The situation has not abated and according to Irving ISD has prompted the withdrawal of 90 children from Irving schools. Whether the threat is real or not, the fear sure is.
Speaking of whether it's real or not (story):
In a meeting held Wednesday, a group of Hispanic pastors said the Irving city manager told them 300 of the 1,600 deported individuals were only stopped for traffic violations.
300 people taken to jail for traffic violations? I'm really not sure if that figure is too high or not for 10 months' time. It sounds too high, but it's still too early to accuse anybody without knowing whether the proportion of Hispanics taken to jail for traffic violations was higher than that of any other racial or ethnic group. Generally though, even if you're driving without a license the police don't take you to jail. There's usually little interest in hauling people in for a civil offense like driving without a license or running a red light or speeding. So I'd have to say it seems a bit suspicious.
I'd like to say that the City Manager will be fair and impartial no matter what the council wants. The City Manager is a man named Tommy Gonzalez, and while he does work for the City, he's not elected so he doen't have to worry about what the voters think. And given that there are a lot of older white folk in Irving, that's saying quite a bit.
Never fear though, the Hispanic community of Dallas will respond. Lest you think the fireworks are over, leaders in the community are only now starting to really get together and make plans.
Garcia says he plans in the coming days to demand an injunction halting the national Criminal Alien Program that allows police to hand illegal immigrants over to federal authorities.
“We gotta get our evidence together,” Garcia says. “We’ve had six or seven people -- legal U.S. residents or citizens -- who have come forward and said they’ve been asked for their immigration status.”
Expect more fireworks to go off soon. I never thought I would say this, but it sure is an interesting time to live in Irving.