Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Operation Lone Star Explained -- by the Immigrant Legal Resources Center


Immigration law professor Karla McKanders forwarded this Instagram post by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center on Operation Lone Star, which is described by the ILRC as follows:

"`Operation Lone Star' is an unlawful, xenophobic, and racist program under which Texas law enforcement officers target migrants for arrest, jailing, and criminal prosecution for the state criminal offense of “trespassing.”

In this first episode of our new series, `Texas Explained,' ILRC Texas-based Staff Attorney, Priscilla Olivarez gives us the rundown on how Texas state agencies channel arrested migrants into a shadow criminal legal system that violates fundamental constitutional rights."

Operation Lone Star is an operation announced earlier this year by the Texas governor.   As stated in the official press announcement, "Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) . . .  launched Operation Lone Star to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas. The Operation integrates DPS with the Texas National Guard and deploys air, ground, marine, and tactical border security assets to high threat areas to deny Mexican Cartels and other smugglers the ability to move drugs and people into Texas.

`The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,' said Governor Abbott. `Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans. We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis.'”


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