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Texas Governor Plans to Transport Immigrants to Washington, D.C.

Plus: DHS directed staff to remove findings on domestic violence and sexual misconduct by officers, an investigation finds

The end of the Title 42 expulsion order is expected to lead to an increase of immigrants at the border, leading Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to say the state will charter buses to transport migrants released by federal agents to Washington, D.C.. Abbott’s announcement continues his fight against the Biden administration’s immigration policy. The governor said National Guard troops would kick off “mass migration rehearsals” this week to prepare for an influx like the wave of migrants that overwhelmed officials in Del Rio last fall. Texas officials said troops and state police would also create “boat blockades” in areas of the Rio Grande. New York Times

DHS Directed Staff to Remove Findings on Domestic Violence, Sexual Misconduct by Officers

An investigation found that more than 10,000 employees of Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service and the Transportation Security Administration had experienced sexual harassment or sexual misconduct at work. That’s more than a third of those surveyed, according to an unpublished draft report dated December 2020. The draft report also described a pattern of the agencies using cash payments to settle sexual harassment complaints without investigating or disciplining perpetrators. The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general objected to that finding, suggesting in written comments that it be removed from the report, which has never been published. New York Times

Cuban Migration Booms Along Mexico Border

Over 32,000 Cubans were taken into U.S. custody last month along the Mexico border, according to The Washington Post. The figure is double February’s numbers. Customs and Border Protection is now on track to take more than 155,000 Cubans into custody in the current fiscal year. The number of Cuban arrivals hasn’t been this high since most Cubans’ arrival during the 1980 Mariel boatlift. Maria Victoria Gonzalez, who arrived in Miami with her husband and two children in January after flying to Nicaragua, described the current exodus from Cuba as “a stampede to Managua,” referring to the Central American country’s capital. “Almost everyone from the younger generations is leaving,” she said. The Washington Post

Public Defenders Call on DOJ to Investigate Texas’ Unconstitutional Operation Lone Star

The Public Defenders Coalition for Immigrant Justice and 15 public defender offices sent a letter yesterday to the Department of Justice calling for an immediate federal investigation into Texas’ Operation Lone Star. More than 3,000 people have been arrested under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s program, most of them Latinx and Black men. A recent investigation by ProPublica, Texas Tribune, and The Marshall Project showed the state’s claims of success have been exaggerated, and that the operation is relying on flawed data. People arrested and charged under the program are also not entitled to the typical justice process. All these factors have led the coalition to say it’s necessary to immediately end Operation Lone Star.

Plaintiffs win settlement against Pennsylvania state police accused of profiling Hispanic motorists

Pennsylvania state police officials announced Wednesday that a $865,000 settlement will be awarded to 10 plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit. The plantiffs alleged state troopers violated federal immigration law by pulling over Hispanic motorists based on the way they looked and detaining those they suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. A portion of the settlement is going to the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which filed the federal suit in 2019. It asserted that police aggressively questioned motorists and their passengers about their immigration statuses without cause or justification, and held them for federal immigration agents. APNews

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