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Operation Lone Star is an over $4 billion enforcement operation that targets migrants for arrest, jail, and deportation. Created by Gov. Greg Abbott, the illegal and discriminatory scheme is designed to criminalize and rapidly deport migrants, many of whom are seeking safety in the U.S. Lone Star violates the Constitution, promotes racial profiling, fuels the mass incarceration of people of color, and encourages white supremacy rhetoric that is harmful to ALL Texans.  

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  • Draining more than $4 billion of Texas taxpayer dollars (at a cost to taxpayers of more than $2.5 million a week)

  • At least 160,000 border apprehensions of those seeking safety in the U.S.

  • At least 6,000 migrants have been criminalized and prosecuted for bogus “trespassing”charges.

  • At least 10,000 Texas law enforcement officials deployed, including the Texas National Guard, state troopers and local sheriff’s 

  • 53 participating counties in a disaster declaration for border and non-border areas 

  • Two state prisons have been repurposed to incarcerate migrants the Dolph Briscoe Unit and Segovia Unit. 

  • Two new booking facilities to process migrants in Val Verde and Jim Hogg counties. 

Immigrants Detained by Operation Lone Star

Video courtesy of Grassroots Leadership

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STOP Governor Abbott’s policies in the State of Texas, fomenting fear and hatred against people of color.


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Statement by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center calling on DHS and the Biden Administration to cut the ties with Operation Lone Star

Fact Sheet by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Statement by Human Rights Watch denouncing Texas assault on migrants

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties complaint sent to the Department of Homeland Security

Legal complaint by ACLU and Texas Civil Rights Project sent to the Department of Justice

14 public defender offices from across the country urge the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate Operation Lonestar

Legal complaints submitted to the Department of Justice

100 organizations ask DOJ to investigate Operation Lonestar 

Fact sheet by Just Futures Law

Law professors complaint to DOJ

Letter from 50 Texas Representatives and MALC demanding investigation into Operation Lonestar 

Letter led by Rep. Veronica Escobar demanding an investigation into Operation Lonestar 

Letter led by Rep. Joaquin Castro demanding an investigation into Operation Lonestar

Attorney and directly impacted people testimonies by Grassroots Leadership 

Video by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Press conference by Texas Civil Rights Project 

Webinar by ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

66 non-profit organizations, advocates, and attorneys demand that Union Pacific end its collaboration with Operation Lonestar

Press release by Human Rights Watch denouncing Operation Lonestar

Ethics complaint against Judge Tully Shahan for his abuses pursuant to Operation Lonestar by Texas Fair Defense Project

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