On Thursday, the Houston Chronicle published an op-ed titled “I’m a Texan. Ken Paxton wants to deport me,” written by illegal immigrant and “DREAMer” activist Damaris Gonzalez.

In response, I tweeted the following:

This action prompted one of the Chronicle’s editors to ask me to submit a letter to the editor defending the crazy idea that US citizenship is necessary to be a Texan.

You can read below as it was submitted—the Chronicle decided to publish an edited version in their Sunday letters:

Regarding “I’m a Texan. Ken Paxton wants to deport me. [Opinion],” I was shocked and appalled, but not surprised, that the Houston Chronicle would choose to run such a salacious article from a foreign alien intent on undermining our nation and the rule of law.


Despite her claims, Mrs. Gonzalez is certainly not a Texan.


She’s an illegal immigrant who was illegally granted a temporary relief from deportation proceedings by the Obama administration in 2012 through the unconstitutional DACA program. But simply because she has resided illegally in the Lone Star State doesn’t mean she has a right to continue to do so.


Ken Paxton has challenged DACA in court, upsetting liberal activists, including Gonzalez who ambushed Paxton in a restaurant last year and berated him for asking the federal government to follow existing immigration law.


He was cordial, but firm in his position, but because he hasn’t kowtowed to her and other liberal activists, Gonzalez now states, “Paxton has made it his personal mission to make my life hell.”


Such a statement is absurd and it’s beneath the dignity of even the Hillary Clinton-endorsing Houston Chronicle to print. I sincerely hope the editors don’t believe that, though it would explain why their paper is hemorrhaging readers. I suggest that the newspaper’s editors and writers spend some more time among regular, everyday Texans.


They’ll find they’re normal, hardworking people who are offended that those with no legal right to be here are allowed to chant “#HereToStay” in public forums with no fear of deportation. They’ll find they believe the rule of law matters, and that America should have a border just like every other nation on earth.


I don’t know for certain if Ken Paxton wants Mrs. Gonzalez deported, but I certainly do. And millions of Texans and Americans do too.


Cary Cheshire is an American citizen and Sixth-Generation Texan. A native of Southeast Texas he is the Vice President of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, a grassroots organization devoted to educating and empowering taxpayers to hold those in all levels of government accountable.

Cary Cheshire

Cary Cheshire is the executive director of Texans for Strong Borders, a no-compromise non-profit dedicated to restoring security and sovereignty to the citizens of the Lone Star State. For more information visit StrongBorders.org.