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Texas Democrats ask feds to investigate Gov. Abbott's Operation Lone Star

3 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago Wednesday, January 26 2022 Jan 26, 2022 January 26, 2022 4:42 PM January 26, 2022 in News - Local

Texas Democrats, including two state representatives from the Valley, asked the federal government on Wednesday to investigate Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star.

Fifty Democrat state representatives, including Terry Canales of Edinburg and Armando Martinez of Weslaco, signed the letter addressed to Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. 

Read the letter here

The Democrats called Operation Lone Star unconstitutional, adding that Abbott is misusing taxpayer money to fund it.

Operation Lone Star is Abbott's border security initiative. National Guard troops have been deployed to Texas to help slow illegal immigration and drug smuggling, particularly fentanyl.

The governor is expected to deliver remarks about the initiative during a border security briefing in Weslaco on Thursday.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, DPS Director Steve McCraw are also expected to deliver remarks, with attorney generals from at least 12 different states expected to attend.

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