The Obama administration will appeal a federal judge’s order that it turn over immigration records of almost 50,000 people and require Justice Department lawyers attend ethics courses.
The Justice Department on Tuesday said that the Texas federal judge who last year temporarily blocked President Obama’s controversial executive actions on immigration had exceeded “the scope of a court’s inherent power” when he issued a scathing order earlier this month demanding immigration records and insisting that DOJ lawyers attend ethics courses.
“The department emphatically disagrees with the sanctions orders and will seek review of this matter in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals,” DOJ spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said in a statement. DOJ is also asking for a stay of the judge’s order.
On May 19, Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an order — replete with references to the movies “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Bridge of Spies” — saying that the government had made misrepresentations to his court when it heard the immigration case in 2015. The order did not impact the President’s executive actions, which are currently before the Supreme Court.