Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Texas sheriff under investigation for routinely seizing cash from undocumented immigrants


Jolie McCullough for the Texas Tribune broke a troubling immigration story that is making the rounds:

"A rural sheriff near the Texas border is under criminal investigation for allegedly having his deputies illegally seize money and a truck from undocumented immigrants during traffic stops.

Last month, investigators with the Texas Rangers and the Texas Attorney General’s Office raided four Real County Sheriff’s Office locations as part of an investigation into Sheriff Nathan Johnson, according to search warrants obtained this week by The Texas Tribune. The investigating Texas Ranger said Johnson admitted to regularly seizing money from undocumented immigrants during traffic stops, even if they were not accused of any state crime, before handing them over to United States Border Patrol agents.

One sheriff's deputy told investigators that `seizing currency from undocumented immigrants and the driver has been standard operating procedure for as long as he has been employed by the Real County Sheriff’s Office,' Texas Ranger Ricardo Guajardo wrote in the warrant requests."

Hat tip to my colleague Carter "Cappy" White.


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