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Feb 29, 2020
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La Raza

Transfieren a 47 mujeres detenidas por inmigración que se rebelaron contra ICE

Decenas de mujeres que esta semana se rebelaron en contra de la Oficina para el Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) por las condiciones de reclusión en un centro de detención para inmigrantes de Texas fueron transferidas a otra cárcel dentro del mismo estado.

El pasado lunes 24 de febrero un grupo de aproximadamente 80 mujeres detenidas por ICE participaron en un plantón al interior de la cárcel T. Don Hutto de TaylorTexas, para protestar por el trato inhumano que reciben y la falta de atención médica.

Tres días después, el jueves 27 de febrero, 47 de las manifestantes fueron enviadas a otra cárcel en Laredo, a unas 280 millas al sur, en el mismo estado de Texas.

Las acciones de las manifestantes pusieron en riesgo los protocolos de seguridad de las instalaciones al bloquear los accesos a diferentes áereas de servicio, incluyento salas de visita, comedores y tribunales, declaró un portavoz de ICE. Read more about Transfieren a 47 mujeres detenidas por inmigración que se rebelaron contra ICE

Feb 29, 2020
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La Prensa

Transfieren a 47 mujeres detenidas por inmigración que se rebelaron contra ICE

Decenas de mujeres que esta semana se rebelaron en contra de la Oficina para el Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) por las condiciones de reclusión en un centro de detención para inmigrantes de Texas fueron transferidas a otra cárcel dentro del mismo estado.

El pasado lunes 24 de febrero un grupo de aproximadamente 80 mujeres detenidas por ICE participaron en un plantón al interior de la cárcel T. Don Hutto de TaylorTexas, para protestar por el trato inhumano que reciben y la falta de atención médica.

Tres días después, el jueves 27 de febrero, 47 de las manifestantes fueron enviadas a otra cárcel en Laredo, a unas 280 millas al sur, en el mismo estado de Texas.

Las acciones de las manifestantes pusieron en riesgo los protocolos de seguridad de las instalaciones al bloquear los accesos a diferentes áereas de servicio, incluyento salas de visita, comedores y tribunales, declaró un portavoz de ICE. Read more about Transfieren a 47 mujeres detenidas por inmigración que se rebelaron contra ICE

Feb 29, 2020
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La Opinion

Transfieren a 47 mujeres detenidas por inmigración que se rebelaron contra ICE

Decenas de mujeres que esta semana se rebelaron en contra de la Oficina para el Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) por las condiciones de reclusión en un centro de detención para inmigrantes de Texas fueron transferidas a otra cárcel dentro del mismo estado.

El pasado lunes 24 de febrero un grupo de aproximadamente 80 mujeres detenidas por ICE participaron en un plantón al interior de la cárcel T. Don Hutto de TaylorTexas, para protestar por el trato inhumano que reciben y la falta de atención médica.

Tres días después, el jueves 27 de febrero, 47 de las manifestantes fueron enviadas a otra cárcel en Laredo, a unas 280 millas al sur, en el mismo estado de Texas.

Las acciones de las manifestantes pusieron en riesgo los protocolos de seguridad de las instalaciones al bloquear los accesos a diferentes áereas de servicio, incluyento salas de visita, comedores y tribunales, declaró un portavoz de ICE. Read more about Transfieren a 47 mujeres detenidas por inmigración que se rebelaron contra ICE

Feb 29, 2020
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El Diario

Transfieren a 47 mujeres detenidas por inmigración que se rebelaron contra ICE

Decenas de mujeres que esta semana se rebelaron en contra de la Oficina para el Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) por las condiciones de reclusión en un centro de detención para inmigrantes de Texas fueron transferidas a otra cárcel dentro del mismo estado.

El pasado lunes 24 de febrero un grupo de aproximadamente 80 mujeres detenidas por ICE participaron en un plantón al interior de la cárcel T. Don Hutto de TaylorTexas, para protestar por el trato inhumano que reciben y la falta de atención médica.

Tres días después, el jueves 27 de febrero, 47 de las manifestantes fueron enviadas a otra cárcel en Laredo, a unas 280 millas al sur, en el mismo estado de Texas.

Las acciones de las manifestantes pusieron en riesgo los protocolos de seguridad de las instalaciones al bloquear los accesos a diferentes áereas de servicio, incluyento salas de visita, comedores y tribunales, declaró un portavoz de ICE. Read more about Transfieren a 47 mujeres detenidas por inmigración que se rebelaron contra ICE

Feb 28, 2020
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Documented

Early Arrival: Court Sides with Trump Over Withholding Sanctuary City Funds

The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars from law enforcement agencies in states and cities — including New York — that resist assisting the federal government in immigration enforcement, a federal appeals court ruled. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan found that the Trump administration is allowed to impose conditions on the release of the federal funding, which comes in the form of grants. Three other appeals courts previously sided with a lower court’s ruling that it was unlawful for the White House to tie the grant money to cooperation with federal authorities.

Justice Department officials celebrated their victory. “Today’s decision rightfully recognizes the lawful authority of the attorney general to ensure that Department of Justice grant recipients are not at the same time thwarting federal law enforcement priorities,” Alexei Woltornist, a Justice Department spokesman, said. The ruling comes as the Trump administration continues totarget New York and New Jersey for both states’ resistance to assisting the federal government’s immigration enforcement efforts. 

“President Trump’s latest retaliation against his hometown takes away security funding from the number one terrorist target in America, all because we refuse to play by his arbitrary rules,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City said in a statement. New York City received about $4 million per year through the funding the administration is attempting to withhold. The states involved in the New York case may be able to request a review of the ruling from the full Second Circuit or Supreme Court. The New York Times

Local

Advocates Sue ICE Over Sanctuary Fines

In the summer of 2019, multiple women living in sanctuary received notice that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was intending to seek hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines from each of them. Immigrant rights groups sued ICE on Wednesday seeking answers about how and why the Trump administration levied six-figure fines against sanctuary leaders. The notices were abruptly withdrawn after national uproar, but they were re-issued several months later. The lawsuit was filed by Austin Sanctuary Network, Free Migration Project, Grassroots Leadership and the Center for Constitutional Rights in the Southern District of New York. The Haitian Times Read more about Early Arrival: Court Sides with Trump Over Withholding Sanctuary City Funds

Feb 28, 2020
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Austin-American Statesman

Official: ICE transfers 47 immigrants after protest at Taylor detention center

ROUND ROCK U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has transferred 47 immigrant women who were part of a “sit-down” protest Monday inside a detention facility in Taylor, an ICE official said.

The women were transferred to the Laredo Detention Center, said Richard Rocha, an ICE spokesman, in an email Thursday.

The women were part of a group of 80 female detainees protesting at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Rocha said.

“The detainees told facility staff they would continue their protest until they were released from custody; however, those actions compromised security protocols at the facility and blocked access to services including visitation, court and the dining area,” Rocha said.

Staff told the women who did not comply with requests to stop the protest that they might be transferred, he said. Read more about Official: ICE transfers 47 immigrants after protest at Taylor detention center

Feb 27, 2020
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Haitian Times

Immigrant Rights Groups Sue ICE

NEW YORK –  A collective of immigrant rights groups has a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking answers about how the Trump administration decided to target sanctuary leaders with six-figure fines. 

In the summer of 2019, a number of high-profile activists in sanctuary—all women who fled persecution in their countries of origin—were notified of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s intent to seek hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines from each of them. 

These notices were abruptly withdrawn, only to be re-issued several months later. The Freedom Of Information Act sought documents concerning this unprecedented spate of civil fines against people who have chosen to take sanctuary while pursuing their legal remedies to remain in the U.S.

“It is so painful to have to continue to endure attacks from ICE when all I want is to be free. These fines couldn’t have been anything other than retaliation for the love and support that I have received from my community here in Austin, TX,” said Hilda Ramirez, an activist and leader of Austin Sanctuary Network who has lived in sanctuary in an Austin, Texas church since 2016. “Behind closed doors, ICE officials have admitted they are targeting me for political reasons, but then they deny it publicly. It is time that ICE tells us exactly why they are targeting me and other women who are in sanctuary,” continued Ramirez.  Ramirez was one of a handful of sanctuary leaders who received such an “intent to fine” notice in 2019. Read more about Immigrant Rights Groups Sue ICE

Feb 27, 2020
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Chicago Tribune

Demandan al gobierno de EEUU por multas millonarias contra indocumentados en ‘santuarios’

Nueva York, Estados Unidos —Una demanda contra el gobierno Trump que busca frenar millonarias multas contra ocho mujeres indocumentadas que se refugiaron en iglesias para no ser deportadas, algunas con sus hijos, fue presentada este miércoles en una corte federal de Nueva York.

La demanda de un puñado de organizaciones de defensa de los inmigrantes, a la cual accedió la AFP, acusa a la policía migratoria (ICE) y al departamento del Tesoro de querer imponer a estas mujeres multas "excesivas" e "inconstitucionales", y exige acceso a información gubernamental al respecto.

"Es muy injusto que esta administración nos esté multando por esta cantidad de dinero que no tenemos. Están buscando la forma de intimidarnos", dijo en una teleconferencia de prensa la mexicana Edith Espinal, refugiada en una iglesia de Columbus, Ohio, desde 2017, quien recibió en el verano boreal una carta del gobierno amenazándola con una multa de casi 500.000 dólares. Read more about Demandan al gobierno de EEUU por multas millonarias contra indocumentados en ‘santuarios’

Feb 27, 2020
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South Florida Sun Sentinel

Demandan al gobierno de EEUU por multas millonarias contra indocumentados en ‘santuarios’

Nueva York, Estados Unidos —Una demanda contra el gobierno Trump que busca frenar millonarias multas contra ocho mujeres indocumentadas que se refugiaron en iglesias para no ser deportadas, algunas con sus hijos, fue presentada este miércoles en una corte federal de Nueva York.

La demanda de un puñado de organizaciones de defensa de los inmigrantes, a la cual accedió la AFP, acusa a la policía migratoria (ICE) y al departamento del Tesoro de querer imponer a estas mujeres multas "excesivas" e "inconstitucionales", y exige acceso a información gubernamental al respecto.

"Es muy injusto que esta administración nos esté multando por esta cantidad de dinero que no tenemos. Están buscando la forma de intimidarnos", dijo en una teleconferencia de prensa la mexicana Edith Espinal, refugiada en una iglesia de Columbus, Ohio, desde 2017, quien recibió en el verano boreal una carta del gobierno amenazándola con una multa de casi 500.000 dólares. Read more about Demandan al gobierno de EEUU por multas millonarias contra indocumentados en ‘santuarios’

Feb 26, 2020
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Prism

Immigration advocates demand information regarding ICE's massive fines

Four organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday against federal officials who have levied unprecedented six-figure fines against asylum-seeking women in sanctuary churches nationwide, and subsequently refused to provide information that explains why.

Amid an ongoing week of action led by a collective of immigrants in sanctuary across the U.S., Austin Sanctuary Network, Free Migration Project, Grassroots Leadership, and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed the federal lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Executive Office for Immigration Review in the Southern District of New York. According to the advocates, these federal agencies have failed to produce any documents in response to their September 2019 Freedom of Information Act request. Read more about Immigration advocates demand information regarding ICE's massive fines

Feb 26, 2020
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Newsweek Mexico

ICE enfrenta demanda por imponer multas millonarias a ocho mujeres migrantes

Una demanda contra el gobierno Trump que busca frenar millonarias multas contra ocho mujeres indocumentadas que se refugiaron en iglesias para no ser deportadas, algunas con sus hijos, fue presentada este miércoles en una corte federal de Nueva York. La demanda de un puñado de organizaciones de defensa de los inmigrantes, a la cual accedió la AFP, acusa a la policía migratoria (ICE) y al departamento del Tesoro de querer imponer a estas mujeres multas “excesivas” e “inconstitucionales”, y exige acceso a información gubernamental al respecto. “Es muy injusto que esta administración nos esté multando por esta cantidad de dinero que no tenemos. Están buscando la forma de intimidarnos”, dijo en una teleconferencia de prensa la mexicana Edith Espinal, refugiada en una iglesia de Columbus, Ohio, desde 2017, quien recibió en el verano boreal una carta del gobierno amenazándola con una multa de casi 500,000 dólares. Las notificaciones fueron retiradas sin explicación, pero se volvieron a emitir varios meses después.
  Read more about ICE enfrenta demanda por imponer multas millonarias a ocho mujeres migrantes

Feb 26, 2020
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Latino Rebels

Immigrant Rights Groups Sue ICE for Immediate Release of Information Concerning the Continuing Retaliation Against Immigrants in Sanctuary

February 26, 2020, NEW YORK — Amid a week of action lead by a collective of immigrants taking sanctuary across the U.S., Austin Sanctuary Network, Free Migration Project, Grassroots Leadership, and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking answers about how the Trump administration decided to target sanctuary leaders with six-figure fines.

In the summer of 2019, a number of high-profile activists in sanctuary —all women who fled persecution in their countries of origin— were notified of ICE’s intent to seek hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines from each of them. These notices were abruptly withdrawn, only to be re-issued several months later. The FOIA sought documents concerning this unprecedented spate of civil fines against people who have chosen to take sanctuary while pursuing their legal remedies to remain in the U.S.

“It is so painful to have to continue to endure attacks from ICE when all I want is to be free. These fines couldn’t have been anything other than retaliation for the love and support that I have received from my community here in Austin, TX,” said Hilda Ramirez, an activist and leader of Austin Sanctuary Network who has lived in sanctuary in an Austin, Texas church since 2016. “Behind closed doors, ICE officials have admitted they are targeting me for political reasons, but then they deny it publicly. It is time that ICE tells us exactly why they are targeting me and other women who are in sanctuary,” continued Ramirez.  Ramirez was one of a handful of sanctuary leaders who received such an “intent to fine” notice in 2019. Read more about Immigrant Rights Groups Sue ICE for Immediate Release of Information Concerning the Continuing Retaliation Against Immigrants in Sanctuary

Feb 26, 2020
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El Economista

Mujeres indocumentadas demandan a gobierno de EU

Nueva York. Una demanda contra el gobierno de Trump que busca frenar millonarias multas contra ocho mujeres indocumentadas que se refugiaron en iglesias para no ser deportadas, algunas con sus hijos, fue presentada este miércoles en una corte federal de Nueva York.

La demanda de un puñado de organizaciones de defensa de los inmigrantes acusa al Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE) y al departamento del Tesoro de querer imponer a estas mujeres multas “excesivas” e “inconstitucionales”, y exige acceso a información gubernamental al respecto

“Es muy injusto que esta administración nos esté multando por esta cantidad de dinero que no tenemos. Están buscando la forma de intimidarnos”, dijo en una teleconferencia de prensa la mexicana Edith Espinal, refugiada en una iglesia de Columbus, Ohio, desde el 2017, quien recibió en el verano boreal una carta del gobierno amenazándola con una multa de casi 500,000 dólares. Read more about Mujeres indocumentadas demandan a gobierno de EU

Feb 26, 2020
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Colorlines

Advocates Sue ICE for Targeting Sanctuary Leaders With Retaliatory Fines

Immigrant rights groups don’t want the Trump administration to continue targeting sanctuary activists—all of whom are women—with excessive, six-figure fines. Austin Sanctuary Network (ASN), Free Migration Project (FMP), Grassroots Leadership and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a lawsuit on February 26 against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), the U.S. Department of the Treasury (DOT), and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in the Southern District of New York, according to a group emailed statement from the organizations.  

Advocates are demanding access to documents outlining how and why the government is imposing outrageous fees on activists, especially because they appear to be retaliatory in nature, says the emailed statement. “The need for this information is extremely urgent, as massive fines in the hundreds of thousands of dollars have been levied against several women in sanctuary who have spoken out against these fines and U.S. immigration policy,” CCR said in another statement posted in their web site.  Read more about Advocates Sue ICE for Targeting Sanctuary Leaders With Retaliatory Fines

Feb 21, 2020
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The Appeal

Study finds stark racial disparities for low-level drug offenses in Travis County, Texas

A coalition of criminal justice reform groups has found significant racial disparities in arrests and incarceration rates for people in possession of a gram or less of controlled substances in Travis County, Texas. A new report on the findings comes as the county’s largest police department, in Austin, faces accusations of institutional racism and overzealous policing of people for drug use, even in cases where both the City Council and the county prosecutor have said they will not prosecute.

The report, released Tuesday by four Texas-based organizations, shows a sharp uptick in the overall number of drug arrests across the county. “Between 2013 and 2017, the number of low-level Possession of a Controlled Substance (POCS) cases in Travis County increased by 43 percent,” while the county’s courts experienced a 67 percent increase in new felony drug possession cases, the report states. Travis County stands out from the rest of the state, with an increase in drug possession cases that was 2.5 times higher than other Texas courts. Read more about Study finds stark racial disparities for low-level drug offenses in Travis County, Texas

Feb 19, 2020
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The Appeal

What Kim Ogg gets wrong about work, poverty, and crime

At a community conversation held in Houston’s Third Ward last summer, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said she wants to send a message: “Put down your gun and pick up an employment application.” The video received hundreds of comments after activist Shaun King posted it on Facebook. Many responses focused on how her remarks seemed tone deaf from a prosecutor who was elected to bring fairness and equity to Harris County’s criminal legal system.

“The idea of just putting the guns down and picking up a job application sounds innocent, but it’s one of the long-living white supremacist ideas that completely ignores the many barriers put in place for POC [people of color], especially those with backgrounds that her office unnecessarily charges,” Monique Joseph, a field organizer with Texas Advocates for Justice, told The Appeal in a text message. ”Her comment is ultimately condescending and feeds into the stereotype that Black men don’t want to work and, therefore, deserve to be treated harshly by the system.” Read more about What Kim Ogg gets wrong about work, poverty, and crime

Feb 19, 2020
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KXAN

Travis County told to ‘do better’ and invest in drug treatment over arrests, report says

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Authorities must take a different approach towards addressing drug use in Travis County, according to the authors of a newly released report.

Earlier this month, the four criminal justice groups involved in a study into drug possession arrests revealed some of their findings.

They found that black residents of Travis County are disproportionately harmed – despite making up just 9% of the population, black people accounted for 29.4% of drug possession arrests between June 2017 and May 2018.

Now, the four organizations involved in the study – the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Texas Harm Reduction Alliance, Grassroots Leadership, and the Civil Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law – have released the full report.

Of the arrests analyzed, about half arose from motor vehicle stops, typically for minor traffic violations. Read more about Travis County told to ‘do better’ and invest in drug treatment over arrests, report says

Feb 18, 2020
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KUT

Low-Level Drug Possession Arrests Are Hurting Travis County, Report Finds

Low-level drug possession arrests are ineffective and harmful to people who need community-based help, rather than jail time, a new report concludes.

The report, released Tuesday by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Grassroots Leadership, the Texas Harm Reduction Alliance and the UT Law Civil Rights Clinic, analyzed Travis County data that found people of color are disproportionately arrested for these kinds of crimes.

Though black people made up less than 9% of Travis County's population between 2017-2018, for example, they accounted for almost 30% of possession arrests made during that time. Read more about Low-Level Drug Possession Arrests Are Hurting Travis County, Report Finds

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