Mural at Maplewood Elementary School, Austin, Texas

Victoria Rossi on the Meanings of Sanctuary

The terms “sanctuary” and “sanctuary movement” are bandied about with reverence and respect….. or disgust and fury.  As I write, Austin is experiencing ferocious retaliation from the Texas Governor, Texas Legislature, and ICE, for supposedly being a “sanctuary city.”  But what does that even mean? Victoria Rossi has written a beautiful, clear, and helpful analysis […]

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ICE & GEO breaking more laws than we knew

All children in the U.S., regardless of immigration status, are entitled to a free public education on the same basis as other kids, even if they are locked up.  But at the Karnes family detention center, the school is on the second floor, and since there’s no elevator, completely inaccessible to kids with mobility impairments. […]

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Child care licenses for ICE detention centers?

Child care centers exist to take care of children. The State of Texas requires most child care centers to be licensed, and to be licensed, they must meet certain minimal standards, set by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). ICE detention centers exist to enforce U.S. immigration law, and more specifically, to […]

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Social Justice Symposium, St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, April 4, 2016 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 30, 2016 Derechos en Crisis: Refugees,  Migrant Detention, and Authoritarian Neoliberalism February 24 – 26, 2016, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, UT Austin        

This beautiful image appears on the ACLU website with stories about Fourteenth Amendment birth citizenship.  If anyone can identify the artist, please tell me!  thank you

Undocumented Citizens: a vulnerable citizenry

Perales Serna, et al.,  v. Texas Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics Unit, et al. October 16 update: Perales Serna Order denying preliminary injunction 16 October 2015 What this means is that the Court wants to hear ALL the evidence at a full trial, rather than making a preliminary ruling while there are still […]

The "center" in Karnes is having a bit of an identity crisis...If you get a fax from there, or read some of the signs, you'll see the word "detention."  But GEO & ICE call it a "residential" center.  (Historical note:  look up "Potempkin Village") Photo by Virginia Raymond; touched up by Omar Figueredo.

Resolution to release women & children; end ICE’s no-release policy

photo by Virginia Raymond, touched up by Omar Figueredo; art by Rini Templeton Please read this resolution, sign it as yourself, and — far more importantly — take it to the groups to which you belong. Ask your group to sign and date the resolution; when you do, please send proof of adoption to releasedetainees@gmail.com. WHEREAS, […]

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The iceboxes in McAllen: personal testimony

      The idea of the iceboxes It’s a room in which there is nothing more than a toilet and some cement benches stuck to the wall. With regard to the food, it was horrible. They gave us a taquito made of an uncooked flour tortilla without any flavor with egg, and the egg […]

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Cartas de Melissa, Carmen, y Jackeline, encarceladas en Karnes City

Melissa, Carmen, and Jackeline are three sisters who, with their mother, fled El Salvador seeking refuge. Right before they left, the three girls had watched as a gang member came into their tiny home and held a gun to their mother’s head, threatening to rape and kill all four of them. They’ve been locked up […]