Texas AG Ken Paxton Leads Ten-State Coalition With Lawsuit Threat Over Obama-Era Immigration Reform

The Texas Tribune reports:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and officials from nine other states on Friday urged the Trump administration to end an Obama-era program that’s allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to live and work in the country without fear of being deported.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Paxton urged the White House to rescind the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. DACA applies to undocumented immigrants that came to the country before they were 16 years old and were 30 or younger as of June 2012. It awards recipients a renewable, two-year work permit and a reprieve from deportation proceedings.

As of August 2016, more than 220,000 undocumented immigrants in Texas had applied for a permit or a renewal of one under the program, and nearly 200,000 of those have been approved, according to government statistics. It’s the second-highest total behind California’s estimated 387,000 applications and 359,000 approvals during the same time frame.

More from the Austin Statesman:

Paxton, who penned the letter, said he and the multi-state coalition that made the request are prepared to pull a lawsuit challenging deferred action program currently pending in district courts if the program is ended by Sept. 5. If not, he said the suit would expand to include DACA and remaining expanded DACA permits.

The attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia signed the letter, along with the Governor of Idaho.

Consul General of Mexico in Austin Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez said the recipients of DACA have spent most of their lives in the United States, and their home countries, whether Mexico or elsewhere, are more foreign to them than the United States.

  • Tawreos

    These people are worried about people that have been here for years and have done nothing wrong. These people live in fear that there are and will be more and more not-white people in this country and they can’t handle it.

  • Rex

    The party of family values is hell-bent on hurting families.
    There is absolutely no compassion in the GOP. None.

    • Tawreos

      They have plenty of compassion for white kids with a net worth greater than most states have.

    • Chris Baker

      Now it were 200,000 unborn fetuses in Texas awaiting abortions… then it would be another story. But that fact that it’s 200,000 brown, Spanish-speaking* kids (when they arrived) it’s a whole ‘nother story.
      I’m guessing that most of them are working, and since they are documented, are paying taxes. Not sure what’s the problem. With a bill from Congress, they could all suddenly be citizens.
      It’s the same people who laugh at the idea of the world being overpopulated (“drive through Dakota and see all that open land!”) and boast that America is the richest country in the world, who say that we can’t take any more immigrants.
      *most likely, they are all speaking pretty good English now.

      • kareemachan

        And sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting, “LALALALALALA!!!!!1!” when it is pointed out to them how SHITTY the US is compared to other countries when it comes to healthcare, violence, and such.

        “MURRIKA IS GREAT!!!! THE BEST!!!1!”


        • Uncle Mark

          They will villify you as being a traitor for daring to suggest that this country can somehow be improved….unless you mention removing all the “brown people” or making this more of a Christian theocracy (except don’t use the word theocracy…too many syllables.)

          • Oh’behr in Minnesota

            Also Seven Mountains Dominionism has a lot of syllables.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        This will be horribly disruptive and painful for those families. However, in the long run, I am convinced, it will do more damage to Texas, Idaho, Louisiana, etc. and it will be an net positive for Mexico. When you read/view all the news reports about the people who have been deported, their employers describe them as “irreplaceable” and that even with years of training, they will not be able to get comparable people. Contrary to the cliches, these are not “low skill” workers; they have very specific skills that most Americans are not willing to do, but also that extremely few Americans would be capable of doing even if they were willing.

        The median time in the U.S. for current illegal immigrants is 13.6 years. I suspect for those from Mexico it is even longer, since Mexicans made up most of the early part of that wave and have been declining significantly ever since (for a couple of years, there was actually more people moving from the U.S. to Mexico than the other way around). That means the educational investment for their kids (which the racists love to constantly bitch about) has already been paid. So now the U.S. has paid to educate them and will send them to another country when they are entering their most productive years and will be paying the most into the economy.

        Add to that that they are generally younger and healthier, and have been keeping SS and Medicare solvent, and taking everything into account, you can begin to see the approaching economic Hindenburg that this will be for the U.S.

    • Tomcat

      Not true, they will help any white get a gun, even mentally unstable white people.

    • Mark McGovern

      Sure seems that way. As a parent, I cannot imagine the horror of doing that to children and young adults; many of whom probably speak only English. What possible good does it serve? How fucking mean spirited can they be?

  • Todd20036

    Hey Bernie bros and Jill Pills and too apathetic to vote people:


    • kareemachan

      Jill sure is. She wouldn’t change a thing.

      Still like to know what the fuck she was doing in Russia at Putin’s table….

  • tonyg

    How’s that securities fraud defense shaping up, Ken?

  • FAEN

    Yeah still think Hillary and Cheeto ‘are the same’?

  • Hank

    Watch out for Falling Trees, Ken!

    • tonyg

      That was mean. Come sit by me.

      • Hank


  • Kruhn

    How very Christian, kids who may have not been to their country of origin in years, probably barely speak or do not speak the language at all and who had no say or choice should be kicked out of the country to win political points.

    God save me from your followers.

  • Tawreos

    Fuck Texas….Again!

    • Bonobo

      … the stinking armpit of the nation.

  • FAEN

    The party of family values will let the crops rot in the fields again while destroying families. Because that’s exactly what Jesus would do right?

    Republicans-you are beyond morally bankrupt and have been for years.

  • PickyPecker
  • safari

    Party of death strikes again.

  • Hank
  • Pollos Hermanos

    That’s a veritable who’s who of shithole states I’ll never go to.

    • Christopher

      What’s really sad, is that all of these states, yes even Kansas and Nebraska, have a real beauty to their landscapes. It’s the people that live there that make them unbearable.

      • Oh’behr in Minnesota

        Well, there are liberal places in most of them which are admirable. Plus enough liberal folk trying to balance out the redness of their state. Also LGBT people living there as it was their childhood home or their parents still live there.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Dear Mexico, please take back your sovereign state of Texas.

    • Hank


      • bambinoitaliano

        A wall between the rest of the country from Texas?

        • kareemachan

          I’d be good with that.

  • Macbill

    It’s obvious this is from city folk. They don’t know or care who picks their fresh lettuce. Wouldn’t they be surprised if Hispanics suddenly disappeared like in a Twilight Zone episode?

    • Tomcat

      Even Jeb Bush said shortly after 911 and the border was closed tighter,, now who will pick our fruit?

  • Dejerrity

    Let’s not forget that Ken Paxton is under indictment for FRAUD, among other things, and has exhausted his indictment appeals.

    Crazy Texas bitch is going to jail.

  • Brooklyn Joe

    Wow Texas is batting 2 for 2 today! And who’s going to do all the jobs that good white Christian Americans turn up their noses at?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      The packaged answer among the trumpanzees seems to be “Get those ******* off of welfare.” They think everybody who isn’t working (retirees, stay-at-home parents, students, disabled, etc.) is on welfare. When you point out that the current unemployment rate is very low (Thanks, Obama) and the labor market is actually tight right now, they retreat into their screechy racist mantras.

  • The_Wretched

    Paxton clear up his insider trading problems yet? I still don’t see how the head of law enforcement in TX can be under a legal cloud and keep that job.

    • Tawreos

      Texas republicans are the only ones allowed to break whatever law they want and fear no consequences.

      • BudClark

        See my comment above … “law-abiding Republican” is an oxymoron.

    • BudClark

      Um …. doesn’t seem to bother The Orange Rump or any OTHER Rethuglican ….

  • Tomcat

    Wasn’t that long ago Tennessee was falsifying drivers licenses for illegals.

  • Lazycrockett

    Texas seems to be awful cranky this morning.

    • safari

      Their out-sized ego is upset that Donald is getting all the attention.

    • kareemachan

      Too bad kenny doesn’t try to fix his state before showing his asshattery on the national level.

      Texas could use fixing.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Oh, Texas, I was offered a position there with a sizable salary increase. I thought about it for 2 minutes and said to them, “I have to live in Texas?” They said yes and I said, “They don’t like our people there. No thanks.”

    • Hank
    • Lakeviewbob

      When I worked from home in Chicago my job was off-shored. I had the choice of transferring to the home office in Plano (the whitest place in the world) and I did not even consider the offer.

    • Rambie

      I had a job offer in Dallas last year, didn’t even consider it.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      LOL. Same here. In my field (I’m a civil engineer), I regularly get e-mails from recruiters trying to fill engineering positions in Texas, Iowa and Georgia. I swear some of those positions must be empty now for going on 3 years.

    • Danieruw

      How did they respond?

    • Ginger Snap

      Emptying the bottle of wine to this comment, Cheers!

  • Michael R

    Meanwhile Trump continues to hire foreign workers through the federal H-2A visa program because no one else can survive on what he pays .

    • kareemachan

      And wants to let rich Chinese in cuz $$$$.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Boreal

    Texas should get their shit together because climate change doesn’t care about teh gays.


    • ByronK

      Things aren’t looking too rosy for Florida either! hehehe

      • BudClark

        Just WAIT until the salt water severely invades the fresh-water aquifer under those multi-million-dollar properties on the Gold Coast … it’s already happening.

    • bambinoitaliano

      They are already drowned in hatred, what’s another environment anomaly.

  • JWC

    Texas is becoming the major in house architect to destroying the USA

  • OdieDenCO

    the farmers are already complaining about a lack of field workers caused by donnys’ idiocy. now paxton wants to remove even more potential workers. Moran alert!

  • Ninja0980

    And for all the folks who accused the left of judge shopping with Trump’s travel, Paxton and company will be filing these lawsuits inside one of the most anti-immigrant judges in the country.
    Fancy that.

  • Christopher

    Thanks for going on record as assholes. (Like we didn’t already know, or at the very least, have suspected.)

    It’s always nice when they’re upfront with their bigotry.

    So, I guess we all can assume then, that every other problem in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia have been fixed, and this is why you’ve now chosen to pick a fight with people who have lived here most of their lives.

    Oh, I forgot. Obama did it, so it must go.

    Once again, thanks for proving to the world that you’re all assholes.

  • TheManicMechanic

    And the farmers of those states seem to have no problem depriving themselves of their only workforce willing to accept such low-to-nearly-nonexistent wages.

    • Friday

      That’s one reason they want to keep them legally-marginalized, but occasionally end up screwing themselves when they can’t find that cheap labor.

  • david fairfield

    Still not in prison? Here’s a better idea: DROP DEAD!

  • GanymedeRenard

    “Butch Otter”? Seriously, you can’t make this shyte up!

    On a serious note, shame on you, Paxton; on you and on all your fellow xenophobes!

  • neonzx

    Oh fuck no you don’t. I know several young men and women who hold DACA status. There are 10s of millions of American voters who do as well. Fuck these people we care about, and you’re fucked at the ballot box.

    • neonzx

      And I am a little pissed at some of you here referring to these kids as “lettuce pickers”. That is not what is happening. These kids grew up in our schools and communities and are looking for a better life. The DACA application is $495+$170 and has to be reapplied for every two years with another $495. Most of these kids speak perfect English and are totally assimilated into our culture and really only know the USA as their home.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Yup, the two party’s are exactly alike and we should never ever never ever doubt that because we were told so by you know who and the other bitch.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Idaho is so special that they had to sign it twice.

    Funny thing…. a few months after Trump got inaugurated, there were a bunch of newspaper articles about how Idaho farmers, especially dairy farmers, were in a panic because they couldn’t find labor this year.

    The Leopards-Eating-Peoples-Faces Party strikes again.

  • Ginger Snap

    I will never as long as I live understand the hatred towards people trying to seek refuge and a better life. I know I will never see it but one day humanity will be in decline on the big blue marble and will be forced to be a better species to survive.

  • JCF
  • Black Opal

    I’m so ashamed of West Virginia right now. That idiot is just pandering. WV has approximately five Hispanics in total. :/

  • BudClark

    Meanwhile, millions (if not billions) of dollars’ worth of crops are rotting in the fields for lack of workers to harvest them. “True ‘Mericans” won’t work with a back-breaking “short hoe” for starvation wages.

    But they want the immigrants who WILL deported … at least until the price hikes hit the supermarkets.