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Activists Rally for the Closure of Hutto Detention Center as Private Contract Rumors Swirl

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Former detainees were among those criticizing ICE's attempt to secure a 10-year private contract for the facility and two others in Texas.
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Governor Launches Camp, Backs ‘Mega-Tent’ for Austin’s Homeless, Surprising Advocates

The governor and Austin’s business community announced plans for a temporary campsite and a future “mega-tent” shelter for the city's homeless community. They’re working separately from local homeless service providers.

After a months-long campaign of smearing Austin’s homeless as violent and disease-ridden, Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday he was designating 5 acres o...Read More

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The Fear—and Hope—of Living in Sanctuary

After fleeing domestic violence in Guatemala, I’ve been living inside a Texas church for the past four years. I’m exhausted, but I won’t stop fighting.

Hilda Ramirez is an asylum-seeker from Guatemala who came to the United States in 2014 after fleeing domestic violence. Ramirez and her son, Ivan, now 13, were ...Read More

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Greg Abbott vs. Austin’s Homeless

As Texas’ governor promotes sensational stories of homeless violence and threatens a state crackdown, the people living on Austin’s streets tell a different story.

Update: On Monday, November 4, the state began clearing out homeless encampments under highways in Austin at Governor Greg Abbott’s behest. Unhoused Austinite...Read More

In this March 7, 2015 file photo, trash bags are piled within the northern fence at the Willacy County Correctional Center as clean up begins at the emptied detention facility in Raymondville, Texas. Management and Training Corp. recently purchased the detention center that was shuttered after a 2015 inmate riot left it uninhabitable. (David Pike/Valley Morning Star via AP, File) by

A Small County Bets Big on Locking Up Undocumented Immigrants

Jones County has an empty prison and a load of debt. Their solution? Dust off the old prison and fill it with undocumented migrants.

By late November, residents of Jones County, a swath of Texas plains home to some 20,000 souls, should have new neighbors: about 1,000 undocumented immigrant me...Read More

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The Consequence of Trump’s New Family Detention Rules

The Trump administration announced a new rule allowing for indefinite detention of migrant families. Game theory suggests it won’t end well.

On Wednesday morning, Trump administration officials announced a final rule that will allow the government to detain migrant children indefinitely in family det...Read More

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