WASHINGTON, D.C. – Less than 48 hours into the Biden presidency, Ken Paxton — the conspiracy-mongering, sedition-tolerating Texas Attorney General who’s reportedly under FBI investigation after accusations from his staff of abusing his official power to help a campaign donor in legal trouble — is threatening a lawsuit against the new administration’s temporary pause on deportations. But nowhere in the lawsuit does Paxton reveal that he has taken at least $40,000 in campaign cash from those who benefit financially from deportation or support the harshest immigration laws. SEE ANALYSIS from government watchdog Accountable.US.
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 took $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.
“Ken Paxton is going to the mat for the private prison interests that funded his campaign and cashed in on the Trump administration’s heinous family separation policies. It’s no surprise that the alleged favor trader is leading the charge as someone who wants to perpetuate policies that throw more immigrants in the detention system,” said Jeremy Funk, spokesman for Accountable.US. “It’s shameful that people like Paxton want to keep the status quo: millions of people who call this country home living in the shadows and in constant fear of being separated from their families when they could be contributing even more to society, the tax system and the economy.”