mayor steve adler

Feb 16, 2016
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Austin American-Statesman

Mayor Adler calls for taking risks as Austin grapples with growth

Toward the end of Adler’s speech, a small group of protesters with ICE Out of Austin held up a sign that said “This great city deports” and began chanting “Less talk, more action.” They were escorted out of the room, with some in the audience yelling at them to shut up.

Alejandro Caceres, who was among the protesters, said they have tried to convince Adler to bring forward a resolution asking Austin police Chief Art Acevedo to cease communications with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, but with no success. Caceres said it’s clear the issue is not a priority to the mayor.

Adler told reporters after his speech that he has made his position on immigration clear. Last year, for instance, Adler joined the nonprofit Workers Defense Project in publicly calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to drop a lawsuit against an executive order from President Barack Obama that sought to provide protection from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants with children born in the U.S. Read more about Mayor Adler calls for taking risks as Austin grapples with growth

Feb 17, 2016
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Austin.com

Adler Lays Out Progressive Agenda For 2016 In His 'State Of The City' Address

In his 2016 “State of the City” address last night, Mayor Steve Adler promised that Austin, Texas will do “big things” in the year to come.

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However, the night was not without controversy. At one point near the end of his speech, protesters interrupted Adler with chants of, “Less talk, more action!” As they were escorted out, a member of the audience shouted back, “Less you, more us!”

A member of the group later told Austin.com that they were demonstrating to end deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The city has explored launching an ID program solely for Austin residents regardless of their immigration status, but Adler has stopped short of the group’s demand for a resolution ordering local law enforcement not to work with immigration officials.

“I am a strong supporter of our local law enforcement prioritizing their time and spending their time on our local issues, on our local safety concerns, and not being put in the position where they are called on to enforce national immigration policies,” Adler said in a recent public meeting with local immigration activists, according to The Austin Monitor. Read more about Adler Lays Out Progressive Agenda For 2016 In His 'State Of The City' Address

Jan 26, 2016
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KEYE TV

Immigration activists confront mayor about Austin deportations

On Monday, immigration activists demanded to see Mayor Steve Adler. It happened after a walk out at the Public Safety Council meeting where law enforcement gave the council an update on its policy of arresting illegal immigrants.

The ICE out of Austin group walked up the city hall steps to the mayor's office. They want the mayor to draft a resolution that stops Austin Police from working with ICE. Read more about Immigration activists confront mayor about Austin deportations

Jan 26, 2016
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Austin American-Statesman

Immigration advocates rally at Mayor Adler’s office, demand action

Hilda Ramirez, 28, and her 9-year-old son fled violence in Guatemala and were taken into custody as soon as they crossed the border. They were held at an immigration center southeast of San Antonio for 11 months.

Ramirez and her son now live at a shelter in Austin. She said she is in constant fear they could get deported at any time, especially if a police officer notifies immigration officials.

“I suffered a lot there, I came to ask you for help,” Ramirez told Austin Mayor Steve Adler on Monday.

Ramirez and two dozen members of ICE out of Austin, an immigrant advocacy group, gathered at City Hall and asked Adler to pass a resolution to ban Austin police from communicating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The group is accusing police officers of asking people about their immigration status and sharing information with federal authorities.

“There’s not a lot related to national immigration policy that is in city’s hands. What’s is in our hands is the conduct of our law enforcement and police,” Adler said. “If there are people in the community not treated well, I want those people to come to me so I can do something about it.”

At Monday’s Public Safety Committee, Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley said Austin is not a sanctuary city but highlighted that his officers are focused on crime fighting rather than asking people about immigration status.

In a letter, the group acknowledged Adler’s support to the immigrant community but highlighted the lack of action from city officials to stop deportation.

“We cannot accept any more delays because inaction on deportations locally means Austin families will continue to be separated,” the letter states. Read more about Immigration advocates rally at Mayor Adler’s office, demand action

Jan 26, 2016
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Telemundo

Activistas piden que autoridades de Austin no colaboren con ICE

Un grupo de activistas de la organización ICE out of Austin/ICE Fuera De Austin se reunió el lunes a las afueras de la oficina del Alcalde Steve Adler para pedir un fin a la colaboración de la policía local con el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas o ICE.

“Queremos que él tenga acciones con respecto a esto el solamente tiene que decirle a la policía no vas a cooperar con inmigración”, dijo Carmen Zuvieta, quien junto a otros miembros del grupo pidieron que la oficina del alcalde haga todo en su poder para detener las deportaciones en Austin. “A mi me da miedo por todos los demás es un trauma que llevas no sólo por mí por mis hijos por los demás es dolor adentro”.
Los activistas presionaron a Adler para que desarrolle una resolución y que le ponga una fecha a su aprobación.

“Sólo basta que el haga acciones porque ya promesas ya nos cansamos, ya esperamos”, dijo Zuvieta. Read more about Activistas piden que autoridades de Austin no colaboren con ICE

Jan 26, 2016
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Austin Monitor

Immigrant rights activists confront mayor over deportations

ICE Out of Austin – a group pushing for local law enforcement to no longer cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain or deport undocumented immigrants – arrived outside of Adler’s office shortly before 5:30 p.m., belting out chants in English and Spanish and demanding a meeting with the mayor. Group leader Alejandro Caceres rejected an offer from a mayoral aide to meet with Adler in his office, saying that group members wanted the meeting to be public.

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Adler responded that he was unsure whether a resolution was “the best way” to offer protections to the community.

“But we’re telling you that it is the best way, actually,” responded Caceres. “We’re telling you that we’re tired of families getting deported, we’re tired of politicians saying we have to be patient.”

“We see you as an ally and a friend, Mayor Adler, but if you’re telling us that you’re not going to put forward a resolution, then you stand with ICE and deportations,” Caceres added. “There is no gray line.” Read more about Immigrant rights activists confront mayor over deportations

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