During the week-long South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, 19 people will be deported from Austin.
Travis County, and especially Austin, often holds itself out to be a progressive and welcoming community tucked into an otherwise very conservative state. We even take in hundreds of thousands of y’all during SXSW!
While we’ve taken Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton to task before for running a brisk deportation racket, the sad truth is that Austin continues to be amongst the leaders in Texas and nationally in rounding up and deporting people from our community.
The Austin Chronicle put it like this:
“You may be asking why liberal Austin and Travis County would, for all intents and purposes, turn a blind eye to the sheriff's continued participation in a program that rips families apart, leaves kids without a parent or breadwinner, and creates enormous emotional trauma for those left behind.”