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The Texas Tribune-ProPublica Investigative Unit

Fact-checking Texas leaders’ claims about Operation Lone Star

As reporters investigated Gov. Greg Abbott’s border initiative, they repeatedly found situations in which Abbott and Department of Public Safety officials cited accomplishments that lacked crucial context or did not match reality. Here are a few examples.

By Perla Trevizo and Lomi Kriel, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica, Kengo Tsutsumi, ProPublica, and Andrew Rodriguez Calderón, The Marshall Project
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Trespassing charges against immigrants 

700 gang members 

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Haitian immigrants

Spending on border security 

Fentanyl seized 

Immigrant apprehensions

Busing immigrants to Washington 

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Our investigation into Operation Lone Star also found:

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