Annunciation House Defends Refugees – Lawsuit Challenges AG’s Attempt to Shut Down Shelter

Annunciation House, a nonprofit organization aiding refugees, released a statement asserting its commitment to providing shelter and food to refugees, emphasizing the positive impact on the community.

The organization highlighted its efforts to keep refugees off the streets and collaborate with local businesses, the city, and immigration officials.

Concerns Raised by Attorney General:

The Texas attorney general’s office expressed concerns on February 7 regarding potential facilitation of illegal immigration by Annunciation House.

Subsequently, the office issued an order for the nonprofit to submit various documents for examination.

The attorney general’s office, led by Paxton, emphasized the urgency of compliance.

Response and Lawsuit Filing:

In response to the order, Annunciation House’s legal team sought a 30-day extension, but the attorney general’s office declined.

The nonprofit filed a lawsuit on February 8, contending that the demand violated its right to due process.

Annunciation House aims for the court to determine the legality of the requested documents.

Allegations Against Attorney General’s Office:

Annunciation House’s public statement accused the attorney general’s office of having a hidden agenda beyond obtaining records.

The organization claims that the attorney general aims to shut it down, alleging that providing shelter to refugees, especially as a Catholic organization, is considered a crime.

Legal Stand and Right to Due Process:

The nonprofit defends its decision to seek a court resolution, emphasizing the legality of questioning a person’s rights.

Annunciation House contends that the attorney general’s explicit goal is to halt its operations rather than obtaining records.

The organization asserts its right to due process in the legal proceedings.

Upcoming News Conference:

While a spokesperson for Annunciation House declined to comment on the lawsuit, the organization plans to hold a news conference on February 23 to provide further information and address inquiries.

Conclusion:

The unfolding legal battle raises questions about the balance between addressing concerns of illegal activities and respecting the rights of organizations dedicated to humanitarian efforts.

The court’s role in determining the legality of document requests will play a crucial part in resolving the conflict between Annunciation House and the attorney general’s office.

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