We delivered a strong case for allowing Senate Bill 4 to take effect, pending our appeal, because of the far-reaching public safety consequences of the lower courts order, Attorney General Ken Paxton said. Enforcing immigration law helps prevent dangerous criminals from being released into Texas communities. Supreme Court precedent for measures similar to Texas law make clear that Senate Bill 4 is entirely consistent with the cooperative system of government that the Constitution created.
Synthetic drugs are not just illegal, they pose a number of potentially devastating health risks to users, Attorney General Paxton said. These smoke shops put young lives at risk by selling them dangerous substances falsely advertised as safe and legal. My office will continue to do everything within its power to protect Texans from this growing threat.
Churches have opened their doors to feed, shelter, comfort, and rebuild their communities even hosting FEMA operations in the process but this policy has made those very same churches ineligible for assistance because their primary use is, by nature, religious, Gov. Abbott and Attorney General Paxton wrote. The policy of denying relief funds for churches discriminates on the grounds of religion and is nothing more than the relic of an administration that preferred rewriting laws to faithfully executing them.
Protecting Texans is a top priority of my office. The goal of this phase of our investigation is to collect enough information so that the multi-state coalition can effectively evaluate whether manufacturers and distributors engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale, and distribution of opioids, Attorney General Paxton said. Well determine an appropriate course of action once its determined what role these companies may have played in creating or prolonging the opioid crisis.
Unfortunately, scams involving contractors failing to perform work they were paid to do are not uncommon following a disaster such as Hurricane Harvey, Attorney General Paxton said. I encourage hurricane victims in Texas to take the extra time to evaluate and hire the right contractor to avoid being swindled. The consumer protection hotline will remain open and we stand ready to assist anyone who has been preyed upon after this disaster. Please call my office at 800-621-0508 to report scams.
"The Supreme Court confirmed what the rest of us already knew: Texas should be able to use maps in 2018 that the district court itself adopted in 2012 and Texas used in the last three election cycles," Attorney General Paxton said. "In 2012 the Supreme Court ordered the district court to adopt lawful maps, and we believe it did so. We are eager to proceed with this case in the high court."
My office has been in contact with Equifax and is working to get to the bottom of how this massive data breach occurred, and how we can protect the 12 million Texans it reported who are at potential risk of identity theft, Attorney General Paxton said. We will do whats necessary to hold Equifax accountable. In the meantime, I encourage Texans to educate themselves about how to best protect their personal information and to file a complaint with my office if they have any concerns about this breach.
Its unconscionable that any business would take advantage of Texans at their most vulnerable those who are displaced from their homes, have limited resources, and are in desperate need of fuel, shelter and the basic necessities of life, Attorney General Paxton said. Texas has tough price gouging laws, and my office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases arising from Hurricane Harvey.
At every step in its so-called reputation management process, Solvera repeatedly employed false, deceptive and misleading practices, Attorney General Paxton said. My office will not allow Texas consumers, attorneys, and courts to be confused and deceived by this unlawful behavior.
The Supreme Court has the opportunity to affirm that the First Amendment contains robust protections for people who choose to operate their businesses consistent with their faith, Attorney General Paxton said. The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop should be allowed to choose what he will or wont create without fear of being unjustly punished by the government.
Jeff Mateer is a principled leadera man of characterwho has done an outstanding job for the State of Texas as First Assistant Attorney General, said Attorney General Paxton. I knew when I appointed him eighteen months ago that a greater calling could come, and I couldnt be happier for Jeff and his family for this well-deserved appointment and high honor. Judges who rule by the Constitution and the law are desperately needed today, and I am confident a Judge Mateer will faithfully fulfill this duty.
Were pleased that the 5th Circuit agrees that Texas voter ID law should remain in effect for upcoming elections, Attorney General Paxton said. Safeguarding the integrity of our election process is essential to preserving our democracy, and the voter ID law provides simple protections to ensure our elections accurately reflect the will of voters in Texas.
We dismissed our lawsuit after achieving victory on DACA and DAPA. Both programs originated from Obama-era executive action creating far-reaching, class-based deferred action programs and granting lawful presence and attendant benefits to qualifying applicants, without congressional authorization, Attorney General Paxton said. Our lawsuit was always about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy.
The district courts fundamentally flawed holding that states violate the Fourth Amendment by even voluntarily honoring federal ICE detainer requests threatens to shut down federal-local cooperation that has existed throughout the nation since the 1940s, Attorney General Paxton told the court. The district courts order should be immediately stayed pending appeal, as this injunction has far reaching public safety consequences. Senate Bill 4 is wholly valid, and the state has every right to prohibit its own localities from having sanctuary city policies.
I applaud President Trump for phasing out DACA. As the Texas-led coalition explained in our June letter, the Obama-era program went far beyond the executive branchs legitimate authority, Attorney General Paxton said. Had former President Obamas unilateral order on DACA been left intact, it would have set a dangerous precedent by giving the executive branch sweeping authority to bypass Congress and change immigration laws. If ever there were a violation of the Presidents duty to take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, DACA was it: President Obama unilaterally conferred lawful presence and work authorization, and then President Obama used that lawful-presence dispensation to unilaterally confer U.S. citizenship.
Texans are known for opening their hearts and wallets to others in times of need, Attorney General Paxton said. By doing a little research, well-meaning Texans can ensure their dollars actually go to a legitimate charity or organization providing victim and community support, rather than funding fraudulent scams set up to capitalize on a disaster.