The Republican nominee for president has a problem with the way the Texas immigration system works, and he’s talking about it.
A new national petition asking for an ICE officer to be appointed to serve as an immigration judge has surpassed 1.2 million signatures.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is running for the GOP nomination, issued a statement Friday calling on the federal government to provide more police to the state’s immigration courts.
“It’s important for us to be able to make sure that everyone in Texas has the tools they need to defend themselves and their families,” Paxton said in a statement.
It’s time for federal leadership to step in and do something to help our courts operate efficiently and protect our communities.
As we work to reform the immigration system, the Attorney General has a responsibility to act quickly to provide the necessary resources to keep our courts up and running.
The Texas attorney general’s office released a press release Friday afternoon asking for the federal Bureau of Prisons to provide an additional 300 to 500 officers to the courts.
It said the increased officers will be “necessary to provide swift and accurate outcomes for those who are facing removal proceedings in the criminal justice system.”
The Texas Judicial Conference has not responded to The Hill’s request for comment.
Paxton is seeking to win the GOP presidential nomination on the first ballot in 2020.
He has long criticized the Texas judicial system, calling it a “broken” system that often ignores or disregards federal law and that has a “fractured” process for handling asylum requests.
In June, he announced plans to appoint an immigration officer to serve on the Texas Supreme Court.
Paxton said at the time he would make the appointment to ensure that Texas’ courts are staffed to serve a “fair, balanced and impartial justice system” that protects the rights of immigrants.
Lawmakers have long called for ICE officers to serve in immigration courts, but Paxton’s administration has not yet announced whether ICE will provide the officers.