Charges dropped against dozens of migrants arrested during Gov. Abbott’s border security initiative

9 months 3 days 3 hours ago Friday, November 05 2021 Nov 5, 2021 November 05, 2021 11:50 PM November 05, 2021 in News - Local

Migrants who have been found trespassing on private property have been arrested by state troopers as part of a state border security initiative.

Hundreds of them have been behind bars in Edinburg. Many have yet to be formally charged with a crime or given a court date. Attorneys representing the migrants say their constitutional rights are being violated and official documents sometimes don't have the location of the property they allegedly trespassed.

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"And when that happens, then there's basically no valid charge on the books for holding our clients in custody,” attorney Amrutha Jindal said.

A judge handling migrant cases in Kinney County near Del Rio recently threw out trespassing charges for nearly 30 migrants and released them from prison – saying there wasn't enough evidence to show the men committed a crime.

Attorneys say they will continue to work with migrants to get them out of state prisons. 

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