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AG Pax­ton: Texas Law­suit Results in Court Halt­ing Biden Administration’s Unlaw­ful Freeze of Depor­ta­tions, Uphold­ing Fed­er­al Law

Attorney General Ken Paxton today lauded the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas after it issued a nationwide preliminary injunction halting implementation of a portion of the Biden Administration’s unlawful memorandum to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

February 24, 2021 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton: Texas Law­suit Results in Court Uphold­ing Fed­er­al Law, Halts Biden Administration’s Unlaw­ful Freeze of Deportations

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas for granting a nationwide temporary restraining order halting implementation of the Biden Administration’s unlawful order to the Department of Homeland Security to freeze virtually all deportations of illegal aliens.

January 26, 2021 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Sues Biden Admin­is­tra­tion, Demand­ing Imme­di­ate Halt to Unlaw­ful Depor­ta­tion Freeze

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a complaint and motion for temporary restraining order in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, asking the Court to immediately halt the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) freeze on deportations of illegal aliens.

January 22, 2021 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Leads 11-State Coali­tion in Brief to Defend Life and Fed­er­al Immi­gra­tion Laws

“An unlawfully-present alien with no substantial ties to this country has no constitutional right to abortion on demand,” Attorney General Paxton said. “If ‘Moe' prevails in this case, it will contradict U.S. Supreme Court precedent and create a right to abortion for anyone who enters the U.S. illegally, no matter how briefly. Texas has a legitimate and substantial interest in preserving and promoting fetal life. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”

December 18, 2017

Texas AG Leads Fight Against Abuse of Pow­er in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

“Our lawsuit to stop President Obama’s illegal immigration policy is about a concept as old as the nation’s founding: that one person cannot unilaterally change the law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “If this blatant power-grab by President Obama is allowed to go unchecked, nothing would stop a future president from issuing an executive order dissolving the rights of gun owners in violation of the Second Amendment, nullifying the religious freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, or abolishing any other dearly held rights.”

April 18, 2016

Over­whelm­ing Nation­al Sup­port in Supreme Court for Texas’ Case Against the Pres­i­den­t’s Immi­gra­tion Action

“This lawsuit to stop President Obama’s illegal immigration policy is about a concept as old as the nation’s founding ”“ the separation of powers,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These amicus briefs represent the growing national opposition to the Obama Administration’s unilateral action. No president has the power to override the will of the People as vested in our Constitution, and I look forward to taking this case before the highest court later this month on behalf of 26 states.”

April 05, 2016

Oba­ma Admin­is­tra­tion Defies Court’s Direc­tive; Set­tles Syr­i­ans in Texas With­out Advance Notice or Information

“The Obama Administration continues settling Syrian refugees in our neighborhoods and communities under a cloak of secrecy,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “Last weekend the federal government settled refugees with no advance notice, in complete violation of a court’s directive, and were scheduled to bring more refugees to Texas without providing adequate information about who they are. The threat to our communities by foreign terrorists is real. The greater concern is not what we know about these refugees; it’s what we do not know.”

January 26, 2016

State­ment on Supreme Court Grant­i­ng Review in Immi­gra­tion Case

“In deciding to hear this case, the Supreme Court recognizes the importance of the separation of powers. As federal courts have already ruled three times, there are limits to the President’s authority, and those limits enacted by Congress were exceeded when the President unilaterally sought to grant ”˜lawful presence’ to more than 4 million unauthorized aliens who are in this country unlawfully. The Court should affirm what President Obama said himself on more than 20 occasions: that he cannot unilaterally rewrite congressional laws and circumvent the people’s representatives.”

January 19, 2016