Austin, Texas – The Live Music Capital of the World - has made a name for itself as a hipster, music loving quirky place. It has been recognized as one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. but now has the distinction of being the epicenter of President Donald Trump’s immigration deportation frenzy.
Several weeks ago when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sweeps were noticeably ramped up, Austin had the dubious honor of being No. 1 in the U.S. for noncriminal arrests by ICE agents.
Operation Cross Check – not sure what they were checking since documented Latinos were detained – snared nearly 700 alleged undocumented supposedly “dangerous, violent” bad hombres. Problem is in Austin most were noncriminal and those “dangerous, violent” types tended to be guilty of DUI.
Fifty-one immigrants in the Austin region were arrested including 28 that had no criminal record. In the past Austin like many other major cities would have immigration checks only during the course of an arrest. Now there’s a wild-wild west round ‘em up approach with questions asked later, if ever.
This week saw a new grab-and-ask-later tactic in Austin when suspected undocumented immigrants were being arrested at local courthouses when they would show up for scheduled court dates.
Is Trump who is known (understatement) to be thinned skinned and desperate to claim authority punishing the newly elected Sheriff Sally Hernandez, one of the first law enforcement officials to “dramatically limit cooperation with ICE,” for refusing to hold someone just on suspicion of immigration law violations?
Latinos are the majority-minority in the Austin region representing 35 percent of the population. Mayor Steve Adler had to remind them and everyone else that Austin is really an inclusive community.
But is it?
The majority of minorities live segregated on the east side of I-35 and on the other side of the I-35 are whites. Austin has a long history of inequality, some describing Austin as “the most economically segregated major metro areas” in the country.
So the question is does Austin even care about its new dubious title?
HSN Staff Writers
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