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Texas Attorney General Sues White House Over Immigration Policy 

Texas Attorney General Sues White House Over Immigration Policy 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the White House to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy following the Biden Administration’s failure to uphold a district court order to do so. The order was backed by the Supreme Court in August.

“It looks like to us they’re just stalling,” says Paxton. “I think they’re just trying to keep ignoring federal law, keep ignoring the Supreme Court ruling. The government doesn’t care about federal law; clearly, we’ve already established that. Now, they don’t care about all the orders from the courts, including the Supreme Court.” 

Also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the “Remain in Mexico” program forced non-Mexican refugees seeking to enter the United States to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims were processed.

The policy – which was successful in sending roughly 70,000 refugees back to Mexico – was designed to ease pressure on US border patrol officials and facilities, decrease the number of illegal border crossings, and speed up the processing of asylum requests.

Critics argued the policy was unfair, as migrants often had to wait in dangerous areas of Mexico. 

“The [MPP] essentially meant that any asylum-seekers who arrived at the US-Mexico border would not be processed through normal channels but would be forced to remain in Mexico where many faced conditions of violence and kidnapping,” argues Austin Kocher, a lead researcher at Syracuse University’s nonprofit for tracking immigration cases.

Kocher may be correct, but let’s consider the alternative:

President Joe Biden declared an end to the MPP on his first day in office. Since then, border apprehensions have skyrocketed to reach more than 1 million (and that’s based only on numbers available through June). This exorbitant figure is more than twice the number of apprehensions made last year and is far higher than the annual total for 2019 – a year when the situation became so dire that Trump declared a national emergency.

And it’s not just people that are coming into the United States. 

Since Biden’s inauguration, the Texas Department of Public Safety has seized 95 pounds of fentanyl (an extremely dangerous synthetic opioid) compared to just 11 pounds during the entirety of 2020. Mexican cartels are largely responsible for the increase. 

In March, as migrant crossings continued to overwhelm border patrol agents, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) declared a crisis and announced Operation Lone Star – a historic effort to secure the border without assistance from the Biden Administration. 

Operation Lone Star involves thousands of state troopers and National Guard soldiers who have been dispatched to assist border patrol agents, a $1.8 billion investment in border security, and plans to resume construction of Trump’s border wall. 

“It is clear that Biden’s open-border policies are unleashing deadly consequences right here in the Dallas-Forth Worth area,” complains Abbott. 

Earlier this year, Texas and Missouri went to federal court in Texas to challenge President Biden’s decision to unilaterally declare an end to the MPP; both states argued that his decision represented a violation of federal immigration law and would impose unfair costs on the states. A federal district judge agreed with Texas and Missouri and ordered the Biden Administration to reinstate the MPP by August 21st, 2021. When the 5th Circuit Court declined to put the order on hold to give the government time to appeal, Biden Administration officials took the case to the Supreme Court. 

The Biden Administration’s plea for time was rejected by the Supreme Court on August 24th, meaning the government must take action to reinstate the MPP while the case proceeds. 

Paxton’s lawsuit accuses the Biden Administration of ignoring that order. 

“What we want is deadlines, we want some type of deadline for them to take action sooner rather than later. We won this about a month ago,” argues Paxton. “Hey, Mr. President, you have to follow federal law someday. They’re never going to follow federal law, it looks like. They’re going to keep stalling until they are forced by some deadline to act. And maybe they need some type of consequences.”

Sources:

‘Remain in Mexico’ program is officially disbanded by Biden administration

Q&A: Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” Program 

Greg Abbott sends state troopers, National Guard to border after increase in fentanyl seizures 

Governor Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration in Response to Border Crisis in Texas 

Texas AG Sues Biden WH Over ‘Remain in Mexico’ 

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  1. Dan Tyree

    Great news. The so called immigration policy is in violation of the laws

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  2. frank stetson

    I thought Texas passed the bill that said they have to treat all lives that last for 6-weeks in Texas as sacred subjects of the state to be saved. Anything alive for over six weeks must be saved, can’t be sent away, can’t be destroyed. I thought they really liked to save damaged goods like rape victims, incest victims, incest rape victims and their kids. What’s wrong with these lives that they have to be locked out, sent home, and never assessed for asylum.

    Guess some humans in Texas have a higher priority for being saved in America than others. At least to Texans.

    Gosh, remember when we used to get together to solve our problems together. Now there’s Texas that stands alone.

    Dan says we are violating the immigration laws; wow, another ascertain without support. Typical.

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    • Dan Tyree

      Frank I see that you’re still fighting mental health. But don’t worry. The republicans will save us all.

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      • frank stetson

        Dan with the “are you still beating your wife” presumptive guilt approach. Nice try. Better get back to the low-brow name calling, this higher level stuff is well beyond your abilities.

        And yes, I do believe the Republicans will save us all. As they remain unvaccinated, there’s gonna be less of them voting in 2022. If Trump’s lunatic fringe are too afraid to come out to even protest anymore, do you think your white supremacist terrorist wing will be voting heavy in 2022? And with God’s miraculous sense of humor, in many Republican strongholds, they can’t even vote by mail, extended hours and even have early voting curtailed.

        Just not sure Larry can hold his nose and working the voting machine at the same time :>)

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        • Rhonda laverty

          That’s when the civil war will start First post from me but I’ve been reading your comments and it’s sad that people right here in America would support communism. No, the republicans aren’t going to be wiped out.

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        • Mike sizemore

          Here’s the low brow name calling. You probably diddle little boys.

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        • Gary boyd

          Frank I read an article stating that Monica lewinski has a net worth of 1.5 million dollars. Perhaps you should try to get on as Biden’s intern. Just don’t wear a blue dress

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  3. Frank stetson

    What a poor attempt at humor. Again with the untraditional sex fascination; this guy leans to being trans; Bully for Gary, way to come out.

    Why would I want to do all that just have a smaller net worth? You guys just think way too small.

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  4. Joseph S. Bruder

    “It is clear that Biden’s open-border policies are unleashing deadly consequences right here in the Dallas-Forth Worth area,” complains Abbott.

    Wow, that’s rich, considering that Abbott’s policies have elevated the Texas COVID death toll to 66,000, and at 143 per day, more than half of the US daily total.

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  5. Fashion Styles

    One thing I have actually noticed is that there are plenty of misguided beliefs regarding the financial institutions intentions whenever talking about foreclosure. One fairy tale in particular is the bank desires your house. The lender wants your money, not the house. They want the money they loaned you with interest. Staying away from the bank will still only draw any foreclosed conclusion. Thanks for your post.

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    • Joseph S. Bruder

      Except, if a borrower gets into trouble, say, because of a job loss or even a bank error, the bank takes back the property AND keeps everything the buyer has put into the house, sells it off at cost or small profit, and the homeowner is out on the street. Their credit is shot, and they have to pay more for credit, rent, and expenses for the next 7 years.

      The crash in the early 2000’s, which essentially put the whole country into a recession, happened because banks extended loans to minorities who only marginally qualified for the loans. Then the banks made it worse by jacking up the interest rates to cover the risk. Often the risks are
      made to look worse by redlining the neighborhoods of minorities – appraising the values of the homes at three-quarters or even half the value of comparable homes in white neighborhoods. Then they package it into securities, sell it off, and take their profit early. The banks who bought the bundled securities think they’re getting a healthy securities, until the homeowners fail under the weight of the extra interest. The next thing you know, the whole bundled security business collapses, banks that are “too big to fail” have to be bailed out by the government, and the whole world experiences a recession and unemployment jumps to 11%. Just because some Republicans in Congress thought “deregulation” was a good idea.

      So, let Disney or the Brothers Grimm deal with the fairy tales, and you should stick to something you actually know about.

      Reply

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