Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has gone to war — legally speaking — with the Biden administration over a range of issues, is thanking former President Donald Trump for a huge assist.
One of the primary battles Paxton has been waging with the administration involves lax immigration and border enforcement policies enacted by President Joe Biden, and that’s an issue that Trump is helping to keep on the minds of Americans who will be voting during the midterm elections in less than six months.
His comments came ahead of Trump’s speech in Austin, Texas, Saturday evening as part of a daylong American Freedom Tour, Newsmax reported.
“I think it’s great that he’s coming here, given the current president doesn’t come here,” Paxton, who has Trump’s endorsement in the upcoming Texas primary elections, told “Saturday Report.” “He doesn’t have an interest in the border.”
Paxton said Trump’s endorsement has been “tremendously helpful.”
“We were leading in the polls before the endorsement, but certainly having the endorsement of President Trump, every Republican covets it,” he said. “It makes it significant difference in the race and it gives your voters confidence that the person running is a supporter of the president that did a lot of really good things for America.”
The Texas AG, who has won several cases against the Biden administration, also spoke about the impending end to Title 42, a rule that allowed for rapid deportation of illegal migrants during the pandemic.
“Title 42 is a significant pillar in keeping people out,” Paxton said. “It’s the only thing left that the Biden administration hasn’t taken away.”
But with that also being lifted, “the numbers are just going to go [higher] at the end,” Paxton said. “The cartels know this. They’re in business to make money and the Biden administration is signaling from the beginning to them to get people to the Border Patrol … just turn yourself in and we’ll take care of the rest. It’s a handoff at the border.”
There is currently an injunction to keep the regulation from being lifted, and Texas is fighting its own lawsuit in court, Paxton added.
“We believe that we’re going to stop it,” Paxton said. “I do think that the courts will uphold the law. We have tools in the toolbox. We have federal laws the president is supposed to follow, including Title 42, that, if they’re upheld, they actually do make a difference.”