President Obama’s expanded executive amnesty started earlier than the administration said it would — and before a court blocked it.
“Out of an abundance of caution,” the Obama Justice Department on Tuesday informed a federal court in Texas that it started issuing three-year work permits to thousands of illegal aliens right after President Obama announced his executive amnesty on November 20 — and before a federal court issued a preliminary injuction blocking the expanded amnesty on Feb. 16.
The injunction barred the Obama administration from implementing “any and all aspects or phases” of Obama’s expanded DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals) program. That program allows certain illegal aliens to live and work in the U.S. for three years instead of two.
But the injunction did not apply to Obama’s original 2012 DACA program, so when those people renewed their enrollment, they got the new three-year work permits.