(TargetLiberty.org) – Federal officials have launched an investigation into the allegations that some Texas state troopers had mistreated migrants who had tried to cross into the U.S.
Xochitl Hinojosa, a Department of Justice spokeswoman, stated that the department was investigating the recent reports in which it was alleged that migrants crossing into the country had been refused water and that in some cases troopers were instructed to push migrants back into the Rio Grande in an attempt to force them to return to Mexico.
These reports were all included in an email by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and were then made public through reports on multiple outlets. In the email correspondence, a state trooper-medic had made his concerns known about the incidents he had witnessed while serving in the Eagle Pass part of the state’s border. The trooper had worked there from late June into early July.
Hinojosa stated that the Department was aware of the reports and that they had been cooperating with multiple agencies, including the DHS to review the situation at the border. The Texas DPS also revealed in a statement that they had not issued a policy or directive that would mandate that Troopers do not provide water to immigrants, or that would encourage them to push them back into the river.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) along with other Texas officials released a joint statement that stated that Operation Lonestar does not include any directives or orders that would compromise the lives of illegal immigrants, pointing out that the operation is focused on blocking the smuggling of drugs and people into the country.
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