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(AUSTIN, Texas) — The Trump administration continued its campaign of fear mongering and misinformation today, repeating old threats to punish so-called “sanctuary cities” by withholding federal funding, actions that legal experts say are (still) likely unconstitutional.
In a public announcement obviously intended to distract from the Trump administration’s humiliating defeat on healthcare last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated threats to defund “sanctuary cities” — all from a previous executive order. Read more about To distract from his boss’ failures, Sessions threatens “sanctuary cities” — again
WHEN: 6:30pm, Thursday, March 23, 2017
WHERE: Texas State Capitol, South Steps
WHO: Formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones; performances by Tree G, Bavu Blakes, Terry G. Thompson, Boss Street Band, and Selah Vie.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/399313810425536/ Read more about Candlelight Vigil at Texas Capitol Honors Those Who have Died in Texas Prisons
(AUSTIN, Texas) — Today, Grassroots Leadership reacted to a revelation first made in federal court on Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin confirmed that mass raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Austin in February were retaliation for Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s policy limiting the use of voluntary immigration detainer requests in the Travis County Jail. Read more about Judge exposes ICE retaliation in Austin raids, proving how readily ICE lies to local officials and press
A guard from a private prison in San Antonio pled guilty to sexually abusing a prisoner, reports the San Antonio Current.
Barbara Jean Goodwin was a guard at the Central Texas Detention Facility, a private prison for immigrants in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. The detention center is operated by for-profit company GEO Group. Testimony from her victim and other detainees stated she forcibly performed oral sex on a prisoner over 30 times over a six month period. Goodwin now faces up to 15 years in federal prison.
I am pleased to announce that Sofia Casini has joined our staff full-time as our new immigration programs coordinator. To many of you, Sofia is a familiar face. She has been working as our detention visitation coordinator since 2015.
Sofia Casini brings over 15 years of experience working with immigrants, refugees, and victims of trafficking. Read more about Announcing Sofia Casini's new role at Grassroots Leadership