Earlier this week, Obama-Appointed Judge Robert Pitman dismissed a lawsuit brought by 15 male illegal aliens who claimed Gov. Greg Abbot’s (R-TX) Operation Lone Star violated their rights under the 4th, 6th, and 14th Amendments of the United States Constitution.
Operation Lone Star (OLS) was launched in March 2021 by Abbot to respond to a rise in illegal immigration. It is a joint operation between the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Military Department.
According to multiple reports, the OLS authorized the DPS to work with the Texas National Guard effectively to combat the Mexican drug cartels as well as the illegal aliens and drugs they smuggle across the southern border.
Operation Lone Star is working hard to counter illegal immigration, illegal drug movement, and human smuggling into the state of Texas. pic.twitter.com/VXrgKA3Pfa
— Texas Military Dept. (@TXMilitary) January 11, 2024
According to Judge Pitman, the illegal aliens failed to show which constitutional rights Operation Lone Star violated in their lawsuit.
“Because Plaintiffs’ requests for declaratory judgment are moot and because they fail to sufficiently plead that Defendants have violated their constitutional rights, the Court finds that it must dismiss this case,” Pitman said. “Plaintiffs have not provided the Court with facts regarding how the individual or supervisory powers and actions of Defendants have deprived Plaintiffs of their constitutional rights.”
The brief also noted that Plaintiffs fail to claim that anyone, much less an identifiable group of similarly situated individuals, is being treated differently from them or that OLS arrests or detentions depend on the race or national origin of the offender.
Operation Lone Star Mission: Secure the Border & Protect Texas Communities
Under the leadership of Gov. @GregAbbott_TX, DPS continues to utilize air, ground, marine & tactical security assets along the border to combat the smuggling of people & drugs into Texas. #bordersecurity pic.twitter.com/ddczTaumiI
— Texas DPS (@TxDPS) January 8, 2024
The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) defended Abbott in the case by filing a brief suggesting that the illegal aliens’ detention under Operation Lone Star did not violate the Constitution.
“This case richly deserved to be dismissed,” IRLI Executive Director Dale Wilcox said. “The Biden administration’s abdication of its statutory duty to secure the border has created a rash of property crimes in Texas, which Texas has every right to address by enforcing its state laws. We are pleased the court saw the legal baselessness of this suit and dismissed it.”