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Oct 1, 2017
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Immigrants' Rights Groups Confront Fear And Confusion After Latest 'Sanctuary Cities' Ruling

"Bob Libal, executive director of the immigrants’ rights group Grassroots Leadership, said the constant fear of being deported can have an effect on peoples’ mental health. The Austin Police Department has had a verbal policy that officers will ask about a person's immigration status only if it's pertinent to the case – for example, in a case of human trafficking. Monday’s ruling didn't change the department's procedures very much. Officers will now track when and why they ask about immigration status. Libal said the fear of interacting with anyone who resembles law enforcement can also compromise physical health. 'During the immigration raids here in February,' he says, 'we saw things like declines in attendance at school, declines in people accepting rides in ambulances.' Read more about Immigrants' Rights Groups Confront Fear And Confusion After Latest 'Sanctuary Cities' Ruling"

UPDATED: City's curfew criminalizes young people of color - it's time to end it for good

By AMISOM Public Information (Flickr)

UPDATED Sept 29, 2017: Austin City Council voted on Thursday night to end the juvenile curfew. Congrats to Texas Appleseed and all of the community members and organizations that fought for this important local victory.  Read more about UPDATED: City's curfew criminalizes young people of color - it's time to end it for good

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