Austin immigrant community on alert amid possibility of ICE raids

July 16, 2019
Austin-American Statesman

The Central Texas immigrant community and advocacy organizations are on alert this week amid expected nationwide immigration sweeps.

More than 300 local volunteers distributed informational fliers to the immigrant community in the Austin, Bastrop, Elgin and Manor area last weekend. Information included how to reach a hotline at (512) 270-1515 as well as how to access resources such as legal clinics.

Volunteers with the nonprofit Grassroots Leadership and the community group ICE Out of Austin are monitoring streets this week checking for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity as well as following up on community reports.

Since Monday, there has been at least one confirmed arrest, according to Grassroots Leadership. ICE Out of Austin has also said that immigration officials this week have been visiting several apartment complexes and asking for tenant information from apartment staffers.