-04, questions Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted about voter fraud, and how President Obama’s executive actions on immigration could further undermine voting integrity.

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Katie Pavlich, Townhall: Kansas Secretary of State: Illegal Aliens Registering to Vote is a Massive Problem Nationwide:

During a House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday, Secretaries of State Kris Kobach from Kansas and Jon Husted of Ohio warned that a loophole in President Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration could lead to millions of non-citizens obtaining the ability to vote in U.S. elections.

“I want to bring to your attention my concern that the President’s recent Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will make it more difficult for elections officials to determine if all voters meet the primary standard for voting – U.S. citizenship. I am not here to debate immigration policy or the President’s executive actions. However, I am here to emphatically say that we cannot follow both the federal law and the executive action and ensure the integrity of the elections process without further assistance from Congress and the Obama administration,” Husted said in prepared testimony. “For an estimated four to five million non-citizens, the President’s executive actions provide access to Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses. These are the same documents that federal law requires the states to recognize as valid forms of identification for voter registration. Under federal law, anyone with a valid Social Security number or driver’s license number can register to vote, provided they attest that they are a U.S. citizen. However, there is no way for us to validate this citizenship statement, since under the executive actions previously undocumented non-citizens will have access to the same documents as U.S. citizens. The issue becomes especially complicated in states like Ohio where millions of dollars are spent on third – party voter registration drives where no election official would be present to make clear the eligibility requirements for voting.”

Here’s Immigration hawk Senator Jeff Sessions fighting his own Republican colleagues on the Senate floor earlier this week.

Obama Admin Has Handed Out 5.5 Million Work Permits Since ’09 And Wants 5 Million More (Video)

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Obama has earned the reputation as the worst jobs president since the great depression. But now we know that is very wrong. Obama is a “jobs president” after all – if you’re an illegal immigrant!

Via Caroline May, Breitbart News:

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is calling for an investigation into the recently exposed “shadow” work authorization system, in which the Obama administration has allowed millions more immigrants than Congress mandated to obtain work permits.

“This massive increase in the labor supply has occurred simultaneously with a steep drop in family incomes and a sharp rise in the number of Americans pushed out of the workforce,” Sessions said in a statement Monday. “All jobs gains since the recession have gone to foreign workers, while the slack labor market has depressed median family incomes almost $5,000 in that time.”

Senator Jeff Sessions says the 5.5 million work permits “more than doubles the annual average rate of foreign worker admissions, unilaterally, at a time when immigration levels are already at record highs.”

 Now, the President has ordered another 5 million work permits be made available to 5 million additional illegal immigrants to take any job in America; Democrats blocked debate on a DHS funding bill that would fully fund the Department but not allow funds to be illegally redirected towards these new work permits.