IG Report: Feds did not defy immigration injunction
Posted: 8:50 am Thursday, August 13th, 2015
By Jamie Dupree
A new report from an internal government watchdog says federal officials did not deliberately violate a court injunction against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, as the review found a series of internal errors wrongly led to the issuing of extended work permits for certain immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
“We determined that a combination of factors led to the production of about 2,000 of these 3-year EADs (Employment Authorization Documents),” said John Roth, the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security.
Roth’s report detailed bureaucratic mistakes and missteps involving the IT staff that helped print and send out the work permits and documents, and a lack of communication with that staff about the legal situation involving the President’s immigration actions – and how that would impact the work permits.
“We determined that a combination of factors led to the erroneous production and issuance of approximately 2,000 3-year EADs after the February 16, 2015, Federal District Court injunction,” the report stated.
Critics of the President’s actions – as well as the federal judge involved in the legal challenge to those moves – had all but accused the Obama Administration of ignoring the injunction against the implementation of those new policies, but this report says that simply did not happen.