An Open Letter to Attorney General Ken Paxton
Dear Mr. Paxton:
First of all, I want you to know that my wife and I contributed to your campaign and voted for you. We did the same for President Trump, and we are proud of what he has done. We are not as happy with what you are doing.
General Paxton, your threat of a lawsuit to overturn DACA is a big mistake. Instead of opposing DACA, Texas should follow President Trump’s lead on the 800,000 so-called “dreamers.” Evidently you have been convinced that opposing DACA is good for you politically. We did not elect you to practice politics. We elected you to use good judgement, and to make sound decisions that benefit Texans.
Overturning DACA would be bad public policy. As you know, at least 200,000 of these DACA kids are right here in Texas working and contributing as part of our workforce. Thanks to the DACA policy, most of them now have work permits and are legally employed. Employers are relying on them. Most importantly, they are paying taxes and are positively identified!
As you know, these young folks were brought here as innocent children. They have no criminal records. A victory from your lawsuit will convert them to an illegal status. Do you actually want to arrest them, remove them from the only home they know and deport them to a country where they have no family and, in most cases, do not even speak the language?
Deporting them will hurt us. They will no longer pump money into our communities. They will no longer pay taxes, or buy food and clothing and automobiles. What about their car loans, mortgages, or rent? A lot of them have student loans. Do you actually expect them to continue paying those loans?
A blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then and The Dallas Morning News got it right. “Texas is cutting off its nose to spite its face by threatening to waste taxpayer dollars suing the federal government if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is not rescinded."
President Trump wants them to stay, and the majority of Texans support the President’s agenda. President Trump has expressed compassion for the dreamers. He said “they can sleep at night.” The President and his Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are urging Congress to address this issue legislatively. President Trump wisely commented, “You have some absolutely incredible kids. I would say they were brought here in such a way, it’s a very very tough subject. We are going to deal with DACA with heart.”
General Paxton, it is my prayer you will withdraw your threat of this lawsuit. May the good Lord give you the courage to do what is right. These are God’s children.
May God continue to bless America.
Norman E. Adams
Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy
PS: General, since 1964, I have earned my living insuring business owners. I am the second generation of a three generation 70-year-old agency. We are heavy in the construction industry, but we also insure restaurants, bankers, hospitals, doctors, retailers, engineers, lawyers, CPA’s, and even elected officials! If you are willing to meet with me, I will accommodate your schedule. Even better, I can gather your biggest donors so they can tell you why they agree with me. I'll bet Ned Holmes would be happy to host the gathering, and I will buy the wine!