‘Operation Lone Star” ruled unconstitutional – Adewale Sobowale

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A Texas Court ruled on Thursday that the arrest of an Ecuadorian migrant under Texas Governor, Greg Abbott’s “Operation Lone Star” was unconstitutional.

The ruling was made by Judge Jan Soifer of Travis County.

According to Abbott, “Operation Lone Star” is designed to supplement border security, and frustrate the efforts of human traffickers and drug cartels. It utilises air, ground and marine tactical border units.

With the judgement, some immigration advocates are hopeful that there could be a pathway for other migrants arrested under the program.

An engineer from Ecuador, Jesus Alberto Guzman Curipoma, who wanted to submit a request for asylum, was arrested in September 2021 on a criminal trespassing charge.

Curipoma’s attorneys argued that “Operation Lone Star” violated the supremacy clause of the United States’ constitution. The constitution states that federal laws take precedence over state laws. State laws are therefore prohibited from interfering with immigration enforcement by the constitution.

The Travis county District Attorney’s Office that represented the state in the hearing also agreed that Curipoma’s arrest violated the constitution.

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