While most Americans were honoring the lives of our fallen military men and women on Monday, protesters were out in full force in Texas, fighting against the controversial Senate Bill 4 (SB4) law. This law, which was passed last month, bans sanctuary cities in the state of Texas.
Hundreds of protesters chanted in opposition to the new law, forcing House leadership to stop the session and send state troopers to clear the gallery.
Activists were seen wearing red T-shirts reading “Lucha,” or “Fight.” They quietly filled hundreds of gallery seats as proceedings began. After about 40 minutes, they began to yell, drowning out the lawmakers below.
Protesters brought signs and banners with phrases such as “See you in court” and “See you at the polls” written on them. Others chanted “Hey, hey. Ho, ho. SB-4 has got to go.”
Things got interesting when Texas Republican Rep. Matt Rinaldi told a group of Latino lawmakers that he had called Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the illegals who stormed the Texas Capitol in Austin holding signs saying “I am illegal and here to stay.”
As history has shown, Democrats aren’t big fans of following immigration law. This fact led to a physical response by Democratic State Rep. Ramon Romero.
Rep. Rinaldi responded in a statement on Facebook:
So, not only was Rinaldi assaulted, but his life was also threatened. Although there is some dispute over who threatened who first, Rinaldi claims to have witnesses to attest to his accusation.
Texas is the first state to successfully ban sanctuary cities under President Trump. Colorado passed a law in 2006 outlawing sanctuary cities, but the measure was repealed in 2013. So far, only Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee have officially passed bills into law banning ‘sanctuary policies.’ Virginia attempted two measures in the Republican-led legislature, but both were suspended after Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe threatened to veto.
The law, which is set to take effect in September, will face more challenges in the coming months. Texas Civil Right Project filed a federal lawsuit arguing that SB4 is discriminatory and encourages racial profiling.
My advice for illegals that want to protest is simple: If you don’t want to get deported, don’t walk around with signs admitting that you’re here illegally. In doing that, you’re ultimately confessing to comitting a federal crime. With many Americans upset over the lackadaisical immigration policies of the last 8 years, seeing ICE agents taking criminals away is a very pleasant sight.