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Migrants arrested by Texas in border crackdown are being imprisoned for weeks without legal help or formal charges

Defense attorneys have started asking courts to set migrants free because local justice systems, overwhelmed by arrests under Gov. Greg Abbott's border security push, are routinely violating state law and constitutional due process rights.

A migrant is readied to board a law enforcement van after being apprehended by Department of Public Safety officers at a train depot in Spofford on Aug. 25, 2021.

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