• Immigrants have filed a lawsuit over unconstitutional arrests.
  • The arrests were made under Texas governor Greg Abbott’s “Operation Lone Star”.
  • The lawsuit was filed in the federal court in Austin.

A group of immigrants who were arrested under Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s “Operation Lone Star” have filed a lawsuit. They demand an end to the arrests of undocumented immigrants on the grounds that “they are discriminatory on the basis of race and national origin,” according to EFE.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court, in Austin, Texas, on behalf of 15 immigrants affected by Operation Lone Star, under which Abbott authorized the arrest of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border trespassing charges.

What is the basis of the suit?

The complaint argues that state trespassing arrests are discriminatory and that this discrimination violates the constitutional rights of detainees. “Under the guise of the state’s criminal trespass law, but with the explicit and stated goal of punishing immigrants based on their immigration status, Texas officials are targeting immigrants,” the document states.

The suit also contends that the arrests “regularly lack probable cause.” It adds that “hundreds of those arrested have waited in jail for weeks or months without lawyers, without charges, without bail, without a legitimate detention or without a hearing date.”

What are the immigrants demanding?

The legal action, the first at the federal level against Operation Lone Star began, seeks to put an end to the practice. It also asks for the state of Texas to pay more than $5 million to affected migrants. Abbott launched Operation Lone Star in March 2021 and more than 5,000 undocumented immigrants have been arrested in the operation, the lawsuit says.