|Nominated by George W. Bush|
Preceded by Filemon Vela, Sr.
|Name Andrew Hanen|
|Full Name Andrew Scott Hanen|
Born December 10, 1953 (age 67), Elgin, Illinois (1953-12-10)
Alma mater Denison University (1975)Baylor Law School (1978)
Education Denison University, Baylor Law School
Similar Filemon Vela Sr., Barack Obama, Joe R Greenhill
Andrew Scott Hanen (born December 10, 1953) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Early life and education
Hanen was born on December 10, 1953, in Elgin, Illinois, but was raised in Waco, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Denison University in 1975, majoring in economics and political science. He received his Juris Doctor from Baylor Law School in 1978, where he graduated first in his class. He was a briefing attorney to Joe Greenhill, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, from 1978 to 1979.
He was in private practice in Houston, Texas, from 1979 to 2002. In 1992, Hanen was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to be a United States District Judge, but the nomination lapsed.
District court service
On January 23, 2002, he was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas vacated by Filemon Vela, Sr. Hanen was confirmed by a 97-0 vote of the United States Senate on May 9, 2002, and received his commission on May 10, 2002. Hanen maintains chambers in Brownsville, Texas.
During sentencing of a convicted child smuggler in December 2013, Hanen sharply rebuked the United States Department of Homeland Security for not prosecuting the child's mother. Hanen wrote, "DHS should cease telling the citizens of the United States that it is enforcing our border security laws because it is not. Even worse, it is helping those who violate these laws."
While on the bench, Hanen has "developed a reputation as an outspoken judicial critic of the Obama administration's immigration policies." In February 2015, Hanen granted the State of Texas's motion for a nationwide preliminary injunction barring President Barack Obama from carrying out the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program. In United States v. Texas, that ruling was affirmed by an equally divided Supreme Court of the United States on June 23, 2016.
On May 19, 2016, while the case was awaiting decision at the Supreme Court, as a lesser alternative to entirely striking the government's pleadings, Hanen demanded that some 3,000 Department of Justice lawyers in 26 states take ethics classes, and ordered other sanctions for those who argued Texas v. United States, involving President Obama's immigration executive actions. Hanen did not explain why he extended his sanctions to attorneys who had no involvement in the case. Hanen accused Justice Department's lawyers of lying to him during arguments in the case, and barred them from appearing in his courtroom. He accused the department of "a calculated plan of unethical conduct". Hanen also ordered Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint someone within the department to ensure compliance with his order.
Hanen also ordered U.S. immigration officials to turn over, within weeks, the names and addresses of 50,000 people who received deferral under the expanded deferred-action initiative. The National Immigration Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants' Rights Project, and the ACLU of Texas petitioned the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to vacate the order or postpone the deadline. Separately, the Justice Department argued in a filing in the district court than Hansen's ordered sanctions "exceed the scope of [the court's] authority and unjustifiably impose irreparable injury on the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and thousands of innocent third parties." The Justice Department also argued that additional ethics courses could cost up to $7.8 million over five years.
On June 7, 2016, Hansen stayed his order requiring ethics courses for federal attorneys and requiring U.S. immigration officials to turn over the names and addresses until August 2016.