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Homeland Security Secretary won't have to testify in Texas immigration case

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies during a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee February 26, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies during a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee February 26, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

Top immigration enforcement officials won't have to attend a federal court hearing in Texas over problems that led to work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after the judge had put the plan on hold.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and four other officials previously were ordered by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, to attend an Aug. 19 hearing. Hanen had threatened to hold the officials in contempt of court for the problems.

But in a court order Tuesday, Hanen said the officials don't have to attend the hearing.

Last month, the Justice Department said in court documents the federal government now complies with Hanen's preliminary injunction that suspended Obama's immigration plan after a lawsuit was filed.

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