86R23650 BPG-D
  By: Rodriguez H.R. No. 1237
         WHEREAS, Members of the Austin Sanctuary Network have
  demonstrated tremendous dedication to the well-being of vulnerable
  asylum seekers; and
         WHEREAS, Founded in 2015, ASN is a coalition of faith
  communities, immigrants, and others committed to sheltering and
  assisting immigrants and asylum seekers who have fled dangerous and
  deadly conditions in their countries of origin; the network upholds
  the time-honored tradition of offering safe haven in places of
  worship as it stands in solidarity with undocumented immigrants who
  are being detained unjustly and denied asylum status; and
         WHEREAS, ASN strives to create a community to provide
  physical sanctuary for immigrants who have exhausted their legal
  options and face deportation; congregations offering sanctuary
  supply shelter, needed food, clothing, and legal, medical, and
  educational assistance; and
         WHEREAS, Since late 2016, as Immigration and Customs
  Enforcement has become more aggressive in pursuing undocumented
  immigrants, ASN has broadened its scope in order to protect human
  rights; it has embraced asylum seekers Alirio Gamez, Hilda Ramirez,
  and Ivan Ramirez as members of the community, supporting them as
  they live in sanctuary at two local churches; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Gamez escaped violence and death threats in El
  Salvador, and in September 2017, he received sanctuary at First
  Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin; Ms. Ramirez and her young
  son, Ivan, fled violence in Guatemala, and they have been residing
  at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church for nearly three years; the
  lives of all three are at risk if they are sent back to their
  countries of origin; previously, they were determined to be a
  low-level priority for deportation and were granted temporary
  stays, and ICE is vested with the discretion to decline to pursue
  enforcement or to further defer action, given that the interest
  served is not substantial or is outweighed by other considerations;
         WHEREAS, Alirio Gamez, Hilda Ramirez, and Ivan Ramirez are
  seeking asylum in this country, as is their legal right, and the
  Austin Sanctuary Network is working with faith and compassion to
  help these brave members of the faith community realize their
  dreams of living in safety and freedom and making positive
  contributions to our society; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize the Austin Sanctuary Network for its
  efforts in behalf of asylum seekers Alirio Gamez, Hilda Ramirez,
  and Ivan Ramirez and commend the members of the network for their
  humanitarian work; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for ASN as an expression of high regard by the Texas House
  of Representatives.