5/26/16 Rule of Law
One thing that separates our nation from so many others is the rule of law. No matter how strong the policy differences, public officials have been loyal to the laws that guide us.
This allegiance became more pronounced since the days our nation split in two and fought over our differences.
Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.
Federal Judge Andrew Hanen has had enough of the Justice Department. He ordered the DOJ to send its lawyers to ethics training. The reason? Hanen said government attorneys repeatedly lied to him during court proceedings. HeÃ¢Â€Â™s banned two agency lawyers from appearing in his courtroom. He ordered the rest to take three hours of ethics training annually for the next five years.
Hanen heard the lawsuit in which 26 states sued the federal government over itâ€™s de facto amnesty program. Theyâ€™re specifically challenging the Department of Homeland Securityâ€™s refusal to enforce federal immigration laws, engaging in constitutional violations, and failing to follow federal rulemaking.
The courtroom lying aside, Hanen is understandably furious that DHS has issued residency documents to thousands of illegal immigrants in direct violation of a court order.
This is only the latest example of the federal government — the DOJ included — ignoring the law. It refused to enforce a contempt warrant issued against then-Attorney-General Eric Holder. And critics claim it was complicit in the deadly Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.
Everyone must follow the law. Even the Justice Department.