FEBRUARY 24, 2015
Bureaucrats responsible for carrying out President Obama’s executive amnesty memo could go to jail for violating federal law pertaining to misspent appropriations. This law is known as the Anti-Deficiency Act (31 U.S. Code Sec. 1341), which deems it illegal for government officials to spend taxpayer money that has not been appropriated by Congress. Judicial Watch discovered that President Obama and his administration’s officials are defying Judge Hanen’s recent injunction regarding this plan by going “full-throttle” with their preparations. Read more about Judicial Watch’s discovery here.
Ernest Istook, who wrote this article, explains how these bureaucrats could potentially be penalized even if President Obama is no longer in the White House:
Carrying out illegal orders is no excuse under federal law. Because there evidently is no statute of limitations on the Anti-Deficiency Act, therefore a new president and attorney-general in 2017 could pursue criminal charges as well as firings or job disciplines against all persons who approve payments on the amnesty program. And these fall guys would likely have to pay their own legal fees.