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The first migrants arrested in Gov. Greg Abbott's border crackdown have served their time. Federal officials will decide what happens next.

The Texas governor has derided federal immigration policy as "catch and release." But unless federal authorities now take them into custody, the migrants Abbott ordered state troopers to arrest could soon be freed.

A group of migrants walks onto a Customs and Border Protection vehicle after being apprehended near the U.S. and Mexico border in Del Rio on July 23, 2021.
Nine Venezuelan migrants in a Texas prison appeared virtually in the Val Verde County court Wednesday and pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing.

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