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Attorney General Paxton Takes Legal Action Against Biden For Unconstitutional Spending & Immigration Policies

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden and his administration for allegedly breaking the Constitution in order to swiftly pass a trillion dollar spending package.[0] The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, signed by Biden, was passed with fewer than half of its members present, and with over 50% voting by proxy.[1] This is in violation of the Constitution, which requires a quorum of members of the House of Representatives to be present for the lower chamber of Congress to conduct any business.[0]

The suit claims that the $1.7 trillion spending bill was never lawfully enacted, and should never have been signed by the President. Paxton stated that the “U.S. Constitution does not allow voting by proxy to constitute a quorum” and that “Joe Biden, who’s been in Washington for half a century, should have known he couldn’t legally sign it either. But he never seems to let the law get in the way of him doing whatever he wants to do.”[0]

In addition to the lawsuit, Paxton is leading a coalition of 20 states and America First Legal (AFL) in a motion for a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security.[2] The states seek an injunction against the Biden Administration’s “parole” scheme, which would allow hundreds of thousands of immigrants to be “paroled” into the United States each year.

The “parole” scheme would allow migrants to obtain advance approval to enter the United States while still in their home countries, despite there not being a previous legal basis for them to do so.[2] The Republican states sued, arguing that the program is illegal given the restrictions on parole by Congress, which limits its usage to a “case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.”[3]

The unconstitutional actions of the Biden Administration and the lack of response to the motion for a preliminary injunction has prompted Paxton to take legal action in order to protect the sovereignty of the United States. Paxton stated that “Biden’s plan to mass import unauthorized aliens from their home countries directly to the United States without any legal basis for doing so is nothing more than a brazen attempt to accelerate stratospheric migration levels while, at the same time, concealing the sheer volume of cross border flows.[2]

0. “Texas AG Paxton sues to undo U.S. spending bill” Palestine Herald Press, 16 Feb. 2023, https://www.palestineherald.com/texas/texas-ag-paxton-sues-to-undo-u-s-spending-bill/article_0c29cd19-49fe-5abb-8f0f-d4ca284005ea.html

1. “Texas attorney general sues Biden admin, claims $1.7T budget was a ‘stunning violation of the Constitution'” Yahoo Life, 16 Feb. 2023, https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/texas-attorney-general-sues-biden-120327562.html

2. “Texas File For Emergency Injunction To Block Biden’s Most Extreme Open Borders Decree In Lawsuit Joined by …” America First Legal, 15 Feb. 2023, https://aflegal.org/america-first-legal-texas-file-for-emergency-injunction-to-block-bidens-most-extreme-open-borders-decree-in-lawsuit-joined-by-twenty-states/

3. “Texas, GOP states seek preliminary injunction against Biden’s migrant parole program” Fox News, 15 Feb. 2023, https://www.foxnews.com/politics/texas-gop-states-seek-preliminary-injunction-against-bidens-migrant-parole-program