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Examining nearly two decades of taxpayer-funded border operations

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his successor, Gov. Greg Abbott, have persuaded the Texas Legislature to spend billions of dollars on border security measures - but the way the governors have tracked success has fluctuated over the years.... Read more»0

Texas gov brags about his border initiative, but lacks evidence

Operation Lone Star as helped increase Texas' budget for border security to more than $3 billion through 2023 - but the state’s claims the program has disrupted drug and human smuggling have included crimes with no connection to the border and work conducted prior to the operation.... Read more»0

Texas abortion law challenge heads to state's supreme court, likely adding more delays to case

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday sent the legal challenge to Texas’ restrictive abortion law to the state’s Supreme Court, a move that is expected to significantly delay the case and that abortion opponents had hoped would occur.... Read more»0

Biden administration speeds up deportation flights for Haitians in growing Texas migrant camp

The situation in Del Rio spiraled last week as more than 15,000 migrants, many of them from Haiti, arrived at the border in recent days, settling in a makeshift camp as they waited for CBP agents to process their petitions to stay in the U.S. ... Read more»0

Border policy is getting more & more convoluted, giving migrants false hopes

The Biden administration and the Mexican government have made the situation at the border so confusing that even seasoned experts can’t always determine who is allowed in and who isn’t. That may be contributing to the high number of border crossings. ... Read more»0

For some transgender asylum seekers, fleeing a dangerous migrant camp meant being left behind

The Biden administration shuttered a migrant tent camp in Mexico that was created under a Trump policy. But in closing the camp, the Biden administration strayed from its own guidelines to prioritize vulnerable migrants who have pending court cases, essentially allowing some in the camp to skip the line. Many migrants whose asylum cases had already been denied or who otherwise didn’t qualify for entrance were allowed into the U.S. to be processed, stoking confusion about who gets in and who doesn’t.... Read more»0

ICE deported key witness in sexual assault investigation at El Paso detention center

Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department inspectors general are investigating allegations that ICE guards assaulted detainees in camera blind spots. ... Read more»0

ICE guards 'systematically' sexually assault detainees in an El Paso detention center, lawyers say

Allegations include guards attacking victims in camera “blind spots” and telling them that “no one would believe” them in ICE detention centers, which imprison about 50,000 immigrants each year at a taxpayer expense of $2.7 billion.... Read more»0

Trump administration rushing deportations of migrant kids during coronavirus

Their father was missing. Their mother was miles away. Two sisters, ages 8 and 11, were survivors of sexual assault and at risk of deportation. With the nation focused on COVID-19, the U.S. government is rushing the deportations of migrant children.... Read more»0