EXCLUSIVE – The race for Texas Attorney General is heating up, with incumbent Ken Paxton launching a new ad campaign exposing his Democrat opponent Rochelle Garza for agreeing to represent human traffickers in court.

“Liberal extremist Rochelle Garza is a lawyer for human traffickers who smuggled illegal immigrants into our country,” the ad states.

Garza’s campaign refused to answer questions this week about her connection to human trafficking operations. Long affiliated with a left-wing open-border organization, Garza has also attacked law enforcement officials seeking to stem the tide of illegal aliens entering the country.

In March of 2018, a U.S. citizen – Christian Ivan Hernandez – was arrested by Border Patrol for transporting nine illegal aliens. According to two of the aliens transported by Hernandez, they had each been smuggled into the US where they later met Hernandez at a hotel. Hernandez then instructed the aliens to enter his vehicle and lay down.

A motion was made during the case to substitute his court-appointed counsel with Rochelle Garza, who left the case a week later. Hernandez was found guilty and sentenced to 218 days in prison. He later received six more months in prison after being caught smuggling illegals in 2019.

In another case, Garza agreed to represent Mexican citizen Alma Delia Marin-Fuentes who was arrested after having been previously deported. Though Marin-Fuentes was unable to afford Garza’s private counsel and had to be given a court-appointed attorney after two weeks, she was found guilty of conspiracy to transport and harbor undocumented aliens.

The ad also takes aim at social media posts by Garza, in which she said law enforcement and Border Patrol were “terrorizing” border communities in a “shameless and cowardly” show of force. That force? Using smoke bombs to disburse a large and potentially dangerous crowd trying to overwhelm a border checkpoint.

“Rochelle Garza may have firsthand experience dealing with human traffickers, but the catch is that she was working to enable these criminals by defending them in court,” said Paxton. “At a time when dangerous cartels traffic illegal immigrants across our border, electing an Attorney General with the experience and willingness to prosecute these vicious criminals is critical to Texans’ safety – which is why voters must reject Rochelle Garza and her radical, open-borders agenda.”

The television ad comes in the wake of a series of billboards debuted by the Paxton campaign this week portraying Garza as a lawyer for human smugglers.

Early voting in the election begins on October 24. Election day is November 8.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens

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