Migrants to Take Greg Abbott to Court
The Border Network of Human Rights and more than a thousand migrants from El Paso will sue the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. They accuse him of xenophobia, racism, violation of human and civil rights, illegal detention of Hispanic citizens, brutality, physical and psychological abuse, beatings and denial of humanitarian, health and food aid to blacks and Latinos. Their abuses have cost the lives of more than 800 people in 2023 and will cost more than a thousand before the end of the year. There are countless who are missing.
The Border Network of Human Rights (BNHR) and migrants, crowded between Ciudad Juarez (Mexico) and El Paso (Texas) and along the U.S.-Mexico border in the territory of Texas, are preparing a major class action lawsuit against Republican Governor Greg Abbott, whom they will take to the courts and to the U.S. Congress.
They will also accuse Abbott of violating the right to asylum. There are countless missing persons and victims of mafia gangs and human trafficking. The gangs are “making a fabulous million-dollar business with Greg Abbott’s policies,” Fernando García, director of BNHR, assures Sol de Medianoche.
“The harsher the policies and abuses of Abbott and his officials, the more money the mafias make. A Mexican must pay between three and four thousand dollars to cross the border. For Central American migrants, they charge ten thousand dollars and more per person, often abandoning them in the desert, where they die,” says Garcia.
BNHR is collecting evidence, testimonies, and extensive documentation to support the collective denunciation. Fernando Garcia assures that they are ready to “go all the way to put an end to the hidden genocide of migrants.”
“The governor of Texas is bypassing the U.S. Constitution by exclusively assuming federal powers, that do not belong to him, in order to carry out his policy against the many immigrants in El Paso. Many die trying to cross the border. The situation is becoming more and more complicated and aggressive against civil and human rights,” says Garcia.
The U.S.-Mexico border “is one of the five most militarized borders in the world to contain migrants. It is up to the federal government to implement immigration strategies and policies. But the state of Texas applies immigration laws as it sees fit, utilizing thousands of state troopers and the Texas National Guard under the narrative that there is an invasion,” says Fernando Garcia.
“This is how Abbott justifies the walls,” he adds. “They are indiscriminately detaining migrants and legal residents of Texas who are of Latino origin or who look Latino, just because of their appearance, and they are putting double buoys in the Rio Grande. One buoy has barbed wire and the other has nets underneath. Many migrants are caught and die. Greg Abbott has invested ten billion dollars in this. He is playing the lie of containing a non-existent invasion.”