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Andrew Hanen

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Andrew Hanen
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #4T
Station:   Brownsville, TX
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Approval vote:   97-0
Active:   5/10/2002-Present
Preceded by:   Filemon Vela
Personal History
Born:   1953
Hometown:   Elgin, IL
Undergraduate:   Denison University 1975
Law School:   Baylor University Law School, 1978

Andrew Hanen is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]

Education

Hanen received his undergraduate degree from Denison University in 1975 and his J.D. from the Baylor University School of Law in 1978.[1]

Professional career

Hanen started his legal career as a briefing attorney to Chief Justice Joe Greenhill of the Texas Supreme Court from 1978 to 1979. Hanen spent the rest of his legal career in private practice in Texas from 1979 to 1993.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Texas

On the recommendation of Texas U.S. Senators Kay Bailey-Hutchinson and Phil Gramm, Hanen was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2002. Hanen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 9, 2002, on an unopposed vote of 97-0 and received commission on May 10, 2002.[2][3]

In the news

Hanen blocks immigration plan

On February 16, 2015, Hanen ordered a halt to President Obama's executive actions on immigration announced on November 20, 2014. Hanen's injunction blocked key elements of the immigration initiative, most notably the provision protecting illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children and a program that grants a deferred status to illegal immigrants who are the parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents.[4]

In the injunction, Hanen ruled that President Obama lacked the authority to implement the new immigration programs, stating:

The DHS was not given any ‘discretion by law’ to give 4.3 million removable aliens what the DHS itself labels as ‘legal presence.' In fact, the law mandates that these illegally-present individuals be removed. The DHS has adopted a new rule that substantially changes both the status and employability of millions. These changes go beyond mere enforcement or even non-enforcement of this nation’s immigration scheme.[5][6]

Citing United States Supreme Court precedent, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest argued that such immigration authority lies with immigration officials:

The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws — which is exactly what the president did when he announced commonsense policies to help fix our broken immigration system. Those policies are consistent with the laws passed by Congress and decisions of the Supreme Court, as well as five decades of precedent by presidents of both parties who have used their authority to set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws.[4][6]

Since President Obama's announcement on November 20, 26 states have filed lawsuits in opposition to the immigration initiatives. In addition to shielding the parents of U.S. citizens and the children who arrived in the U.S. as illegal immigrants, Obama's proposals include granting work permits to undocumented immigrants and amnesty from deportation.[7]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Filemon Vela
Southern District of Texas
2002–Current
Seat #4T
Succeeded by:
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