Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is blasting the Biden administration for “aiding and abetting” cartels, after reports revealed that the month of December saw a record-breaking number of illegal border crossings.

During an interview with Fox News, Paxton said that the Biden administration is encouraging the cartels to bring as many people as possible across the border. 

We’ve got the Biden administration, as I said, aiding and abetting the cartels, encouraging the cartels to make billions of dollars and to bring as many people here as fast as possible and as soon as possible.

Paxton added that border patrol used to stop the cartels from smuggling aliens across the border but now facilitates a “handoff.”

“They [border patrol] were there to stop people from coming across the border, and now the cartel doesn’t try to hide people. They don’t try to sneak people across. They take them directly to border patrol,” said Paxton. “It’s like a handoff. It’s a partnership. It’s not the way it was supposed to be, but that’s where the Biden administration has taken us.”

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection sources, December saw 302,000 illegal alien encounters at the Southwest border—the highest number of encounters in a single month. 

With the record-breaking number, there have now been an estimated 785,000 illegal alien encounters since October 1—which makes it the highest first quarter of a fiscal year ever recorded. The number exceeds the population of Seattle, which has a population of 749,256.

Texas has been attempting to curb the number of illegal aliens in the state by busing them to “sanctuary cities,” including Chicago and New York City. However, on Sunday, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson told CBS News that Gov. Greg Abbott was causing chaos with his busing operation.

Paxton responded to the Democrat mayor’s claim, saying it’s ironic that they blame Texas. 

All of these cities during the Trump administration created sanctuary cities and discouraged the Trump administration from blocking the border and keeping these illegals from coming across. Now that the Biden administration is allowing them, and they’re getting a few hundred or a few thousand versus the literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions, that the border states are getting, they’re complaining. And it’s a little ironic that they’re blaming Texas, when all we’re dealing with is a much more significant problem than they are.

Paxton also slammed the U.S. Department of Justice for threatening to sue if a new state law that creates a state crime for entering Texas illegally takes effect. 

“I mean, they won’t even let us put up fences, they damage our property, and then, of course, this threat of a lawsuit because we merely want to protect our own citizens from crime and the cost of illegal immigration when it’s really their job to do it,” said Paxton.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas has already filed a lawsuit challenging the measure, asking the court to rule that the new law is unconstitutional.

Unless the court rules to halt the enforcement of the measure, it will go into effect March 5, 2024.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.