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Instead of addressing critical issues affecting Texans by focusing on comprehensive responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, the broken electric grid, and lack of access to quality housing, healthcare, and education, Governor Abbott continues to waste our tax dollars and scapegoat immigrants and communities of color by:

  • Deploying more than 1,000 Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers and hundreds of National Guard soldiers to the border in so-called “border security” efforts without any mechanisms ensuring accountability or transparency.
  • Initiating Operation Lone Star that allows DPS troopers to “catch-and-jail” asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution and violence.
  • Issuing a disaster declaration that falsely categorizes the border as a disaster zone and orders the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to revoke licenses from shelters that serve unaccompanied children, which the federal government has already threatened to sue.
    • The disaster proclamation intends to put patrolling boats in the Rio Grande, deploy more than 1,800 National Guard soldiers and continue with the construction of the border wall.
  • Signing into law $2 billion in border security spending and continues to fund Operation Lonestar, which has criminalized hundreds of migrants seeking safety and refuge.
    • The bill allocates $750 million state dollars to build an unnecessary border wall, aside from the $250 million transferred in June from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice budget as a “down payment” for the border wall.
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Moreover, Abbott and his legislative allies have made Texas the epicenter of an extreme racist agenda that further stripping our civil and constitutional rights by:

  • Increasing the spread of COVID-19 by advancing anti-mask mandates across Texas
  • Making it harder for people of color and low income people to vote
  • Allowing anyone 21 and older to openly carry a gun in public without having to pass a training class or receive a permit 
  • Increasing poverty by placing a statewide camping ban targeting people experiencing homelessness
  • Censoring schools and teachers by whitewashing history
  • Passing legislation attacking the rights of women and the LGBTQIA+ community in Texas

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