WHAT: Rally and March to Abolish ICE is the 8th stop in the national “Chinga La Migra” (Abolish ICE) campaign led by Mijente. The rally will focus on Travis County’s role in deportations and criminalization of immigrant and US-born communities of color.
WHO: Grassroots Leadership, Mijente, ICE out of Austin
WHEN: Friday, September 21 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: March begins at the Travis County Jail (500 W 10th St, Austin, TX 78701) and ends at the Austin Federal Courthouse (501 W 5th St Austin TX 78701)
AUSTIN — Since the implementation of SB4 in March 2018, hundreds of undocumented central Texas residents have been deported from Travis County Jail, under the watch of Sheriff Sally Hernandez. Texas’ “show me your papers” SB4 law states that local government may not limit assistance or cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
However, cities and counties across Texas can create policies and procedures to ensure the rights of all community members are protected, that all people regardless of status have due process, and that the needs of the community are met before providing resources to federal agencies.
“Grassroots Leadership and ICE Out Of Austin have tried to meet with Sheriff Hernandez to discuss our concerns of I.C.E’s daily and unaccountable access to our county jails, and have not been met a response that the urgency of the crisis demands,” said Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership.
Every day, families and community members encounter hurdles when trying to defend their loved ones from deportation when they are in the Travis County Jail. “We are calling on Sheriff Sally Hernandez to meet and to commit to exercising the power she has to mitigate the arrest-to-deportation pipeline from Travis County jails,” said Rebecca Sanchez, ICE out of Austin organizer.
“Chinga La Migra” Tour is a Project of Mijente. Mijente is a digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx movement building and organizing that seeks to increase the profile of policy issues that matter to our communities and increase the participation of Latinx and Chicanx people in the broader movements for racial, economic, climate and gender justice.
Grassroots Leadership is an Austin, Texas-based national organization that works for a more just society where prison profiteering, mass incarceration, deportation, and criminalization are things of the past. Follow us @Grassroots_News.