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Texas AG Paxton sues NGO aiding migrants

First appearance on Fox: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing a Catholic non-governmental organization operating in the state and seeking to have its registration revoked, accusing it of encouraging illegal immigration and operating illegal immigrant hiding places.

Paxton is suing Annunciation House, a Catholic nonprofit founded in the 1980s, and is seeking to have its registration in Texas revoked.

Annunciation House describes itself as a volunteer organization “providing hospitality to immigrants, migrants, and refugees in El Paso, Texas.”

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Migrant children wait to receive food at a shelter in El Paso, Texas, on April 24, 2019. (Paul Lache)

The group’s website states, “With roots in Catholic social education, Annunciation House volunteers live simply and in community in the same homes as guests, primarily from Mexico and Central America.” “it is written like this. “We also participate in advocacy and education on immigration issues. We aim to be a voice for justice and compassion, especially on behalf of the most marginalized people in our society.” I am.”

But Paxton’s lawsuit The group accuses it of “systematically blatantly and flagrantly violating numerous legal provisions.” Specifically, it accuses the country of providing shelter to illegal immigrants fleeing law enforcement, encouraging illegal immigration, engaging in human smuggling, and operating “cash houses.”

“Annunciation House appears to be engaged in the operation of an illegal stash house by potentially allowing others to use its properties to conduct human smuggling,” the complaint states.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing a Catholic non-governmental organization operating in the state, seeking to have its registration revoked. (Drew Angerer)

Paxton’s office had requested records from the organization to assess possible violations of federal law. But the organization has now sued the AG’s office, seeking a restraining order, accusing it of making impossible demands due to limited volunteer staff and violating its “constitutional right to association.”

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The lawsuit seeks to strip the company of its right to do business in Texas and asks the court to appoint a receiver to liquidate its assets.

“The chaos at our southern border is creating an environment in which NGOs funded with taxpayer dollars from the Biden administration are promoting alarming horrors, including human smuggling,” Paxton said in a statement. “While the federal government perpetuates the illegal practices that are destroying this country, my office works every day to hold accountable these organizations that are exacerbating illegal immigration.”

In a statement, the House of the Annunciation said its “accompaniment work stems from the Gospel mission of welcoming the stranger.”

“This is no different from the work of schools enrolling immigrant children, clinics and hospitals caring for them when they are sick, and churches, synagogues, and mosques welcoming families to worship,” a Fox spokesperson said. told the news. Digital. “It is absolutely disgraceful that the Attorney General, who has served the poor for 46 years, would suddenly attack the Annunciation House.”

Hundreds of migrants, mainly from Venezuela, cross the Rio Grande. (David Peinado/Anadolu)

The legal battle pits the state of Texas, which promotes border security and seeks to stop illegal immigrants from entering the United States, and the state of Texas, which embraces the role of NGOs in processing and assisting illegal immigrants, seeking millions of dollars in funding. It came amid a wide-ranging dispute between the United States and the federal government. from Congress to the groups and communities that receive it.

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In fiscal year 2023, there were more than 2.4 million migrant encounters, and December set a record with more than 301,000 migrant encounters in that month alone. The House of Representatives last week impeached Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the crisis. The articles of impeachment will now be heard in the Senate.

Fox News’ Aubrie Spady contributed to this report.

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