The Austin American-Statesman wrote Monday that U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin said he was told by federal agents that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids conducted mid-February were retaliation for a new policy enacted by Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez.

That policy, enacted Feb.1, meant “that her department no longer would honor most warrantless requests from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to detain jailed suspects who were in the United States illegally, except those charged with murder, aggravated sexual assault, and human smuggling,” as the Houston Chronicle wrote.

The revelation of the retaliatory raids, said Jose P. Garza, executive director of the Texas-based Workers Defense Project, “confirms our worst fears and calls into question the legitimacy of recent enforcement actions.”

“Many law abiding Austin families were in fact politically targeted in those ICE raids by the Trump administration and the Department of Homeland Security must immediately provide our community with answers,” he said in a press statement.

Also on Monday, the administration began “publicly shaming so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ in an attempt to get them to cooperate with deportation efforts,” as the Huffington Post wrote.

Click Here: geelong cats guernsey 2019

That effort comes via the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Declined Detainer Outcome Report, which offers a supposed “weekly list of crimes” committed by immigrants. The Independent writes that it “lists ‘examples’ of people who are currently in the U.S. and have not been deported by their jurisdiction despite a deportation request by ICE.” It includes people who have been charged but not convicted, Yahoo! News notes. 

“This is part of an overall strategy to try to scare jurisdictions into becoming deportation agents,” said Cody Wofsy, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “And the truth is that jurisdictions have the legal right to refuse to become entangled with the federal immigration enforcement system.”

Daniel José Camacho, a Masters of Divinity student at Duke Divinity School, describes the list as “sinister” and, echoing Wofsy, adds that it “represents a clear tactic to intimidate local jurisdictions resisting ICE and an attempt to bend them to the will of Trump’s policies.”

“It also risks stoking the flames of xenophobia and hatred against immigrants—even though the report does not actually substantiate Trump’s alarmism,” he writes.

Our work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Comments