Texas AG Ken Paxton: Texas’ lawsuit to enforce SB4 upholds rule of law

Lee RussellNews

Attorney General Ken Paxton is standing strong on his commitment to uphold the rule of law in Texas. He is currently suing the city of San Antonio for its disregard Senate Bill 4 passed in 2017 that bans sanctuary cities in the state. The Attorney General and Republican Attorneys General Association Chair recently wrote an op-ed in My San Antonio, explaining why his suit is keeping Texans safe.

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Texans hold a broad range of views on our nation’s immigration laws. They express those views when they go to the ballot box to vote for their U.S. senators and representatives, not when they elect state and local officials.

In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 4. That bill is a commonsense law to protect the safety of Texans by barring local law enforcement from “prohibiting or materially limiting” the enforcement of immigration law.

The Legislature passed it against the backdrop of concern about crimes committed by illegal aliens, as well as local officials bent on refusing to cooperate with federal authorities. Between June 1, 2011, and Nov. 30 of this year, illegal aliens were charged with 288,000 criminal offenses; these include 538 homicide charges, 32,005 assault charges and 36,346 drug charges. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld virtually every element of SB4.

On Friday, my office sued the city of San Antonio, its police chief and Police Department, and its city manager. The lawsuit follows months of investigation initiated by a formal complaint.

Our investigation revealed that in December, a dozen likely illegal aliens were found in the back of a tractor-trailer in San Antonio in what appeared to be a human-smuggling operation.

Our investigation found that a San Antonio police officer alerted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. But when federal immigration officers attempted to do their job, Police Chief William McManus violated his department’s protocol by calling an activist immigration attorney to the scene to give the suspects legal coaching. This lawyer informed the immigrants that McManus “does not work with immigration.”

There were several important acts our investigation could not find. We could not find any legal action San Antonio has taken against the driver of the tractor, despite his having confessed to human smuggling while in custody.

I believe in the rule of law. When political preferences can override the law, then we all lose the protection that laws like Senate Bill 4 afford us.

I will continue to fulfill my oath to the Constitution and the law as we continue to litigate this suit.

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