U.S. Senate candidate Roland Gutierrez has called on the Department of Justice for a swift investigation of the inhumane and immoral abuse of immigrants reportedly ordered by Greg Abbott.
For Immediate Release: July 18, 2023
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Earlier today Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding a swift investigation into a whistleblower report detailing the brutal, immoral abuse of immigrants at Texas’ southern border. In the letter, troopers were stated to be under orders to refuse water to migrants and push anyone, including young as young as four, into the Rio Grande river.
“What is happening at our southern border is not security in any sense of the word. This is cruelty, inflicted by a governor that has failed to keep Texans safe. I am calling for a swift investigation into this matter by the U.S. Department of Justice and for the Federal authorities to shut down Abbott’s unconstitutional rogue operation,” said Senator Roland Gutierrez.
In his letter, Senator Roland Gutierrez states, “There are few greater sins in this world than watching children scream in agony from ‘traps’ that were set for them by law enforcement officials. I believe that these new orders and policy changes violate federal law and our international agreements with Mexico. Likewise, I believe that those that instituted this policy will not face accountability for their actions from state officials. The Department of Public Safety has said that it will conduct an audit or an investigation into this matter. DPS cannot be trusted to investigate itself.
“In South Texas, we have seen this before. Nearly fourteen months ago, 19 children and 2 educators were left by law enforcement to fend for themselves for 77 minutes against a heavily armed and deranged gunmen. More than a year later, law enforcement officials have not faced one shred of accountability for their failure to breach the classroom at Robb Elementary. These same law enforcement officials have now initiated a policy that ensures horrendous pain and severe injury to migrants entering our country.”