Austin Immigrant Advocates Demand ICE Release Details On Planned 'Mega Raid'

September 8, 2017

"Austin immigrant advocates are calling on ICE to release documents revealing the scope of the operation. Officials at Austin-based Grassroots Leadership note the timing of the raid at a time when Donald Trump is directing the construction of more private detention facilities such as the new 1000-bed facility in Conroe, Texas. Advocates from Detention Watch Network assert this raid is a mechanism to intentionally elevate detention numbers before the new fiscal year to manufacture a need to fund more new detention beds, officials suspect. 'Trump’s plan to blatantly round up immigrants to fill detention beds ahead of the national budget debate is outrageous,' Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership, said. 'We will continue to organize to defend local immigrant communities from this latest repulsive threat of a white supremacist ideology that dehumanizes immigrants for political gain and corporate profit.'"