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NDLON Files Formal Request to DHS to Halt Deportations

Contact: B. Loewe, NDLON, 773.791.4668, bloewe{at}ndlon.org Petition Filers Seek Rule Change from DHS to Suspend Deportations, Agency Required to Respond The “Si Se Puede” Filing Provides Authoritative Legal Evidence of Obama Administration’s Ability to Expand Deferred Action, Grant Relief to Future Beneficiaries of Immigration Reform The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and a group…

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Protestors form human chain to block deportations

Immigrant rights supporters in Austin locked themselves arm-in-arm, mind 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 Se 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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Arrests During Protest of Travis County Deportation Program – keyetv.com Austin News, Weather, Traffic KEYE-TV Austin – Top Stories

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Arrests During Protest of Travis County Deportation Program - keyetv.com Austin News, Weather, Traffic KEYE-TV Austin - Top Stories Updated: Monday, February 3 2014, 01:15 PM CST

Six people are arrested this morning in Downtown Austin, protesting what they call unfair and damaging deportations.

They chained themselves together in front of the Travis County Jail exit where undocumented immigrants are transported for deportation.

They’re protesting Se Communities, or S-Comm as it’s also known, rounds up undocumented immigrants who have committed minor offenses, and deports them. The protesters say this is a violation of human rights, separating them from their families who are here in the U.S.

The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it deports 19 immigrants per week on average.

The Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition says this practice diverts time and financial resources of local police departments, when it says police should be addressing “real dangerous crime.” The organization cites a 2013 report from the Texas Commission on jail standards, that shows it costs $106.05 each day dealing with detained undocumented immigrants under the S-Comm program.

The protesters say larger cities have denounced S-Comm, saying it destroys public trust, and they’re asking Travis County to do the same. Last week Immigrant rights advocates met with Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton to make the request, and he rejected it.

Arrests Made During Protest of Travis County Deportation Program

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President Obama urged to halt deportations for now

President Barack Obama is expected to renew his push for immigration reform during his State of the Union address tonight, but a group of more than 30 House Democrats led by Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona say that isn’t enough. They want him to use his executive powers to suspend deportations until Congress passes immigration legislation. The la…

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Fixing Immigration, in Principle – NYTimes.com

THE DEPORTER IN CHIEF As we wait for a bill, which could come in months or years or never, deportations continue. The Obama administration has expelled nearly two million people, breaking up thousands of the families President Obama has repeatedly promised to protect. If Congress fails, will he protect them through his own administrative action,…

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NDLON Responds to GOP Immigration Principles

For immediate release // excuse cross-postingContact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668 bloewe{at}ndlon.org In response to the GOP’s principles on immigration released today, Chris Newman, legal director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: “We are concerned the nativists within the Republican party now control the the whip hand on the immigration reform debate.…

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