WASHINGTON, D.C. – After accepting at least $40,000 in campaign cash from those who benefit financially from deportation or support the harshest immigration laws, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued to overturn the new administration’s temporary pause on deportations. In addition to taking money from anti-immigration profiteers, Paxton has continued to push dangerous conspiracy theories and refused to condemn the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Paxton’s benefactors include private prison corporation GEO Group, which depends on contracts from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), has been suffering financially in recent months, and saw its stock plummet when Donald Trump lost the election. Paxton also took at least $25,000 from right-wing financier James Dondero who wrote an article claiming “third-world immigration” posed “an existential economic crisis” to the U.S. Paxton has also been endorsed and supported by virulently anti-immigrant group Patriot Voices PAC. SEE ANALYSIS from government watchdog Accountable.US.
“Ken Paxton failed to overturn the election results, so he’s going to court to try to overturn the election’s consequences. It’s clear that Paxton’s priorities don’t lie with the will of the people — they lie with the private prison interests that funded his campaigns and cashed in on the Trump administration’s heinous family separation policies,” said Jeremy Funk, spokesman for Accountable.US. “While Paxton spends all his resources on pleasing his donors, millions of families in Texas and across the country continue to live in fear as they struggle to survive in this ongoing crisis.”