Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday said the Biden administration needs only to "follow federal law" to handle the migrant crisis at the U.S. southern border.
In an interview on Newsmax's "National Report," Paxton blasted the administration's latest directive to migrants to just "stay where they are."
"It just seems like another made-up policy that increases the likelihood we're going to have a lot more people coming here illegally," Paxton said, lamenting the administration is "continuing to send a message that, Hey, we want you here. We don't care what our laws are. Just come, and if you are in the certain categories of people that we want here, we're not going to follow any of our laws."
According to Paxton, the numbers of migrant crossing are larger than ever before, yet "we know what works, the Biden administration knows what works. And yet they have have made every effort to step away from all of these policies that work."
"Why not follow federal law?" Paxton said. "That's what you're supposed to do under the Constitution. That's what you're supposed to under federal law. And guess what? It actually works as opposed to these made up policies that they're putting in place that currently continue to incentivize the cartels to make billions of dollars in committing crimes and bringing more people here."
Paxton said he fears President Joe Biden's recent visit to El Paso, Texas, was "for show."
"You never know until you see what actions follow," Paxton said. "But my fear is that it was for show. … This is obviously his first trip … and it's taken them almost two years to get there.
"What El Paso actually looks like and what we have to deal with every day — what real people have to deal with, not the elected leader of the country, it's very different."
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