US: Work Permits Issued After Immigration Action Delayed

Article author: 
Juan A. Lazano
Article publisher: 
abc NEWS
Article date: 
Friday, May 8, 2015
Article category: 
National Issues
Article Body: 

The U.S. government says it "erroneously" awarded three-year work permits to 2,000 people under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after a judge had put the plan on a Feb. 16 injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas.

Hanen had criticized Justice Department lawyers after they acknowledged that more than 108,000 people had received three-year deportation reprieves as well as work permits when the lawyers had previously told the judge that no action would be taken prior to the injunction.

A decision from an appeals court is pending on whether to lift the injunction.