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The local response (so far) to the ICE raids

This is good.

Houston’s top elected and law-enforcement officials sharply criticized federal authorities’ plans to arrest large numbers of immigrant families living without legal permission in major U.S. cities, contending that the raids targeting groups of recent arrivals would harm public safety and risk separating children from their parents.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Police Chief Art Acevedo took to nationally broadcast programs to weigh in against the raids, which are set to begin as early as Sunday in at least 10 cities, including Houston. Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement appear likely to target immigrants who recently crossed the border and have been issued a final order of deportation.

“It’s one thing if the focus of these raids is on people with criminal records, people who have committed violent crimes, people who are part of gangs,” Turner said earlier this week on NPR’s All Things Considered.

The raids should not aim to deport people “who have been here for quite some time,” Turner continued, if “their crime is only coming here to seek a better way of living or to provide a better opportunity for their families.”

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Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said his office would not participate in the raids, arguing that local involvement would “drive undocumented families further into the shadows” and damage community safety.

“It silences witnesses & victims & (would) further worsen the challenges law enforcement officials face,” Gonzalez, a Democrat, said in a tweet.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a statement containing information about the legal rights that people retain when interacting with ICE agents, such as their right to not answer the door if the agents do not present a warrant.

“These raids seek to subvert our sense of community by putting the very heart of Harris County, our diversity, in the cross-hairs of a shameful political maneuver,” said Hidalgo, a Democrat elected last year.

Turner issued a fresh statement Saturday saying the city would continue to offer services to all residents “regardless of who they are, where they are from, or their documentation status.” ICE had yet to contact the city about the raids, the mayor added.

“The president’s order for concentrated ICE raids against immigrant families in Houston and elsewhere stands against everything we represent as a welcoming city,” Turner said.

This is also good.

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee met with faith leaders in Houston on Saturday to invite undocumented immigrants to seek refuge in churches, mosques and synagogues and call on religious organizations to open their doors ahead of Sunday’s anticipated deportation roundup by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

“It is to my dismay that I have to come home to find many of those who live in my jurisdiction, my constituency, are panicked, frightened and in fear of their lives,” said Jackson Lee, a Houston Democrat. “I say to the federal authorities: that you are well aware and on notice that you are not able to come into a church and demand anyone that is a representative of the faith to give anyone to anyone.”

Jackson Lee gathered with faith and local leaders Saturday afternoon at the Living Water International Apolistic Ministries in Houston. The ministry, along with half a dozen other churches, announced it would shelter undocumented immigrants on Sunday who fear they are in danger of being taken by ICE.

“We want to be a beacon of light for those who may be in fear. So when I got the call, I couldn’t do anything but accept,” said Apostle Robert Stearns, leader of Living Water. “There is nothing strange to us in doing this. This is our heart and our passion.”

It’s a good start. Now we need to be ready for whatever the response to this is.

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24 Comments

  1. Manny says:

    Some times Bill is right but for the wrong reasons. That leads to a philosophical problem, do the means justify the end. It is expect that they will round up 2,000 people in the country. They may arrest several hundred here in the Houston area, but all this talk is accomplishing what Trump wants, meat for his racist base.

    While everyone in my family voted against Trump/and the Republicans in 2018 it does not mean that we did so because of the people that arrive and stay here illegally. In fact one my brother in laws is in construction and he does not like the cheap labor competition, I don’t blame him.

    Some of my uncles were in Farmer Workers Union and they know how they used Mexicans to bust their strikes. One of my uncles had the distinction of being arrested the most often during the strikes. I know that they did not care for people that are here illegally. I have not asked those still alive how they feel about them, but I do know that the family that I do have that still lives within a mile of the Rio Grande river is tired of seeing them cross their lands.

    Don’t make immigration a bigger deal than it is and provide meat for Trump and his racists followers.

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    The NYPD union has the huevos to stand up to their sanctuary city leaders. They are encouraging their members to backstop ICE agents if they need help. Where is the HPOA? Gamaldi stil busy making his lists?

    Actual letter from the NYPD SBA:

    https://cdn01.dailycaller.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/ice-enforcement-letter.pdf

  3. Jason Hochman says:

    These righteous elected and law enforcement officials are full of apple sauce. yes President Trump relied on racists during his campaign, and he does lie, habitually, often for no reason. But this outcry, from segregationists like Mayor Turner, and Chief Acevedo, who leads a police force that labels everything a “civil matter,” except when they use false evidence to murder people and dogs; is a lot of shameful political maneuvering, to quote the Judge.

    This is nothing new. Fortunately during the Democrat debates Karmalla Harris told Joe Biden that he was Veep for the “Deporter in Chief.” Nobody has ever criticized Obama for his mass deportations, his detention centers, and his breaking up families. They gave him a Peace Prize for it.

    Bill Clinton laid the first brick of the border wall when he signed “Operation Hold the Line,” and he tightened border security and increased border patrols. Clinton also banned federal contracting with companies that hired undocumented workers. This continued under George W. Bush, and really kicked into a higher gear after 9/11.

    Those expected to be swept up during the current raids are those who received their orders to leave and had their days in court. The outcry from Turner is the worst. As the Bible says, remove the beam from your eye before removing the splinter from your neighbor’s eye. Turner was convicted of segregation by HUD, yet nobody has said a thing about it locally. I hate racism. I hate segregation. If I decide to run and in the unlikely event that I would win, my first act on city council would be to impeach Mayor Turner, should he be re-elected. I hate racism. I hate segregation

  4. Manny says:

    Jason, I like how you end your mildly racist rant with a bible verse, what is it with all you fake Christians?

    Obviously you are using the other method loved by the Trump lovers and supporters to attempt to get a point across. But you failed your history miserably like all Trump lovers with your rewrite of history. There were many who criticized Obama for his deportations.

  5. David Fagan says:

    Manny, here’s a video about someone who attended kkk rallies:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORp3q1Oaezw

    Somewhere around the 18 minute mark he makes a great point.

  6. David Fagan says:

    Here’s another one about listening:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WMuzhQXJoY

  7. Manny says:

    David I have no idea what you are attempting to prove as your conclusions are quite often not the same ones I would reach. I don’t know who the Black man is or what his intent was for going. Not to long ago they would have hung him.

    If one supports a racist and a bigot then that person is no different.

    Trump is a racist and a bigot, one could add that he is also a criminal that has not been convicted. As Stephen King pointed out when one hangs out with people that keep getting indicted one is no different, or is it used to be stated “Birds of a feather stick together”.

  8. Jules says:

    Unlikely anyone will watch a video to see some random “great point”

  9. David Fagan says:

    I’m neither conservative republic or liberal democrat, but I’ve got the point of view that liberals are all about hearing different points of view. The second video is about a woman and her point of view on the effects of feminism and men’s rights. If people just want to run around calling people racist, and others want to mock points of view, then what’s the point of having a voice? Anyone, even first graders can run around calling people names, that’s nothing special.

  10. David Fagan says:

    I’m neither conservative republic or liberal democrat, but I’ve got the point of view that liberals are all about hearing different points of view. The second video is about a woman and her point of view on the effects of feminism and men’s rights. If people just want to run around calling people racist, and others want to mock points of view, then what’s the point of having a voice? Anyone, even first graders can run around calling people names, that’s nothing special.

  11. Jules says:

    People are busy, regardless of party affiliation. Being a liberal doesn’t mean you have time to watch random videos on youtube. The summary of the second video you give probably won’t entice many people to watch.

  12. C.L. says:

    Jason, the Nobel peace prize was awarded to Obama in 2009 for his “promotion of nuclear nonproliferation and a “new climate” in international relations, especially in reaching out to the Muslim world.” Didn’t have anything to do with ‘local’ deportations.

  13. Manny says:

    DF, How did you reach the conclusion that I was a liberal?

    Let me ask you something do you think Trump is a racist?

    Jason always mention Turner as the segregationist but never anyone else, if you read his comments closely he said Trump is a liar and relied on racist, but never that Trump is a racist or segregationist. Why is he so interested in picking on a Black Person, Turner?

    Is the Republican Party a party of racists? Can you explain why about 90% of Republicans are white? 83% if you don’t count the white Republicans that happen to have Spanish last names.

  14. David Fagan says:

    Why are you so worried about any of this? Do people really need something to fight? Go hug a racist, Manny. What do you think about why a black man attended kkk rallies?

  15. Manny says:

    Well David unlike you I am brown person who since the ugly side of white racists in my life time. Why do you hug and hang around so many racists?

    As to why do people need something to fight why are you responding, accept you are a closet racist and quit the dialog.

  16. David Fagan says:

    You haven’t even watched the videos, have you?

    Wielding the term racist and racism like a weapon doesn’t help anyone. If you can propose a true argument as to why I am who you say I am, then I’d like to hear it. It will have to be less subjective (DEFINITION of subjective: based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions) and more objective (definition of obective: not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.)

    If you are not able to do that, then, why do you feel the need to call me, or anyone, a racist? It doesn’t help anything. That’s why I’m commenting.

    P.S. you know nothing about me, and I don’t care what color your skin is.

  17. Jules says:

    Nobody is going to watch your videos.

  18. Manny says:

    So David why do love the Republicans so much? What do you think of the Russian Cheeto telling American to go back to their shit hole countries? That doesn’t bother you but you wonder why I think you are a racist? I could be wrong, but I have not seen anything to suggest that I am.

  19. Jason Hochman says:

    The videos are about listening, rather than using your preconceived ideas to interpret what someone says. Like for example, determining that everyone who disagrees with you is a racist.

  20. Manny says:

    Jason you are so typical for a Republican loving racist hating supporter of Trump.

  21. David Fagan says:

    THANK YOU MR. HOCHMAN! The woman’s movie is called The Red Pill, very good documentary.

  22. Manny says:

    From the Red Pill, “Should I be called to sit on a jury for a rape trial, I vow publicly to vote not guilty, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that the charges are true.”

    What exactly do you get from the film, David? How men, in particular white men are victims?

  23. Jason Hochman says:

    @David, some of the ideas that the woman presented are similar to Susan Faludi’s book Stiffed, which states that there needs to be a men’s movement. I heard the musician who collected the Klan robes on NPR last year. Amazing that he invited Klansmen to his house and attended Klan rallies but ultimately changed the minds of many.

    @Manny, so listening is a typical racist tactic? Then I’ll pretend I didn’t hear that.

  24. Manny says:

    Jason, your Republican tactics are useless with me, listening and reading are similar, I prefer reading and you like David and Bill are typical white Republicans that hate anything that ain’t white and usually male.