DOJ Intends to Sue Abbott for Operation Lone Star Practices

DOJ Intends to Sue Abbott for Operation Lone Star Practices

Joshua Smith
Joshua Smith
July 22, 2023

After the highly controversial and possibly illegal actions done by Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s (R) Operation Lone Star at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sent him a letter, letting him know they intended to sue him.

"We write to inform you ... that the United States intends to file legal action in relation to the State of Texas’s unlawful construction of a floating barrier in the Rio Grande River," said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim and U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza in the letter.

Texas Representative Veronica Escobar (D) expressed her approval of the pending lawsuit against the governor.

“Last week, I led my colleagues in calling on @theJusticeDept to take immediate action on @GregAbbott_TX's dangerous and cruel stunt. Today, they announced they’re doing just that. Migrants and asylum seekers deserve better; I'm glad we have an Administration that agrees.”

Texas Representative Sylvia Garcia (D) similarly shared her agreement with the DOJ’s decision to take a stand against Gov. Abbott.

“I applaud the DOJ for taking immediate action regarding Governor Abbott’s barbaric and inhumane border policies.”

Texas Representative Greg Casar (D), who recently joined several lawmakers in calling for action to stop Operation Lone Star’s recent actions, tweeted the news of the Justice Department’s decision.

“NEWS: The Biden Administration & @TheJusticeDept are suing to stop Greg Abbott’s cruelty at the border. Together, we can end the human rights violations against families in Texas. We won’t give up.”

In other news, Texas Representative Wesley Hunt (R) recently reacted to the news that former president Donald Trump (R) received a target letter from FBI agent Jack Smith.

Rep. Hunt has consistently attempted to direct attention toward President Biden (D) and his administration.

In June, Trump was indicted on charges of mishandling classified documents. Earlier in the year, Rep. Hunt attempted to equate President Joe Biden’s (D) possession of around 20 documents to Trump’s possession of 325 classified documents.

“So allow me to remind those who may have forgotten that it was Joe Biden who was illegally in possession of numerous boxes of classified material he obtained both as a United States Senator, and as Vice President. Neither one of those offices afforded him the authority to declassify the material.”

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Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is a writer and recent graduate, majoring in English.

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