AUSTIN — Hundreds of protesters from across Texas and the nation descended upon the Capitol on the final day of the Legislature to protest against the state’s newly signed sanctuary cities ban, filling the Texas House’s gallery in red shirts and unveiling banners that read “See you at the polls.”
The protesters, who came from as far as Arizona and Maryland, filled the Capitol rotunda with chants of “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! SB 4 has got to go!” in reference to Senate Bill 4, the state’s anti-sanctuary cities law.
“Together we’ve organized hundreds of people from across the country to come together to Texas, the epicenter of the fight against racism,” said Karla Perez, the state coordinator for the immigrant youth network United We Dream. “Senate Bill 4 is a law that enlists local police to be a part of Trump’s mass deportation force and emboldens racism in our streets. Senate Bill 4 is nothing but hate.”