San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro has called on the Justice Department to intervene after civil rights groups accused at least 30 people of being killed in car chases related to the vast Governor Greg Abbott’s immigration crackdown.
In a letter to federal officials sent On Thursday, the ACLU of Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project identified at least 30 road deaths related to Abbott’s Operation Lone Star since its launch last March.
The groups said evidence suggests Department of Public Safety soldiers involved in the mission engaged in racial profiling of Latinx drivers and passengers during stops that “evolve into deadly vehicle chases with frequency alarming”.
“Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star is harassing Hispanic communities and creating an intolerable police state in border towns,” said Castro, a Democrat, who has previously called on the Biden administration to investigate civil rights abuses as part of the Republican Governor’s controversial immigration crackdown.
“The incidents described in today’s complaint are horrifying, but not surprising to those who have followed the trail of abuse related to Operation Lone Star,” Castro continued. “I have long called on the Department of Justice to intervene in Operation Lone Star, and I hope this complaint will spur the Department to take legal action to protect civil rights in Texas.”
Abbott made border security a centerpiece of his re-election campaign and used the $3 billion Operation Lone Star to send 10,000 Texas State Guard and DPS personnel to South Texas. to arrest migrants accused of violating state laws.
Accusations of widespread civil rights abuses have plagued the crackdown, and critics have accused Abbott and other state officials of making misrepresentations about his success in battling drug traffickers and human beings. humans.
Earlier this month, a joint report by the Texas Tribune and ProPublica revealed that the Justice Department was already investigating allegations of civil rights abuses in Operation Lone Star.
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