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26 Democrats Ask Federal Agencies to Investigate if Texas Migrant Arrests Violate Constitution

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Democratic members of Congress are asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. attorney general to investigate whether arrests of migrants violate constitutional rights. Over two dozen Democratic members have joined together to investigate “legal problems that have arisen out of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security initiative to arrest and jail migrants on state criminal charges” reports Austin’s local CBS station.

Specifically, the 26 Democrats sent a letter asking the federal bureaus to investigate Abbott’s “catch and jail” immigration policy. The representatives claim the policy violates the U.S. Constitution because of violations of state law and logistical problems that have resulted from the thousands of arrests.

Among the signees was U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and 19 other U.S. Congressional Democrats, as well as local Texas Democratic leaders.

Austin’s CBS reports:

Since July, Abbott has directed Texas state police to arrest migrants suspected of having crossed the border illegally on state criminal charges in response to a rise in border crossings. Almost all of the arrests have been for allegedly trespassing on private property in Val Verde and Kinney counties. After the arrests began, local judicial systems quickly became overwhelmed and fell behind state deadlines while hundreds of migrants remained imprisoned, sometimes for weeks without even being appointed an attorney.

In the letter, the Democratic members wrote “these operations have continued to militarize Texas’ border communities and interfered with the federal immigration system, likely violating the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.”

“Even more egregiously, these programs have directly led to a violation of state laws and constitutional due process rights” the letter continued.

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  1. EnQisAdvocate

    November 4, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Illegal immigrants don’t have constitutional rights.

    • Liane Pineda

      November 8, 2021 at 1:54 pm

      I agree with you 100%. They are Not United States Citizens, they are crossing illegally. They should be arrested and deported. It is Not z Governor Abbott’s fault they have crossed illegally and are sitting in jail for longer than average time. It’s biden and his admin. I don’t hear them expressing concern for the delay in hearings that has happened for citizens of the United States that have committed crimes and awaiting their hearings, trials etc

    • Trish

      November 9, 2021 at 11:59 am

      If you’re not a citizen you don’t have the rights of citizenship.

  2. Michael Higgins

    November 8, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    If their illegals our rights don’t apply to them

  3. Bob

    November 8, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    They are illegal immigrants and have no rights to the USA

  4. Ira "Jake" Jakob USAF(Ret)

    November 8, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    The only right the illegals have is to get a boot in their asses out of our country, but Uncle brain-dead Joe thinks otherwise.
    Every drop of America blood shed because of an illegal asswipe is blood on sleepy brain-dead Joe’s hands.

  5. Teresa Galipeau

    November 8, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Send the dumb demonrats a copy from the dictionary a copy of the word ILLEGAL if any of these idiots even know how to read they are so evil trying to destroy our country. Americans are having a hard time taking care of our family why should we have to support illegals. I can’t wait until Election Day so we can vote out all these crazy evil corrupt people out of our giovedment

  6. Teresa Galipeau

    November 8, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    I did not say anything that wasn’t true I don’t want the rest of our country to look like San Francisco that was a beautiful state until the democrats let illegals in our country

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Overdose death in IN apartment building leads officers to 13 migrants, mostly children, in basement squalor

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13 illegal aliens — most of them children — were reportedly living in an apartment building basement in Indiana, only found because of an overdose death. Officers of the Hammond Police Department were called to investigate the death of a resident in the multi-unit building. But during the investigation, officers discovered a large number of migrants were illegally living in the building’s basement, WGN-TV reported.

When officers arrived, they found 13 illegals from Venezuela — including nine children ranging in age from two months to 14 years, and two women and two men — living in the basement space.

Neighbors told the media that they had no idea that so many people were living illegally in the building as they never saw any of them outside the home.

Further investigation revealed that a local member of the clergy had arranged the illegal living quarters for the migrants. The clergy member was not identified publicly and he has not been charged with anything at present.

“The City of Hammond is not open to this type of illegal criminal activity and [they have] placed people in significant harm, including children,” said Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. who insisted he would hold the clergy member accountable.

It has not yet been reported what the migrants will do, where they will go, and if the city will be on the hook to care for them.

Breitbart News reports that Hammond, Indiana, is just one of many cities in which large numbers of illegals have been found crammed into small spaces in squalid living conditions.

In March, New York City building inspectors discovered an illegal flop house for migrants in which some 70 of them were living in the cramped basement of a Queens furniture store. Through an investigation it was found that the building’s owner, a man named Ebou Sarr, himself an immigrant, was charging the illegals $300 a month to live there.

 

 

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