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Judge: Sanctions possible in Obama immigration action

1 year 8 months 2 weeks ago March 19, 2015 Mar 19, 2015 Thursday, March 19 2015 March 19, 2015 3:00 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Juan A. Lozano

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The Justice Department might face sanctions if a federal judge determines its attorneys misled him about whether part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented prior to it being put on hold by the judge.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen last month halted Obama's plan. The president's plan would spare from deportation up to 5 million people in the U.S. illegally.

At a court hearing Thursday in Brownsville, Texas, a Justice Department attorney apologized to Hanen for any confusion after the U.S. government revealed 100,000 individuals were granted three-year reprieves before the injunction.

Hanen didn't seem to buy the explanation, saying the three-year reprieves were part of the contested action.

Hanen will issue a ruling on the issue at a later date.

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