Jeff Sessions

Apr 26, 2018
Huffington Post

Jeff Sessions Wants To Make The Justice Department More Like ICE

"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]

Oct 20, 2017

Sessions defends Trump's immigration priorities in Austin

KSAT interviewed Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership: "For our local lawmakers, I would just encourage them to stand strong. We know that the state and federal governments are standing very strong against us. Elections are coming up soon, and one way or another, we will unite to either fight local policies or to get them out of office."
Oct 20, 2017
Austin American-Statesman

Attorney General Sessions hails anti-sanctuary cities law in Texas

"One protester, an undocumented immigrant who came over from Mexico as a teenager, said she fears Trump and Sessions’ hardline tone on immigration is promoting violence aimed at minorities. 'The attacks have increased against many communities,' said Claudia Muñoz, 33, who fled drug violence in Monterrey when she was 16. 'There’s people who feel it’s OK to attack me.' Protesting Sessions, she said, provided an opportunity to oppose Trump and his anti-immigration rhetoric. 'We know the agenda he’s trying to push,' Muñoz added. 'We’re not scared of him.'"
Oct 20, 2017
Texas Observer

Jeff Sessions Bashed ‘Sanctuary Cities’ in Austin While Protesters Trampled a KKK Robe

"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]

Oct 20, 2017
Univision 62

“Vete de aquí”, el grito de manifestantes a Jeff Sessions durante su visita a Austin

"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]

Oct 20, 2017
The Patch

AG Sessions Touts Trump's Immigration Policies During Austin Visit

"Officials at Grassroots Leadership, a civil rights watchdog, also had harsh words against Sessions ahead of his visit. Officials there noted Sessions, in testimony before Congress on Oct. 18, threatened to strip federal funding from so-called 'sanctuary cities' seen as too welcoming of immigrants. 'We know that the real reason Sessions is coming is to defy the Austin community as we are fighting to ensure that Austin is a sanctuary city for all,' said Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership. 'Even as we continue to be attacked by Paxton, Abbott, and the Trump administration, we will show Sessions that he will not break us and we will resist any and all steps he takes against us. He is not welcome in our city.'"

We can not accept any DACA deal that includes more detention and deportation

Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership, speaking at the University Leadership Initiative press conference on September 5 to respond to news that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session announced the end of the DACA program.

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]


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