The president-elect’s vow to militarize the police force has largely affected immigrant families in places close to the border such as the Brownsville, Texas.
The state’s Department of Public Safety (DPS), whose mission it is to “protect and serve Texas” is routinely handing over undocumented immigrants to Border Patrols and sometimes Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to The Intercept, even passengers and pedestrians who weren’t driving can be taken into custody.
DPS records are hard to obtain and State Troopers do not consistently report stops that result in handovers to Border Patrol, making it difficult to know just how often this is happening. In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas, has found that undocumented immigrants who they knew had been detained, imprisoned, and, in some cases, deported, were not recorded from the public records that they did obtain.
Ever since a 2008 Texas Motor Vehicle regulation mandated no one could get a license without proof of legal status in the U.S. a terrorizing cycle of enforced deportation began for immigrants who are reluctantly forced to drive without a license in areas with little to no public transportation. Also, in 2008 the funding for “border security” skyrocketed, from "$110 million for the biennium 2008 to 2009 to $800 million for 2018 and 2019, DPS getting the bulk of the funding."
In the video below a minor traffic violation turns into a nightmare for parents and their 5-month-old daughter.