"But others who work within the system see Sessions’ efforts to double down on immigration enforcement as a strain on the limited resources of federal judiciary. The cost to prosecute people whom Border Patrol or ICE would likely deport anyway topped $1 billion annually for incarceration alone, according to a 2012 analysis published by Austin-based advocacy group Grassroots leadership. That figure doesn’t include all the other resources that DOJ has to muster to make these cases happen: judges, public defenders, prosecutors and U.S. Marshals." [node:read-more:link]
"Claudia Muñoz, immigration program director at Grassroots Leadership, a nonprofit in Austin fighting mass incarceration, said she was demonstrating in support of 'sanctuary cities.' Muñoz immigrated to Austin in 2001 after suffering abuse and violence in Mexico. She told the Observer she moved to Texas in hopes of finding a better life, but her immigration case is still tied up in court. 'I’m fighting my asylum case,' Muñoz said at the protest. 'I’m just scared because my family is undocumented, and it’s really important to know my power. Everything this administration is doing directly impacts me and the people I love the most. It’s just about knowing the power the community has to defend ourselves.'" [node:read-more:link]
"La organización proinmigrantes Grassroots Leadership organizó una protesta llamada 'No en nuestra ciudad' a las afueras de la Oficina de la Fiscalía de los EE.UU. para el Distrito Occidental de Texas para rechazar la visita del Jeff Sessions.
'Sabemos que la verdadera razón por la que Sessions viene a Austin es para desafiar a la comunidad mientras luchamos para asegurarnos de que Austin sea una Ciudad Santuario para todos', dijo Claudia Muñoz, directora de programas de inmigración de la organización Grassroots Leadership." [node:read-more:link]
This coverage of the #SessionsOut protest during Attorney General Jeff Sessions' visit to Austin features an interview with Sofia Casini, immigration programs coordinator: "We send a clear message back: we will not be intimidated and we will continue to protect and defend immigrants in Austin." [node:read-more:link]
I remain heartened by the defiant response of our community here in Austin to the ending of DACA. We’ve been standing with University Leadership Initiative, with United We Dream, and with undocumented students who have DACA and who don’t have DACA, for years. We’re outraged by the actions of bullies like Donald Trump, Ken Paxton, Jeff Sessions, Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick who have tried to terrorize these communities for months now. [node:read-more:link]