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May 29, 2017
Contact: Sam Robles
Hundreds rally at Texas Capitol to fight back against SB 4, Lawmakers threaten to call ICE on protesters
AUSTIN, TX — Hundreds of immigrant families gathered at the Texas Capitol today to fight back against SB 4 on the last day of the 85th legislative session. During the protest, State Representative Matt Rinaldi reportedly called Immigration and Custom Enforcement authorities during Monday’s protest lead by immigrant families.
“Republican lawmakers threats validate the fears of Texas Latino families,” said Jose P. Garza, Executive Director of the Workers Defense Project. “Our communities will to rise up, organize, and resist against Texas racist’s laws.”
“It’s ridiculous for a 9 year old girl to be here and fighting for her family because they are scared of this hateful law,” said Wendy, 9 year old member of Workers Defense Youth group. “You are all the adults, you are the elected officials, it is your job to protect us. You all should be ashamed of yourselves!”
Wendy, 9 year old speaking against SB 4
“In these moments, we can not allow to be consumed by fear. We have power and we need to fight against SB 4,” said Claudia Golinelli, member of Workers Defense Project, construction worker, and mother of two. “While there are representatives that hate us, there are many local officials in our cities, in Texas, and across the country that are fight alongside us.”
Claudia joined by her family on the South Steps of the Capitol
Community advocates will continue to fight against SB 4 during the “Summer of Resistance” leading up to September 1st when the bill is expected to be in effect.