'I'm Illegal And Here To Stay' - Protestors Flood Texas Capitol

"Countless members witnessed 'the scuffle, ' and they will all tell you no assault occurred", he said.

"I made it clear that if he attempted to, in his words, 'get me, ' I would shoot him in self defense", Rinaldi said.

Because Rinaldi claimed one of his fellow lawmakers had assaulted him, he's now under the protection of the Department of Public Safety.

Castro said his fears about the bill leading to racial profiling were realized through Rinaldi's actions.

The protesters were speaking out against State Bill 4, which requires that cities and counties in Texas go along with federal immigration authorities who ask they detain people suspected of living in the USA without proper documentation; critics are afraid this will lead to racial profiling. During an ensuing skirmish on the Texas floor, Rinaldi threatened to shoot Democratic state Rep. Poncho Nevarez. Rinaldi said that he said he would use his gun in self-defense.

This sparked a brief scuffle between Hispanic lawmakers and House conservatives, who both claim the other threatened them with violence on the House floor. A Democratic lawmaker had accused his GOP colleague of threatening to "put a bullet" in another lawmaker's head. However, they continued their protest inside the ground floor rotunda.

Leroy Pena of Dallas, a Lipan Apache Indian, held a sign reading: "Governor Abbott, show me your papers".

"The last day of Texas" 85th Legislative session ended with a bang - nearly.

Police fanned out and led small groups of protesters out into the hallway.

Once all the protesters were gone, the House gaveled back in and lawmakers went back to largely ceremonial final-day duties. It also threatens to jail law enforcement officials who limit cooperation with federal immigration agents.

The threats allegedly came amid fiery protests at the Texas Capitol Monday afternoon over a recently approved anti-sanctuary cities bill.

There was no shortage of drama on the last day of the Texas legislative session Monday.

State troopers removed the protestors from the gallery. Though demonstrations were peaceful, it wasn't until State Rep.

Astrid Dominguez, immigration policy strategist of the ACLU of Texas, said Rinaldi should apologize for his hateful rhetoric about peaceful protestors exercising their constitutional rights. Opponents have filed lawsuits. It was marked by protests against sanctuary cities legislation and the possibility of a special session.

Police officers also have the option to ask the immigration status of anyone they stop.

Do they wince in embarrassment, or applaud the efforts of state lawmakers?

  • Salvatore Jensen