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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]

Welcoming University of Texas intern Ashley C. Rivera

Grassroots Leadership is pleased to welcome Ashley C. Rivera to our team this semester. 

Originally from U.S.-Mexico border town El Paso, Texas,  Ashley is an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin studying both Sociology and Anthropology. Ashley is also a member of the Bridging Disciplines Program which aims to offer students interdisciplinary certification in areas outside of their majors. Her areas of interest include Human Rights and Social Justice, Women’s and Gender Studies, Black and Latino Studies, Immigration, Media, Culture and Identities.

Ashley recently took interest in detention, private prisons and immigration policy following a study abroad program in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, and is very excited to be part of a movement advocating for human rights against for-profit corporations who lobby for and profit from the criminalization and detention of migrants and other marginalized groups.


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