The Texas Attorney General has intervened in a federal lawsuit that was filed on behalf of a student who was expelled from school after she chose not to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, CBS affiliate KHOU reports. Attorney General Ken Paxton intervened, through a court filing, "to defend parental rights protected under a Texas law that standardizes the practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, but allows parents to have their children opt out," said a news release from the Attorney General's office. Texas state law prohibits students from sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance unless they have written consent from a parent or guardian, KHOU reports. India Landry filed a lawsuit after she was kicked out of school last year when she was a senior at Windfern High School, in Harris County. She and her mother claimed the principal made an arbitrary decision to punish her given that Landry sat down for the Pledge of Allegiance in hundreds of … [Read more...] about Texas attorney general backs school that expelled student over Pledge of Allegiance
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Erin Kelly USA TODAY Published 10:42 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 WASHINGTON — As President Trump renews his public attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, it raises the question: why does't Trump just fire him? At least part of the answer can be found in the U.S. Senate, where key Republican senators have warned the White House that the president could be waiting indefinitely for a new attorney general if he tosses out their former colleague. Sessions served 20 years as a senator from Alabama and was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee — the same panel that would lead the confirmation process for any new attorney general. The committee's chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said recently that, given the busy schedules of the panel and the Senate, "it would be difficult to confirm an AG nominee this year." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also has expressed support for Sessions. It's enough to make Trump and his advisers stop and think … [Read more...] about Why Trump doesn’t just fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Yes, the Senate has something to do with it.
opinion Ken Paxton Published 9:00 p.m. UTC May 24, 2018 America is once again reeling from yet another deadly mass shooting. The victims at Santa Fe High School were taken from us too soon, and the prayers of Texas and the nation are with their families. There is something especially haunting about a killer targeting a school, where parents send their children on the assumption that they will be safe as they learn. Experience is a hard teacher, and with 2018’s second major school shooting behind us, its lesson is clear: We must secure our schools. All over the country, schools lack security measures of any consequence — not enough armed personnel, few safety protocols and insufficient entryway monitoring. No federal government agency, airport or congressional office building would tolerate such vulnerability, so why the resistance to outfitting schools with the same level of security? American policymakers should look to Israel for guidance. Living … [Read more...] about To stop school shootings, use Israel’s approach to fighting terror: Texas attorney general
A Trump administration plan to ask people if they are U.S. citizens during the 2020 census has prompted a legal uproar from Democratic state attorneys general, who argue it could drive down participation and lead to an inaccurate count. Yet not a single Republican attorney general has sued – not even from states with large immigrant populations that stand to lose if a census undercount of immigrants affects the allotment of U.S. House seats and federal funding for states. In fact, many GOP attorneys general had urged Trump’s census team to add a citizenship question. “We always are better off having a more accurate count of citizens versus noncitizens. I see no downside in this,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, vice chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association. The diverging views of top Republican and Democratic state attorneys highlight how even the most basic data collection decisions quickly can split along partisan lines amid the intense … [Read more...] about GOP attorneys general support citizenship question on census
SANTA TERESA, New Mexico -- California says it's joining three other states in sending National Guard troops to the Mexican border. Up to 4,000 troops will assist in the crackdown on illegal crossings and drug smuggling. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited the region Wednesday and delivered a pep talk to law enforcement. Sessions also told Border Patrol agents and local sheriffs from the Southwest that he was going to deliver on his promise of a more secure border. "With President Trump, we have a new era of support for law enforcement like we haven't seen in many years," Sessions said. "You might even say we have a new sheriff in town." But a newly surfaced video shows a different side of the story. Agents in California appeared to be trying to dump an injured and mentally ill man back into Mexico, a violation of border policy. The agents were disciplined, but not fired. The man had been arrested 16 times for entering the country illegally. "The … [Read more...] about Attorney General Jeff Sessions promises “new sheriff in town” on trip to Mexico border