In more immigration news, a spokesperson for Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott says National Guard troops deployed to the southern border have helped Texas law enforcement officers detain over 7,700 migrants. They’re among more than 70,000 asylum seekers who’ve been arrested by Texas law enforcement since Abbott launched the anti-immigrant program “Operation Lone Star” back in March.
In related news, the attorneys general of Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration Thursday in a bid to force the U.S. to resume border wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Meanwhile, the group Human Rights First has tracked over 7,600 reports of kidnappings and other brutal attacks against asylum seekers who were blocked from applying for refuge in the U.S. or expelled under Title 42 since President Biden took office. Many of those barred under the Trump-era policy were Haitian asylum seekers.