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1 big thing: ACLU calls for investigation of Operation Lone Star

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Gov. Greg Abbott might soon be battling the federal government over the state's controversial anti-immigration initiative.

Driving the news: The American Civil Liberties Union filed a formal complaint with the Department of Homeland Security yesterday, asking the federal government to investigate the way migrants are treated under Operation Lone Star, Abbott's $4 billion border security push.

  • This week, the state started busing migrants from the border to New York City, which New York's mayor called "horrific."

The other side: Abbott said he hopes the mayor of New York "follows through on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms so that our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief."

Why it matters: It's not clear whether the state has the legal authority to transport migrants to the border โ€” or other states โ€” since immigration enforcement usually falls under the purview of federal authorities.

The big picture: The ACLU alleges that DPS agents are overstepping their legal authority by detaining and transferring migrants to DHS custody and its Customs and Border Protection agency, according to the Dallas Morning News.

  • The five-page ACLU letter asks the DHS to stop migrant transfers by Texas DPS, and to end "any detention of migrants on federal property by Texas DPS."
  • The ACLU also says this summer's heat wave exacerbates concerns, noting that holding people outside for several hours increases the risk of heat stroke.

The intrigue: Abbott might be hoping any legal battle makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court, which would raise his national profile and give the high court a chance to overturn the decision in a 2012 Arizona case that placed restrictions on how much states can do to enforce immigration laws.

Between the lines: The fight over immigration enforcement and the line between state and federal jurisdictions will be a key issue in the 2022 elections.

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2. ๐Ÿ’ธ City Hall is making money moves

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Dallas' plans for the upcoming fiscal year include more money for policing, environmental sustainability measures and increasing the minimum wage to $18 for city employees.

Driving the news: The city released the budget plan during the weekend and plans to formally introduce it to the City Council later today.

The big picture: City leaders estimate having $4.5 billion to spend in 2022-2023. The city's general fund for the new fiscal year is expected to bring in $172 million more than the current year.

Details: The proposed 2022-2023 budget includes plans to start the new $2 billion convention center project, which would replace the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center โ€” despite criticism that the move is a "land grab" for local developers.

  • Public safety accounts for 60% of Dallas' general fund under the proposed budget, and the city's police and fire departments would get millions more in funding compared to the current year.

Of note: Dallas plans to add a referendum to the Nov. 8 ballot, asking voters to approve collecting 2% more from the hotel tax for 30 years to help pay for the convention center.

  • If the referendum is approved, the city would start the hiring process for project management and design. Construction would begin in 2024.

What's next: The budget proposal will be introduced to City Council at 9am today and get input from the public throughout the month. The fiscal year begins in October.

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3. ๐Ÿงณ Charted: Where young adults from Dallas are moving

Note: The analysis includes U.S. Social Security Number holders born 1984โ€“1992 measuring their childhood locations at age 16 and young adult locations at age 26; Data: Center for Economic Studies, et al., 2022, "The Radius of Opportunity: Evidence from Migration and Local Labor Markets"; Chart: Skye Witley/Axios

Most young adults who moved out of Dallas by age 26 chose to stay within the state, according to a recent Axios analysis.

Why it matters: North Texas has experienced a population boom in recent years, but that hasn't kept young adults from moving elsewhere.

The big picture: Fort Worth was the most popular city for Dallas residents under 26 to move to. Austin, Houston, Los Angeles and Tyler were next.

  • California and Oklahoma were the most popular states to move to.

Context: The data from the Center for Economic Studies focuses on roughly 390,000 people who were born between 1984 and 1992 and lived in Dallas at age 16 before moving elsewhere by age 26.

Reality check: 70% of young people who grew up in Dallas chose to stay here into adulthood.

The other side: Dallas was a popular city to move to from Austin and northwest Arkansas.

4. ๐Ÿ—ž Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

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We keep it lit. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿซ More Texas teachers are on the verge of quitting than at any other time in the last 40 years, according to a survey by the Texas State Teachers Association. (Houston Chronicle)

๐Ÿฅช Spiral Diner, the pioneering local vegan restaurant, will close its Oak Cliff location this month, but the Fort Worth and Denton locations will remain open โ€” and a new location in Arlington is being built now. (DMN)

โ›ช ๐ŸŽญ A Texas church ended its unauthorized rendition of "Hamilton" with a sermon that compared homosexuality with addiction. (WaPo)

โš–๏ธ Yaser Said, accused of murdering his two daughters, took the stand in his own defense and said someone else killed the girls. (AP)

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5. ๐ŸŒฎ One taco to go: Valerie's Taco Shop

Two giant tacos loaded with green sauce, and rice and beans
Not our favorite, but not bad. Photo courtesy of Cormac West

This Tuesday's taco taste test takes us to a stand-alone taco joint in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Plano.

  • Valerie's has locations in Princeton, Flower Mound and Plano โ€” and a few spots in California.

What to order: The two soft taco platter, with carne asada and adobada (crispy pork).

Where: Valerie's Taco Shop, 1130 N. Central Expressway, Plano.

Cost: $9 for two overflowing tacos, beans and rice.

Pro tip: They also sell cookies from DonDeli in Monterrey, which are ๐Ÿ‘Œ.

Six-word review: Soft corn tortillas + verde sauce = solid.

๐Ÿค” Know a great taco we should try? Hit reply and tell us.

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๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ› Tasha is realizing too late that she didnโ€™t mention International Cat Day in yesterdayโ€™s newsletter. To make up for it, here are some cats.

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