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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sues Biden administration over immigration executive orders

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is the first state attorney general to sue the Biden administration on their executive order proposing a 100-day pause on deportations. The state is seeking a permanent injunction while it argues the merits of the case. Paxton furthermore stated that Biden is “ignoring” federal law with sweeping executive orders on immigration, creating “huge risk” for his state.

Paxton told Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures” that Biden was “out of control” and “overstepping his Constitutional role” in the signing of all of the executive orders, used to roll back the Trump Administration’s immigration policies. “You’ve got Democrats controlling both the House and Senate so he can make these changes,” Paxton stated. “He doesn’t have to basically issue edicts from on high, ignoring federal law.”

Last Tuesday, President Biden had signed three more executive orders proposing more changes to immigration, including the creation of a task force tasked with reuniting immigrants who had been separated from family members at the border. Biden stated that this is a strategy to address “irregular migration” at the southern border, and one that will set up a review of the Trump Administration’s policies on legal immigration. In regards to these executive actions, Biden stated, “I’m not making new law, I’m eliminating bad policy,” from the Oval Office.

Paxton states that these executive orders impose a high risk on the state of Texas, as he states that the Biden Administrations policies and executive order are sending off the impression that the United States border is open, and this message is putting Texas at risk as the state shares the largest border with Mexico. Paxton furthermore stated that Texas is already grappling with human trafficking, drug smuggling, and gang issues at the border, and that Biden’s orders will only increase the cost of law enforcement, education, and cost of health services in the state.

ARTICLE: MICHAEL GODZIC

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: HOUSTON CHRONICLE

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