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Webb County, a Democratic stronghold, is set to welcome Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s controversial migrant arrests

The county is the most populous to embrace the Republican governor’s “catch-and-jail” policy to arrest people accused of crossing the border illegally for state crimes, including trespassing.

Travelers by foot and vehicle wait to be processed by Customs and Border Protection before entry into Laredo on Nov. 9, 2021. Land borders reopened to vaccinated travelers after 19 months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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