Protestors form human chain to block deportations

Immigrant rights supporters in Austin locked themselves arm-in-arm, forming a chain in front of the Travis County Jail Monday morning to stop the deportation of illegal immigrants.

The protestors are blocking the exit authorities used to transfer captured illegal immigrants to the Federal Building where they are held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Secure Communities program.

Six people have been arrested.

According to data from the Department of Homeland Security, the majority of immigrants deported from Travis County were not convicted of serious crimes.

A 2013 report from the Texas Commission on jail standards said the cost for holding an immigrant in the Travis County jail is $106.05 dollars per day.

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