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A Texas tale: Judge Austin of Austin

March 21, 2017

I could grab a paragraph like the following 10, 20, 50 times a day from every newspaper, website, & magazine. Imagine! Every single one of these stories should be the biggest news of the month, but most will whiz by without a breath of notice.

From Texas Monthly magazine's daily newsletter:
Remember when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rounded up about 50 people over the span of a few days in Austin last month, and publicly characterized the raids as simply “routine” enforcement actions? Well, turns out the raids were not “routine.” Instead, Austin was targeted as retribution for the Travis County Sheriff’s sanctuary policies. On Monday, Austin U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin said in court that he and another magistrate judge were briefed by ICE shortly before the raids, and they were told by ICE to expect a “big operation,” a “specific operation,” and that “it was the result of the sheriff’s new policy that this was going to happen,” Austin said, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Austin was questioning an ICE agent in court when he revealed this nugget, and the ICE agent confirmed that what he said was true.