Texas Police Officers Are Prowling Highways For Undocumented People To Report To Immigration Officials
Texas State Troopers have created a deportation pipeline along the border.
According to The Intercept, Texas State Troopers are engaging in what they are calling a “deportation pipeline.” The tactic used by law enforcement officials is simple: they stop drivers for minor to non-existent traffic violations, question everyone in the vehicle, and call immigration officials to detain anyone who is undocumented or suspected to be undocumented. Other times, troopers stop pedestrians and pressure them about their immigration status so they can be detained, according to video obtained by The Intercept.
Reporter Debbie Nathan teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas to figure out what is happening with the undocumented population in Texas. Nathan was able to obtain dash cam footage of several traffic stops and arrests that ended in people being handed over to immigration officials. Videos show police officers pulling over cars and questioning passengers about their immigration status, despite no crime having been committed that warrants interrogation or questioning. This didn’t happen overnight. The Intercept reports that the system under which the current Texas law enforcement operates has been in the making for a few years.
The Intercept reports that this system of Texas state troopers acting with immigration enforcement has its roots in 9/11. The Department of Homeland Security was established in 2002 and by 2006 then-governor Rick Perry gave law enforcement on the border and the state’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) large amounts of money. The report shows that the Texas legislature began to fund law officials strictly for border security to the tune of $110 million from 2008-2009. For 2018-2019, $800 million will pour into these departments to up their border security agenda.
You can read the full story from The Intercept here.