Days after Donald Trump was elected president, the mayor of this unabashedly liberal Texas capital reassured the vast majority of immigrants here illegally that he would try to keep the city a safe haven for them.
“Austin will not waver,” Mayor Steve Adler told a crowd of hundreds who gathered outside City Hall for a pro-immigrant rally. “… In Austin, we do things our way and we will not stop.”
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Sally Hernandez, the new sheriff in Travis County, where Austin is located, announced the day Trump was inaugurated that she would not voluntarily comply with federal requests to detain people solely on the basis of their immigration status.
That spirit of defiance has spread across the city as activists, civic leaders and other public officials have joined the rebellion, setting up a spectacular showdown with the Republican governor and state Legislature.
Gov. Greg Abbott stripped the county of $1.5 million in
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