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Number of encounters law enforcement officials had with undocumented migrants at Texas’s southern border:March 2021:109, 456August 2022:116,967When Governor Greg Abbott launched his oft touted and oft maligned security initiative, Operation Lone Star, the goal was to “stop this revolving door and deter others considering entering illegally.” Eighteen months later, after billions of dollars were allocated toward the effort, including transferring money from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Health and Human Services, and the Department of Family and Protective Services (and after a $14 million busing stunt that moved more than 10,000 migrants from Texas to Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.), the number had risen by more than 7,000, according to the Texas Tribune.This article originally appeared in the January 2023 issue of…
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