Paxton agrees to investigate NGOs working on the border in response to the governor’s request.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, speaking at the border in Mission in 2021, has asked for an investigation into nongovernment organizations working with immigrants.

Claiming that some nongovernmental organizations might be assisting migrants to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to launch an investigation. Immigration advocates, however, suggest Abbott’s claims are made up.

Specifically, Abbott is asking Paxton to investigate whether NGOs are “planning and facilitating the illegal transportation of illegal immigrants across our borders.”

“There have been recent reports that non-governmental organizations may have assisted in illegal border crossing near El Paso,” Abbott wrote in a letter to Paxton. “We further understand NGOs may be engaged in unlawfully orchestrating other border crossings through activities on both sides of the border, including in sectors other than El Paso.”

In response to a Statesman request seeking information on Abbott’s claims, the governor’s office pointed to a Fox News report referenced in the news release announcing the probe that stated more than 2,600 migrants crossed into the country illegally near El Paso over a 24-hour period just over a week ago.


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