President Biden’s Justice Department is investigating Texas’s Operation Lone Star program for potential civil rights violations.
Fox News reports:
The Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division sent a letter to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on May 16, saying that they’ve been made aware of potentially unlawful activity related to the border security mission.
“The Department is seeking this information after receiving information indicating that DPS may be discriminating on the basis of race and/or national origin in its activities related to Operation Lone Star by targeting certain individuals for arrests for misdemeanor trespass violations and traffic stops based on their perceived or actual race or national origin,” Christine Stoneman, the chief of the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, wrote in the May letter to top DPS officials.
Amanda Hernandez, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), said that the DOJ also requested information from them in March 2022 “regarding the agency’s efforts to support Operation Lone Star.”
“TDCJ provided the information that was requested,” Hernandez told Fox News Digital in a statement. “The agency has and continues to follow all state, and federal laws as the state of Texas responds to the ongoing crisis at the border.”
Gov. Greg Abbott launched the operation last year as a response to the Biden administration’s lack of action regarding the ongoing border crisis.