Monday, 11 December, 2017

Texas state lawmaker says he received racist calls after House floor scuffle

Protesters disrupt Texas House proceedings to oppose sanctuary cities law The Latest: Texas House resumes after immigration protest
Melody Ballard | 12 June, 2017, 19:02

"To premeditate and say he would put a bullet in my colleague's head - that certainly crosses a line that no one went to yesterday instead of him", Rep. Justin Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, said.

A Texas lawmaker threatened to call immigration on a group of peaceful protesters at the state legislature on Monday - resulting in a reported shoving match between politicians and maybe even death threats.

After an hour, both sides calmed down and the House eventually adjourned to end the final day of the 85th legislative session. The law bans sanctuary cities in the state of Texas, allows police to question the immigration status of those they detain (as opposed to only those under arrest), and penalizes law enforcement officials who do not fully assist federal immigration authorities with possible jail time. During that time Poncho told me he would 'get me on the way to my vehicle.' He later approached me and reiterated that "I had to leave at some point and he would get me", Rinaldi wrote.

Texas state Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R) accused state Rep. Alfonso "Poncho" Nevárez (D) in a Monday Facebook post of threatening his life, after Rinaldi called Immigration and Customs Enforcement on protesters in the state capitol whom he believed to be undocumented immigrants.

Rinaldi told the Tribune that he took issue with Democrats clapping, saying they were, "bragging about how great it was and they were inciting [undocumented protesters] to break the House rules and break Texas law". "He started talking about how he was calling ICE on the people that were in the gallery protesting the Senate bill".

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The Texas House leadership stopped the session and asked state troopers to clear the gallery. By 10 a.m., hundreds of peaceful protesters waving anti-SB4 posters and chanting "here to stay" had crowded the capitol building halls and House gallery - and lawmakers had noticed. "We were waving, and that's when he made a decision to come by us and tell us that he called ICE", Romero said.

Later, he told the Texas Tribune he did it "to incentivize them to leave the House". Senator's Rinaldi sentiments have only gone to fuel the division state Rep Ramon Romero Jr. having reiterated that the only thing he sees in a crowd are "illegals". "This is the kind of unity that we need, so these people can understand we're going to stand and fight against this", Juan Aguirre said.

Rinaldi, however, claims that it was actually his life that was threatened on the house floor by Rep. Poncho Nevárez and that he was just letting Nevárez know he'd "shoot him in self-defense".

"I am now under DPS [Texas Department of Public Safety] protection".

When he told several Democrats what he'd done, all hell broke loose on the floor, according to Rinaldi.

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