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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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Migrants sick of waiting, surge border after judge temporarily blocks Biden from revoking Title 42

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Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens tweeted recently, on May 17, that agents under his command apprehended 2,849 migrants last weekend. However, as migrants no longer want to wait for Title 42 to end, they have surged the border.

In a Breitbart exclusive, the media outlet reported the “number will be eclipsed as it appears the total could approach 4,000 this weekend.” Unfortunately, “the migrants did not appear to know or understand that the Title 42 will not end on Monday due to a federal court order. They expressed they were simply tired of waiting” the report adds.

Between April 1st and May 15 of this year, approximately 513,000 migrants illegally crossed the southern border.

On Friday, Louisiana Judge Robert Summerhays issued a preliminary injunction, and ordered to temporarily block the Biden Administration from revoking Title 42.

Breitbart notes “whether Title 42 ends or not, migrants say they are tired of waiting and surged across the Rio Grande into the Eagle Pass, Texas, area of operations. As many as 3,600 crossed so far this weekend — eclipsing last weekend’s total of just over 2,800 migrant apprehensions in the Del Rio Sector — according to a source operating within U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”

In just a couple of hours on Sunday evening, agents apprehended more than 700 migrants. Agents identified majority of the migrants as Honduran nationals, and some as Colombian.

One source told Breitbart resources were not available to transport migrants from the border to the processing station. It also appears the NGOs who regularly shelter the migrants are overloaded as migrants are reportedly being dropped off at an Eagle Pass Stripes convenience store.

“The crossings are not without danger. On Saturday, seven migrants were swept off their feet in the middle of the night forcing Border Patrol agents to jump into action to save their lives” Breitbart Texas reported. Those seven were lucky, whereas the bodies of three migrants were recovered at the Del Rio Sector.

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