Immigration Reform Activists Arrested During Protest

Travis County sheriff’s deputies on Monday saw firsthand what immigration-reform activists hope will be a series of civil disobedience protests across Texas.

As part of a publicity campaign, a group of six activists blocked the exit gate at the Travis County Jail. They were arrested and will likely be charged with criminal trespass. The protesters hope the actions will prompt county officials to reconsider a controversial finger-printing initiative opponents say deports nonviolent undocumented immigrants.

Under the Secure Communities program, administered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officers compare the fingerprints of people they arrest to a federal database to determine ...

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