a county judge Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s controversial ‘Operation Lone Star’ has suffered a setback after his National Guard on Thursday called fears of an illegal immigrant unconstitutional.
Operation Lone Star was created by Abbott amid a wave of illegal immigrants from Central America crossing the US-Mexico border. It deploys law enforcement in areas where human and drug traffickers are known for their use.
The ruling could see the initiative with lawyers saying it could open the way for other immigrants to challenge their detention.
The decision comes as President Joe Biden has been slammed for his handling of the crisis at the border, which saw a record 1.7 million illegal crossings in fiscal year 2021.
Last November, Customs and Border Protection agents reported 173,620 encounters at the US-Mexico border, up from 164,303 encounters reported in October. The November figure is still less than the 192,001 encounters in September and 209,840 encounters in August.
There were 72,113 crossings in November 2020 under the then President Donald Trump.
Last month’s figures have not been released yet.
Governor Greg Abbott (pictured) The controversial Operation Lone Star has come under question after an arrest that allegedly took place under the program was deemed unconstitutional on Thursday.
A judge ruled that a man arrested under the law for illegally crossing the border was in violation of federal immigration policy and therefore illegal.
On Thursday, Judge Jan Soifer ruled in favor of Jess Alberto Guzmán Curipoma, an Ecuadorian engineer who was arrested in September and charged with criminal trespass.
Curipoma’s lawyer, Angelica Cogliano, said Operation Lone Star was unconstitutional because it seeks to circumvent federal immigration law.
He said that Curipoma was imprisoned instead of being considered for asylum, which is within his jurisdiction.
Cogliano wrote in a filing, ‘The Texas government is curtailing the liberties of thousands under the guise of criminal trespassing in an attempt to usurp federal immigration law, and the federal government has a strong hand in enforcing policies.’
Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza, acting on behalf of the state, actually agreed with the argument that Operation Lone Star violates federal law.
District Attorney Garza’s response stated, ‘The prosecution for criminal trespass as part of Operation Lone Star violates the Supreme Court’s clause of the United States Constitution and represents an unacceptable attempt to infiltrate federal immigration policy. .
David A. Shulman filed on behalf of the state in Kinney County, where he argued that the case should be heard, as it was where Curipoma was arrested.
Angelica Cogliano, lawyer for Jess Alberto Guzmán Curipoma, an Ecuadorian engineer who was arrested in September and charged with criminal trespass, said her client was not offered asylum, which was within her legal rights. Is.
Abbott’s Operation Lone Star has attempted to stop the flow of asylum-seeking migrants crossing the US-Mexico border.
Schulman said there was no evidence that Kuripoma’s arrest had anything to do with Operation Lone Star.
Abbott unveiled Operation Lone Star in March 2021, saying it would kill thousands of Texas public security officials and Texas National Guard soldiers from the US- Mexico will deploy on the border.
In its first two months, Texas DPS made 598 criminal arrests as part of Operation Lone Star and more than 16,000 referrals of illegal immigrants to US Customs and Border Protection as part of Operation Lone Star. Valley Central news report.
At the end of 2021, Abbott said the operation resulted in the capture of 52,000 illegal immigrants and barricading 40 barricaded homes.
Abbott has also promised to end the term of former President Donald Trump. border wall, which was stalled under the leadership of President Joe Biden.
Abbott tweeted last month, “Texas has officially started building a wall on its border.
‘Biden allows open border policies and denies to enforce laws passed by Congress to secure the border and enforce immigration laws. Texas is stepping up to do the work of the federal government.’
Abbott said the Texas legislature had allocated $3 billion for the project.
“Three billions of Texas taxpayer money has been devoted to Texas border protection, and so we have a lot of money available to continue building the wall,” Abbott said. to texas [this] It’s going to cost less than the Trump administration for a reason. And that’s because in Texas, unlike the Trump administration, we don’t have to pay to acquire land… Texas owns the state. [land] Right on the border.
Abbott also said, “There are massive property owners on the border who are fed up with Biden’s open border policies, and they’re donating their land to Texas so that we’re able to use that land for free.” Can you Property.’
However, Abbott said Texas would try to submit the bill to the federal government.
“We are asking the federal government to pay for this, and members of the Texas congressional delegation have requested the federal government for funding to do all this,” Abbott said. ‘Texas will also take legal action against the federal government for the state of Texas to be reimbursed for all expenses incurred for performing the work of the federal government.’