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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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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.

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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”

“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.

“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.

Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”

Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”

“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”

In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”

Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”

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