Private citizens want something done about illegal immigration and crime – and so does the attorney general of Texas.
Facing a March 5th deadline, members of Congress are going back and forth on what to do about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan. It started under President Obama and has seen its share of legal battles, including one challenge from Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-Texas). During a radio interview Monday on the "Todd Starnes Show," Paxton called Obama's DACA plan unconstitutional.
"My job is to enforce the law – so we not only challenged President Obama on the original DACA plan, but we also suggested to the president now that they rescind this DACA deal," Paxton continued. "That is up for not just consideration, but the deadline is in March and that's why you see the pressure on Congress, because ultimately it is going to be the responsibility of Congress if the law is going to be changed to do that."
When it comes to the current debate in Washington, Paxton acknowledged that he's not involved in the actual policy part of the discussion.
"But the two things I care about are that the Constitution is followed and that my people are safe," he said. "Whatever happens, I want border security, I want something done with a wall [or] fence, more border agents and technology so that people in Texas are safer."
Paxton went on to say that, "right now, we have a huge issue with illegal immigration and crime."
A recent poll from Quinnipiac University finds that 72 percent of Americans do not think "undocumented immigrants" commit more crimes than American citizens. The mindset or argument isn't new. Liberals have been saying as much, and Paxton was asked to comment.
"The reality is we have statistics we keep in Texas, and we have since 2011," Paxton told program host Todd Starnes. "We've had over 600,000 crimes committed by illegals. We've had over 1,200 homicides. We've had over 6,000 sexual assaults and numerous other, horrible crimes committed by illegals. So we know that we're dealing with a crime problem – and the only way to resolve that is to have some type of border security that actually works."
President Trump has told Congress that a DACA "deal" with no funding for a border wall is a "total waste of time" – and essentially that it's now or never when it comes to extending protections for young immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.