Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office collaborated with local and federal law enforcement on a seven-month investigation that culminated in the arrests of 13 people allegedly involved in prostitution and human trafficking in Texas.
Sending taxpayer money to abortion providers is a bit like giving matches to an arsonist, so long as he promises he will use somebody elses matches to start fires, Attorney General Paxton said. In making a true separation between family planning clinics and abortion providers a requirement for receipt of Title X funds, President Trump again demonstrated his commitment to protecting the sanctity of life and the conscience rights of millions of Americans. Attempts to conflate abortion and family planning have always violated the letter and the spirit of Title X. This decision is equal parts victory for the rule of law and for the unborn.
Texans who were tricked into sending funds via Western Union and qualify for refunds deserve justice, but many may not know about this opportunity, Attorney General Paxton said. My office is reminding affected consumers that May 31 is the deadline to submit a claim so they can get back funds lost to wire transfer scams.
The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Santa Fe and those affected by todays tragic shooting. As horrific reports come out of Santa Fe High School, my office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed.
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested a Kerrville father and son for offenses involving child pornography. Sixty-one-year-old Johnny Richard Ingram Sr. was charged with one count of possession of child pornography. His 39-year-old son, Johnny Richard Ingram Jr., who is a registered sex offender, was charged with three counts of promotion of child pornography. If convicted, Ingram Sr. could face up to 10 years in prison, and his son could face 60 years.
My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for fueling the nations opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers including OxyContin when it knew their drugs were potentially dangerous and that its use had a high likelihood of leading to addiction, Attorney General Paxton said. As Purdue got rich from sales of its opioids, Texans and others across the nation were swept up in a public health crisis that led to tens of thousands of deaths each year due to opioid overdoses.
Announcing Texas efforts to combat the opioid crisis
This case demonstrates my offices commitment to protecting the integrity of elections, Attorney General Paxton said. We will continue to do everything in our power to safeguard the electoral process in Texas.
My offices contact lens sweep is a reminder to Texans to safeguard their vision by using only contact lenses prescribed for them by a licensed practitioner, Attorney General Paxton said. We will continue to take appropriate action against retailers and businesses that endanger consumers by selling unlawful lenses. We strongly urge anyone who has found retailers selling lenses without a prescription to contact our office.
States have discretion in implementing the Medicaid Act, including in setting qualifications for providers, Attorney General Paxton wrote. Texas and the Healthy Texas Women program should not be penalized through the continued withholding of federal funds merely because Texas has exercised the authority that federal law has granted to itnamely, the authority to refuse to be a conduit for channeling taxpayer funds to abortion providers pursuant to state law.
Its a travesty of justice that three unelected federal judges are forcing the Trump administration to leave an unlawful program like DACA in place indefinitely, Attorney General Paxton said. Activist judges should not stand in the way of the president fulfilling his constitutional duty. Our coalition is confident it will prevail with its lawsuit to end DACA, but in the meantime, the federal government must be enjoined from issuing or renewing any DACA permits under this unlawful program.
Attorney General Ken Paxtons remarks from todays news conference announcing a Texas-led seven state lawsuit against the federal government to end the unconstitutional Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Our lawsuit is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy, Attorney General Paxton said. Texas has argued for years that the federal executive branch lacks the power to unilaterally grant unlawfully present aliens lawful presence and work authorization. Left intact, DACA sets a dangerous precedent by giving the executive branch sweeping authority to ignore the laws enacted by Congress and change our nations immigration laws to suit a presidents own policy preferences.