Austin, TX — Texas Republican Ken Paxton has called DACA recipients, “millions of unlawfully present aliens” and believes that a country without DREAMers would make our nation safer.
The Wall Street Journal called Paxton the “ringleader” in coercing the Trump Administration to end DACA, a program protects hardworking immigrant youth from deportation, many of which have never known a country other than America.
Attorney General Ken Paxton is lecturing about the rule of law when he faces 99 years in prison and tens of thousands in fines for two first-degree fraud charges and one third-degree felony charge.
Texas Democrat Congressman Joaquín Castro called the DACA repeal, “a tragedy for the nation.” Trump and his Republican accomplices Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton are “giving up on 800,000 of some of the brightest minds in the country.” [San Antonio Express News, September 5, 2017]
Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:
“It’s rich that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who’s facing 99 years in jail is lecturing hardworking immigrant youth on the rule of law. Donald Trump and Ken Paxton have slammed the door on the very people who embody the American Dream. Today, families are living in fear of being torn apart.
“None of this had to happen. Ken Paxton could have concentrated on keeping himself out of jail and Congress could have worked on a permanent bipartisan immigration solution without imminent threat hanging over hundreds of thousands of people.
“The fact is Trump and Texas Republicans can not resist pandering to nativists and white supremacists, but once again Donald Trump broke promises and ignored the pleas of the nation.
“The vast majority of Americans believe DACA should be preserved and immigrant youth should stay. DREAMers belong here, end of story. This land is your land, and Texas Democrats will do everything in our power to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act.”