Federal Attorneys' Conduct Criticized In Immigration Case

A federal judge in Texas who initially blocked President Barack Obama's immigration executive action has ordered that Justice Department attorneys attend an ethics course for misleading him about whether the administration had begun implementing one of the proposed measures.

Twenty-six states filed a lawsuit over the measures in 2014. Before U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction to halt those, he was told by Justice Department attorneys the measures hadn't taken effect.

But officials later revealed they'd given more than 108,000 people three-year deportation reprieves.

In his order, Hanen quoted movies, saying the attorneys had chosen "not to tell the truth."

A Justice Department spokesman says his agency strongly disagrees with the order.

A ruling on the lawsuit is pending from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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