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 […]

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. […]

“Power yields nothing without a demand”: Organize

“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle there is no progress. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and […]

How to obtain bond for a refugee or immigrant detained in Karnes City

ICE and GEO, a private, for-profit corporation, are currently holding 500 refugee women and children against their will in a jail (“residential center”) in Karnes County, about two hours southeast of Austin, or about an hour east of San Antonio. The facility held men until this summer, when it was converted to a “family” “residential” […]

Photograph that reads ICE/IMMIGRATION COURT WITH AN ARROW POINTING TO ENTRANCE

“Due process” for immigrants who are “detained”

I have the sickening feeling that very few people understand what “due process” translates into when we are talking about immigrants who are “detained” (locked up, imprisoned, incarcerated) in ICE “detention facilities” (jails, prisons). I’ve added a page to this website with a little bit of information. Where I link to a different page — […]

Black and white drawing of three children by artist and activist Rini Templeton. Read about her at riniart.org.

Volunteer to assist refugee and immigrant children with legal advocacy

In times of crisis and despair, we witness both the best and worst of people.  People read and hear about the thousands of Central American children desperate enough to make a treacherous journey to the U.S. and ask, “How can I help?”  If you are able to volunteer or donate funds, you may want to […]

Consuelo Méndez Middle School in SE Austin hosts immigration fair & forum

  What a joy to work with energetic, dedicated immigrants, advocates, and allies who organized an immigration forum and fair at Consuelo Méndez Middle School on Saturday, June 1st. Thank you to the AISD Family Resource Center staff Leonor Vargas, José Carrasco, and Lizzy Bowen; Montserrat Garibay and Education Austin; University Leadership Initiatives (ULI) organizers Juan […]

“a sense of the monstrosity of injustice”

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote in 1962 that many people favor the idea of justice in the abstract, but praise of the ideal is not nearly enough. “That justice is a good thing, a fine goal, even a supreme ideal, is commonly accepted. What is lacking is a sense of the monstrosity of injustice…Justice..is not […]