Brownsville Congressman Filemon Vela and more than 2 dozen other Democratic congress members are questioning the legality of Governor Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star border security plan. They have asked the Department of Homeland Security to investigate whether it violates migrants’ constitutional rights.
Abbott launched the operation in March. It allows state troopers and Texas Guard soldiers to arrest immigrants crossing the border illegally on state charges of illegal entry and trespassing.
However, many of those arrested have been sitting in jails for months without having been formally charged or deported. Migrants with legitimate asylum claims are also believed to have been swept up in the enforcement operation.