Governor's Operation: Thousands Arrested in Crackdown on Illegal Immigration

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  • Source: Fox News
  • 12/28/2023
Since Governor Greg Abbott authorized an operation aimed at addressing the issue of illegal immigration, law enforcement has made thousands of arrests over the past two years. This operation specifically targets individuals who enter the country by trespassing on private properties along the southern border.

As reported by Fox News, a significant number of unauthorized migrants, approximately 10,000 individuals, have been captured through the implementation of the "arrest and jail" initiative. This particular approach allowed individuals who owned land adjacent to the border to engage in agreements with state authorities. These agreements granted the authorities the ability to apprehend and detain any individuals discovered crossing into the United States through these properties. Subsequently, those apprehended were charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

Upon the enactment of the law in July 2021, Governor Abbott expressed his belief that as individuals become more informed about its provisions, they will likely decrease their attempts to cross the Texas border.

In that particular year, the recorded number of crossings between Mexico and Texas amounted to 1.2 million. The number, which Abbott had predicted would decrease, has instead experienced an increase under the policies implemented by the Biden administration. During the Fiscal Year 2023, a significant number of individuals, totaling over 1.5 million, were observed crossing the border.

The program responsible for handling trespassing arrests in Texas is overseen by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Despite some criticism, the department has chosen to support the program. Ericka Miller, a spokesperson for the department, has highlighted that a significant number of individuals apprehended through the program have been identified as gang members, sex offenders, and human traffickers.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Miller expressed that if they had not been present, it is highly probable that all of it would have entered the country without any hindrance. The state of Texas is currently engaged in efforts to convey a clear message to individuals who may be contemplating the act of unlawfully crossing into the country.

The new set of laws, signed by Abbott on December 20, aims to address the issue of repeated attempts to enter Texas illegally. One of the key provisions of these laws is the creation of the offense of illegal reentry, which makes it a punishable crime at the state level to enter Texas illegally from a foreign nation.

Individuals who engage in illegal activities may face severe consequences in the form of imprisonment for a maximum duration of 20 years.

In addition to the aforementioned provisions, it is important to note that authorities will have the ability to mandate that an offender returns to the foreign nation from which they entered or attempted to enter the state. Furthermore, there is a provision in place that offers civil immunity and indemnification to local and state government officials, employees, and contractors. This provision serves to protect them from potential lawsuits that may arise as a result of enforcing these specific provisions.


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