Texas AFL-CIO: Paxton Is Wrong; DACA Lifts Texas

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued the following statement condemning an amicus brief filed on behalf of Texas and other states by Attorney General Ken Paxton against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

Now more than ever, we demand that our state's top leaders stop fanning the flames of hatred and instead focus on meeting the needs of all Texans.

Texas residents in the DACA program work hard, pay taxes and help build our state. We know. Texas AFL-CIO membership and staff include DACA recipients who fight alongside co-workers and communities to make Texas a better place.

Our state's leaders can read the writing on the wall: Texas is changing. Actions by Gov. Greg Abbott and indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton seek to sow division among Texans to keep the focus off their failed policies. Are we really reopening the issue of the right to public education for all Texans? Are we really targeting DACA recipients for deportation? When it comes to opportunity for all, Texans deserve better than a double-time march to the past.

Texas needs leaders who will advocate for comprehensive reform that solves immigration problems, not the low road of wall-building, rule-rigging and scapegoating.