McALLEN, Texas (NEWSnet/AP) — A judge criticized efforts by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to shutter one of the oldest and largest migrant shelters on the U.S.-Mexico border in a scathing ruling Tuesday.

Judge Francisco X. Dominguez accused Paxton of “outrageous” conduct over his claims that the shelter encourages migrants to enter the country illegally.

He ruled that Paxton’s attempts to enforce a subpoena for records of migrants who have been served at Annunciation House in the last few years violated the El Paso shelter’s constitutional rights. His ruling prevents Paxton from seeking the records and protects the shelter from what Dominguez called “harassment and overreaching” by Paxton’s office.

Paxton’s office did not respond to requests for comment, but the state is expected to appeal.

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