Attorney General Paxton said this in response to the decision: Todays ruling by the 5th Circuit will allow the state to fight the smuggling of humans and illegal contraband by transnational gangs and perpetrators of organized crime, not just on the border, but throughout Texas.
Truckers are the eyes and ears of our Texas highways, Attorney General Paxton said. This partnership brings law enforcement and the trucking industry together, educating them on the signs of human trafficking and how to report it. It helps ensure that victims will be identified and rescued, and that traffickers will find themselves behind bars.
The action taken today by the Trump administration is encouraging and my office is evaluating what impact it might bear on our ongoing litigation. Our fight over the bathroom directive has always been about former President Obamas attempt to bypass Congress and rewrite the laws to fit his political agenda for radical social change. The Obama administrations directive on bathrooms unlawfully invaded areas that are left to state discretion under the Tenth Amendment. School policy should center on the safety, privacy and dignity of its students, not the whims of federal bureaucrats.
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office filed a lawsuit in Hidalgo County against a Mission, Texas-based construction company, and that a court has granted a restraining order stopping the company and its administrators from allegedly targeting Hispanics in a home building scam.
Todays decision is disappointing and flies in the face of basic human decency. The raw, unedited footage from undercover videos exposed a brazen willingness by Planned Parenthood officials to traffic in fetal body parts, as well as manipulate the timing and method of an abortion. Even the remains of the most vicious criminals are treated with respect. But the children who never had a chance at life become so-called medical waste or, alternatively, a commodity to be bartered for. No taxpayer in Texas should have to subsidize this repugnant and illegal conduct. We should never lose sight of the fact that, as long as abortion is legal in the United States, the potential for these types of horrors will continue.
Election integrity is one of the most important functions of government, and Voter ID is an integral part of maintaining election integrity, Attorney General Paxton said. The updates to Voter ID that Senator Huffman proposes will make the changes necessary to comply with the Fifth Circuit ruling while ensuring the integrity of the voting process. The leadership of Lieutenant Governor Patrick and Senator Huffman are critical to Texas ability to use its Voter ID law in the future.
The Constitution plainly guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to bear arms outside of the home for self-defense, whether through open or concealed carrying. That right must be vigilantly protected, Attorney General Paxton said. Im proud to work with attorneys general from across the nation in the fight to preserve Americans right to security and self-defense.
I wrote for Breitbart Texas last year, Politics has a nasty habit of trumping good policy. Recent events have made me want to add a postscript: politics makes for a terrible foundation on which to base a court opinion. It can cloud even the most routine of legal questions and turns an opportunity for the court to provide clarity into a morass of bad and often contradictory precedent.
The First Amendment guarantees the liberty to speak freely, and the fundamental right to disagree. The government cannot force individuals to create art against their conscience and deeply held religious beliefs. Todays display of intolerance by the Washington State Supreme Court both defies the Constitution and seeks to outlaw the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Compelling individuals to speak messages against their sincerely held beliefs is un-American and unconstitutional.
The law makes it very clear that the president has discretion to protect the safety of the American people and our nations institutions with respect to who can come into this country, Attorney General Paxton said. The safety of the American people and the security of our country are President Trumps major responsibilities under the law.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that officers with his Criminal Investigations Division arrested Daniel James Dickson, 44, of Houston, on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
The government lacks any and all constitutional authority to interfere in the internal administrative affairs of the church; such an intrusion is in fact strictly prohibited, Attorney General Paxton said. The First Amendment exists in order to preserve the peoples right to shape their own faith and advance their churchs mission. This, by necessity, includes managing the churchs financial assets and deciding how, when, and by what principles those assets should be invested or spent. For the judiciary to step in is to put the weight of law behind one theological divide and force the court in the position of creating religious doctrine.
This Rule requires expensive and excessive restrictions that will damage not only our economy, but the livelihood of citizens across the state with little to no effect on the environment, Attorney General Ken Paxton said. It is clear that the EPA has disregarded state-specific plans and successful environmental action in favor of continuing to expand their regulatory power over states. My office will continue to defend our state from the EPAs harmful, overreaching regulations.
President Trump recently announced that he is considering an executive order which will tackle the problem of voter fraud. The ensuing speculation has ignited a flurried back-and-forth among the national media, as political pundits debate whether voter fraud represents a genuine threat to American democracy or whether it is instead a shadow moving across a wall. Meanwhile, here in Texas, voters received a living reminder of just how easy it is for the enterprising few to manipulate the system and cast a ballot illegally.
This case shows how serious Texas is about keeping its elections secure, and the outcome sends a message that violators of the states election law will be prosecuted to the fullest, Attorney General Paxton said. Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is essential to preserving our democracy.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested a Pflugerville man on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Kenneth Ray Ward, 54, is charged with a third-degree felony and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Our review of the law concludes CSSB 4 is constitutional, there are viable methods for covered entities to avoid liability regarding invalid detainers, and the remainder of the legal concerns are unfounded.
The Federal Circuits misinterpretation of the patent venue law undermines public confidence in the judicial system and has, as it was once described, turned the Eastern District of Texas into an intellectual property speed trap, Attorney General Paxton said. Patent trolls know full well that the cost of litigating cases there makes it cheaper for many companies to just pay them to go away. Thats why its so important for the Supreme Court to reverse the lower court.
Everyone should have a hero to whom they aspiresomeone who drives them to be better, to succeed, to be stouthearted in their principles. When I was a young attorney, Justice Antonin Scalia occupied that role. He was the epitome of what a U.S. Supreme Court justice should be. He was intelligent, sharp-witted, compassionate, and joyful in his vocation. He all but singlehandedly brought the Constitutions text back into the Supreme Courts jurisprudence.
In short, we are convinced that, as the next Supreme Court Justice, Judge Gorsuch will be committed to resisting unlawful government overreach, respecting the democratic process, and protecting individual liberties, Attorney General Paxton wrote. The Senate should respect the will of the voters in this last election by confirming President Trumps choice without delay.