AN ODD side scuffle is taking place in the legal fight over the executive orders Barack Obama issued in 2014 to soften America’s immigration policy. With a Supreme Court decision pending in United States v Texas, a 26-state challenge to Mr Obama’s move to temporarily protect up to 5m undocumented immigrants from deportation, the Texas judge who first brought those orders to a halt is picking a fight with the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.
On May 19th, Judge Andrew Hanen released an angst-filled 28-page order making unprecedented demands on the Justice department after savaging its lawyers for lying to him. Sprinkled with dialogue from movies ranging from last year’s Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies” and “Miracle on 34th Street” (the Christmas classic), the order hammers home the importance of good old-fashioned values like respect for rules and being honest. (The Judge: “Tommy, you know the difference between telling the truth and telling a lie, don’t you?” Tommy Mara Jr.: “Gosh, everybody knows you shouldn’t tell a lie, especially in court.”) But in the course of crafting his jeremiad, Judge...Continue reading