Austin, TX – In case you missed it, indicted Republican AG Ken Paxton cited false and inflated numbers on FOX News about crimes committed by immigrants.
PolitiFact recently gave Paxton’s claims a “Pants on Fire” rating saying, “both of these numbers–which we’ve twice debunked in detail since 2010–exceed what the state estimates by more than 400 percent.” [San Antonio Express-News, September 9, 2018]
Paxton wrongly claimed that Texas “had over 600,000 crimes committed by illegals since 2011. Over 1,200 homicides.” during an interview on Fox & Friends. He will face Texas Democrat Justin Nelson in November.
Ken Paxton is not the only Texas Republican to use false claims to advance their racist, fear-mongering, anti-immigrant agenda:
Earlier this year, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick also used false and inflated figures about “illegal immigrants” committing crimes.
Despite the fact that immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than native-born people, Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted, “This is why so many Americans are angry about sanctuary cities. It’s why Texas banned sanctuary cities,” in order to defend his racist, “show me your papers” law, SB4.
Sid Miller promoted a false claim “illegal immigrants” had shot a group of Texas hunters, when in fact, the native-born hunters had… accidentally shot each other.
In 2014, then Governor Rick Perry also cited false numbers in an interview regarding “illegal aliens” responsible for homicides in Texas.