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Texas AG Ken Paxton on Fighting Biden’s Anti-border Policies

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11.06.2021

In this week’s Parsing Immigration Policy podcast, I was joined by Ken Paxton, attorney general of Texas, to talk about what the states can do to fight the Biden administration’s immigration policies. We talked about the two arenas where Texas is at the center of the current immigration emergency: the border and the courtroom.

There’s a limit to what a state can do about illegal infiltration of its border from a foreign country. As Paxton noted, the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Arizona ruled that, as he described it, “even if [illegal immigrants] are violating federal law, and the Biden administration decided not to enforce it, as they’re required to by the Constitution and federal law, there’s supposedly nothing we can do about it — that doesn’t make any sense to me.” “If we can find the right case” to bring before the Supreme Court, he said, “I hope that they’ll look at this and consider the consequences of that decision.”

But alien smugglers, and even regular border-jumpers, are also violating state laws for which they can be arrested and prosecuted. There are two problems here, however. First, as Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (the state police)........

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