January 25, 2018
For Immediate Release
Mike Siegel Calls for Investigation of Illegal Austin Immigration Raids
Representative Michael McCaul must immediately condemn ICE and investigate its illegal practices
In February 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) colluded to punish Austin voters for electing a sheriff who opposed large-scale deportations of non-violent criminal offenders. As the City of Austin and community organizations mobilized to oppose the raids and Senate Bill 4, ICE conducted widespread arrests.
ICE originally reported arresting 51 individuals in the attack. We now know that this was a lie, intended to diminish the scope of the actual attack. ICE now admits that they arrested at least 132 individuals.
An ICE official admitted in open court in front of a United States Magistrate Judge that these arrests were retaliation for the voters’ election of Sheriff Sally Hernandez, and for her implementation of humane policies that allow families to stay together except in instances of serious and violent crimes. These raids terrorized Austin communities and caused widespread harm to hundreds of American families.
“Through the Senate Bill 4 litigation, I worked with attorneys across Texas to show how these raids caused students to miss school, patients to miss medical appointments, and businesses to leave our state,” said congressional candidate Mike Siegel. “I am concerned that our elected District 10 Representative, Michael McCaul, is complicit in these retaliatory raids. And I believe that in his position as Homeland Security Committee Chairman, he must have known about the true scale of these attacks. If he did in fact participate in this cover-up, then he lied to the people of Texas and should be removed from office.”
We demand that Michael McCaul immediately condemn ICE’s attempt to cover up the scale of its retaliatory arrests in the Austin community, and explain to his constituents why this happened.
“You Can’t Buy People”
As of this year, Michael McCaul is the wealthiest person in the United States Congress. But you can’t buy people. Here’s our first campaign video.
Mike Siegel for Congress
Official Campaign Kickoff Event
Wednesday, January 10
6pm to 8pm
Brentwood Social House
1601 W. Koenig Lane
Austin, TX 78756
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December 5, 2017
For Immediate Release
Mike Siegel Announces Campaign for Congressional Seat Held by $300 Million Republican
Leading attorney against Senate Bill 4 promises to fight for immediate reversal of “Tax Scam”
Drawing inspiration from recent Democratic gains in Virginia and Oklahoma, Austin attorney Mike Siegel announced his candidacy for the 10th Congressional District of Texas, a seat currently held by seven-time incumbent Michael McCaul. “I am running to fight for Texans who are left behind by the current administration, which seems singularly focused on enriching the wealthiest Americans while taking as much as possible from the rest of us,” Siegel declared.
Siegel, who currently serves as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Austin, is best known locally for suing Governor Greg Abbott after the passage of Senate Bill No. 4, the “sanctuary city” bill that threatens to remove local officials and criminally prosecute police chiefs who protect immigrant families. Siegel has also challenged landlords who fail to maintain apartment complexes, and he recently sued the State of Texas for discriminating against renters who utilize government assistance.
“My campaign will highlight how Rep. McCaul has personally enriched himself, to the tune of several million dollars, by voting for the recent Tax Bill,” Siegel declared. “McCaul is one of the most loyal Republicans to President Trump, going so far as to say he wants to ‘build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.’ This type of leadership does nothing to benefit working Texans and our families, and we need a change.”
Siegel’s prior experience includes several years as a public school teacher and union representative; several years running nonprofit education agencies providing free after-school and summer programs; and a prior legal practice representing whistleblowers and victims of discrimination.
Siegel will file his candidacy with the Texas Democratic Party at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5th.
Endorsements for Mike Siegel
- Liberal Austin Democrats
- Area 5 Democrats
- Stonewall Democrats - Austin
- Gregorio Casar, Austin City Council
- Sabino “Pio” Renteria, Austin City Council
- Capital Area Progressive Democrats
- AFSCME Local 1624
- UNITE HERE, Local 23
- Austin Central Labor Council
Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation
Mike Siegel with his wife Hindatu and their children Malik and Hamza.