Politico reports hoping to head off an angry judge's demands for top Obama administration officials to appear in his courtroom later this month, the federal government is arguing that it has taken "extraordinary measures" to remedy a series of foul-ups that led to the issuance of about 2,700 three-year work permits to illegal immigrants despite the judge's order in February to stop granting such permits. Justice Department lawyers detailed a flurry of letters, emails, text messages and even in-person visits to the homes of individuals sent the three-year permits, during which they managed to get the permits back from the vast majority of recipients who got them after the injunction. In light of the government's overall effort to recover the permits issued after the injunction, Justice Department lawyers asked Judge Hanen to cancel the hearing he tentatively set for Aug. 19. In the alternative, the Justice Department wants only Rodriguez to have to appear. DOJ lawyers cited legal precedents holding that having senior executive branch officials appear personally in court implicates separation of powers issues and could interfere with their other duties.