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The Texas Hammer: Immigration and Sanctuary Cities
County sheriff wants to keep ICE out of Austin
News Story  March 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Sheriff Sally Hernandez rejected full compliance with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests during her first month in office, saying she would only cooperate if an individual has been charged with a violent crime..."

Women and Children First
Immigration raids targeting families strike fear in Austin's Latino community
News Story  January 14, 2016, by Amy Kamp
"...On Jan. 4, Department of Homeland Security Sec­re­ta­ry Jeh Johnson issued a press release announcing, "This past weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) engaged in concerted, nationwide enforcement operations to take into custody and return at a greater rate adults who entered this country illegally with children..."

During Austin Visit, A.G. Jeff Sessions Rehashes Immigration Myths
Activists protest Sessions and the DOJ's "racist" agenda
DAILY News  October 23, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Predictably, Sessions applauded the Texas Legislature for passing one of the harshest anti-immigrant laws in the country, Senate Bill 4, and slammed so-called “sanctuary cities,“ warning those cities that they could stand to lose federal law enforcement grants. As SB 4 winds through the courts, Sessions called the legal outcome of “national interest.” The A.G..."

News Roundup: John Legend, the FBI, and Paul Pryor
Legend calls for criminal justice reform; Pryor passes away
DAILY News  April 20, 2015, by the News Staff
"...• Big Money in Prisons for Refugees: A new report just released by Grassroots Leadership documents the latest expanding niche of the private prison industry: immigration detention. “Payoff: How Congress Ensures Private Prison Profit with an Immigrant Detention Quota” reports that 62% of all Immigration and Customs Enforcement beds are now operated by private prison companies (up from 49% in 2009); that the industry lobbies Congress fiercely and expensively to maintain a federal detention “bed quota” under immigration law (currently at 34,000 beds); that two private firms (Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group) operate 72% of those beds, accompanied by dramatic increases in profits; and that both companies are expanding their operations in Texas (Karnes County and Dilley) and Louisiana..."

DPS Director Steve McCraw Issues Immigration Marching Orders
Since Nov. 4, DPS troopers "have an obligation" to work with ICE, Border Patrol
News Story  July 6, 2017, by Debbie Nathan
"...Nationally, it's the first signed law of its kind since Donald Trump took office. It establishes harsh penalties for police chiefs, sheriffs, and possibly even frontline law enforcement who fail to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, and allows police to ask about immigration status whenever they detain someone...."

Trump Budget Wants Congress to Rewrite Federal Immigration Law
But that budget? DOA. (We hope.)
News Story  June 1, 2017, by Michael King
"...The proposed Trump administration federal budget – described variously as "dead on arrival" or "dead before arrival" (and that's by Republicans) – has been roundly denounced, as it should be, for cutting basic social safety net programs and undermining public schools, while spiking military spending. But the draft features other Trumpian surprises – for example, buried in an appendix is a provision that would rewrite federal immigration law to tighten the screws on alleged "sanctuary cities." Attorney General Jeff Sessions has grudgingly acknowledged that Immigration and Customs Enforcement "detainer requests" are exactly that, and not binding on local jurisdictions – so the budget asks Congress to rewrite the law to require local law enforcement to comply with any requests issued by ICE, and to enable the Department of Justice to sanction (through funding denials) any jurisdiction that fails to comply with such "requests" (thereby making a mockery of the term itself)..."

Immigration Update
Congress not making immigration legislation progress; and local immigrant rights organizers gather to call attention to those separated from their families via detention or deportation
News Story  September 15, 2006, by Diana Welch
"...Meanwhile, while legislators continue to sit on their hands, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents continue to make their bosses at the Department of Homeland Security happy with their go-get-'em attitude. In late August, during a six-day sweep in Las Vegas called Operation Return to Sender, ICE arrested 109 immigrants..."

Obama Eats, Bumps, and Leaves
The fist bump heard ’round the world
News Story  July 17, 2014, by Michael King, Mary Tuma and Nina Hernandez
"...De facto leader Sheridan Lagunas, an undocumented local resident, called on Obama (via bullhorn) to end deportations. Lagunas localized his criticism, expressing his opposition to the Secure Communities program, and said he hoped to highlight the story of undocumented resident Erik Zumaya, an Austin father of six, who was to face deportation last Friday after a 2010 arrest for driving without a license (Good news on that front: Zumaya's lawyer, Boston Cote, tells the Chronicle that in a "rare" move, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has granted Zumaya a last-minute stay of removal, allowing him to remain in the country..."

AIRC, S-Comm, and the Fight for Immigrants' Rights
Immigrants' rights activists call on Commissioners to defund Sheriff
DAILY News  August 13, 2014, by Amy Kamp
"...The controversial federal program allows U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to request that local law enforcement issue a 48-hour “detainer” for any undocumented person arrested, regardless of the offense..."

Sanctuary Cities and the Ways We Fight for Human Rights
When community matters more than the law
News Story  February 9, 2017, by Victoria Rossi
"...For others, it alludes to a set of concrete policies that limit a city's cooperation with U.S. Immi­gra­tion and Customs Enforcement (ICE)..."

Immigration Folly at the Lege
News Column  April 27, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...The city does not get involved in any transactions or check IDs. It simply provides police officers for safety purposes, a license-plate-watch service, and referrals to advocacy and law enforcement in cases of abuse or nonpayment..."

Travis Co. Jail Immigration Fracas Hits Commissioners Court
County officials claim they never dreamed jail arrangement with feds would cause such a fuss
News Story  February 15, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...An indignant Sheriff Greg Hamilton disputed the alleged nefariousness of the plan, insisting the Sheriff's Office is merely providing an old desk and a tiny room so ICE agents won't have to stand at a counter to process deportation paperwork, that it is his prerogative as sheriff to delegate jail resources, and that the Sherrif's Office is legally obligated to cooperate with ICE and other law enforcement. Hamilton added he has excelled in reaching out to minorities – after which point commissioners lamented his "defensiveness."..."

Did the White House and ICE Collude?
Inquiring civil rights groups want to know
News Story  February 23, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...A group of civil and immigrant rights groups have sent a thorough Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the feds to find out if U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement or the White House were in coordinated talks with state officials before the widespread immigration crackdown in Texas..."

Crossing Over
Various characters who are ensnared within the dogged machinery of the American immigration system become the subjects of this multistrand narrative.
Film Review  March 27, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The individual stories seem tailored toward making points rather than creating realistic characters and situations. At the center of the drama is Ford’s Max Brogan, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who’s having trouble sleeping at night after busting a Mexican seamstress in a California factory, whose son will be cast to the streets after she is deported without him..."

Opposition to Immigrant Detention Centers Mounting
DAILY News  September 27, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...15, after a weeklong 105-mile march to protest treatment of detainees at the private, for-profit facility operated by Corrections Corpor­ation of America, under contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement..."

Cold as ICE
Sheriff Greg Hamilton stoutly defends the 'Secure Communities' deportation mill. But growing public and official opposition is working to shut down the line.
News Story  July 3, 2014, by Tony Cantú
"...immigration law. The initiative is designed to identify and hold deportable detainees in the U.S., with participating law enforcement officials submitting fingerprints of detainees not only to FBI criminal databases (as has long been standard practice), but also to immigration databases..."

Sheriff Over ICE
Dem candidates spar over the TCSO role in immigration
News Story  March 23, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm of the Depart­ment of Homeland Security, since the fall of 2008, more than 169,000 illegal immigrants have been deported, including more than 45,300 who had been flagged as Level 1 criminals – persons convicted of "aggravated felonies," including murder, rape, firearms or drug trafficking – under its Secure Communities program, designed specifically to identify and deport illegal immigrants with serious criminal histories..."

New Name, Same Game
S-Comm's end hasn't lessened the fear of deportation for Travis County's immigrants
News Story  July 9, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"...On Nov. 20, 2014, Homeland Security Sec­retary Jeh Johnson announced, "The Secure Communities program, as we know it, will be discontinued." The widely reviled program invited municipalities to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement with deportations by holding immigrants in custody until ICE agents could pick them up for processing..."

Sheriff Sally Hernandez Continues to Do "What’s Right"
Besieged by the state GOP, Hernandez shows no sign of backing down from her immigration policies
News Story  July 6, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Greg Abbott unleashed a torrent of propagandistic rhetoric – and direct punitive action – against her over her policies toward U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...."

Undocumented, Unafraid
Balancing fear and power in the wake of ICE arrests
News Story  March 9, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...The 18-year-old undocumented Texas State University student fixed her eyes on a YouTube video showing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arresting members of her Rundberg corridor community in early February..."

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