Austin, TX -- “The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants..., according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.” [AP, February 17, 2017]
“The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement… Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas… Governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo, written by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general.”
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Texas children are living in fear of being ripped apart from their parents.
“Immigration raids on everyday families have begun, Trump Republicans in the Texas Legislature has fast tracked legislation to forcibly turn neighborhood police officers into immigration agents, and now the Trump Administration is drafting plans to militarize immigration enforcement.
“Governor Abbott, silence is complicit. You must tell Texas families right now that the State of Texas will not allow its National Guard Troops to be drafted into Trump’s Mass Deportation Force. This is a time for patriots who believe in the values this country was founded on to remember who we are and protect our families.”
Texas Democrat Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez focuses on local crime and increased community trust by ending 287(g)
“People understand that we first should focus on local priorities… We were spending over 675K staffing (287(g)), we can now redeploy those resources to fight local public safety issues” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez [MSNBC, February 2017]
Texas Democrats on Trump’s Mass Deportation Orders
A mere traffic offense could rip parents away from their children if Trump Republicans get their way. This does nothing to fix a broken immigration system. Texas families know this is a nightmare not the American Dream we have all fought for.
AP: Trump Drafting Plans for Deportation Force/ Texas Democrats call on Governor Abbott to act.
Governor Abbott, silence is complicit. You must tell Texas families right now that the State of Texas will not allow its National Guard Troops to be drafted into Trump’s Mass Deportation Force.