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Immigration Law

Will Travis County (Austin, TX) Be Sued For Participating in ICE Immigration Holds?

"Barbara Hines, co-director of UT-Austin’s Immigration Clinic, is one of the dozens of attorneys who delivered a letter to Travis County Commissioners warning they may be sued for participating in Secure Communities.  "An ICE detainer is not a warrant, an ICE detainer is not an order from an immigration judge, it’s an administrative piece of paper,” Hines says.  But those detainers keep people behind bars while authorities investigate their immigration status and launch deportation proceedings.  Denise Gilman, also with UT’s Immigration Clinic, says many of the detained have not committed any crimes." - KUT, May 9, 2014.