Hundreds of immigrants, students, advocates and military members come out in protest at the Texas state capital, against the various bills being proposed on immigration. The theme of the protest rally was “Texas Can do Better.”
Currently Texas has about 60 pieces of immigration–related legislation that has been filed in the state legislature. The bills ranges in scope from mandating that school districts report immigration status of children to making it a felony to hire an undocumented individual to denying birth certificates to children of illegal aliens.
One of the more outrageous bills recently filed in Texas is by Republican Rep. Lois Kolkhorst that would mandate law enforcement turn detained illegal aliens over to a U.S. Senators office or congressmen’s office.
With Texas Republicans now controlling the house many feel this is the best chance the state has ever had to pass anti-immigrant legislation, so they are piling it on.
Various Democratic lawmakers were quick to point out that protesters were not illegal but registered Texas voters who see this issue (immigration) as bigger “than that” and have taken personal affront to the tone of the debate. Many feel immigrants are being made the scapegoat for the state’s fiscal problems and are being used to divert attention to bigger issues confronting the state.