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DOJ Looking Into Concerns of Migrant Mistreatment After Trooper Alleges 'Inhumane' Policies

The Justice Department is assessing a Texas state trooper's allegations that border officials are enforcing "inhumane" policies and putting migrants at risk of injury or death.

What the Trooper Said: According to the Houston Chronicle (Center bias), a Texas state trooper-medic who was working at the border expressed concern to his supervisor in a July 3 email about the treatment of migrants. "I believe we have stepped over a line into the inhumane," the trooper wrote, while describing graphic injuries he'd witnessed and attributing them to razor wire in the Rio Grande meant to deter crossings. The trooper also said he was once directed to "push people back into the water to go to Mexico" and to "not give people water." 

What Officials Said: A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman said there's no "directive or policy that instructs Troopers to withhold water from migrants or push them back into the river." Gov. Greg Abbott's (R) office said "No orders or directions have been given under Operation Lone Star that would compromise the lives of those attempting to cross the border illegally."

How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum highlighted the trooper's claims of inhumane policies. Many right-rated sources also highlighted statements from Texas officials denying that such policies exist. Some left-rated sources mentioned those remarks, but tended to focus more on critics of Texas' border policies. 

Posted on 20 Jul 2023 14:59 link