The democratic members of the Texas Legislature reportedly beaten and threatened with a Republican colleague on the Monday after the Republican called immigration authorities to report illegal immigrants who protested on the site, according to The Washington Times.
The altercation, according to the Republican Representative Matt Rinaldi, began after the so-called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in response to repeated interruptions of the day of the procedures, illegal-immigrant protesters.
According to a Twitter message from Rinaldi, “some Democrats encouraged the demonstrators to disobey the enforcement of the law.”
‘SANCTUARY OF THE CITIES OF PROTESTS INTERRUPT TEXAS HOUSE SESSION
“When I said that the Democrats that I called ICE, Representative Ramon Romero physically attacked me, and other Democrats were restrained by colleagues,” Rinaldi wrote. “At that time, Poncho told me he would get me on the way to the car.’ Later he approached me and repeated that ‘I had to leave at a certain point and he would get me.’ I made it clear that if he tried to, in his words, ‘for me,’ I would shoot him.”
A declaration for today. pic.twitter.com/M0BcBXa43P
— Matt Rinaldi (@MattRinaldiTX) 29 May 2017
Romero did not agree with Rinaldi’s explanation of the events. “Countless members witnessed ‘the struggle,'” Romero wrote on Twitter, “and they will tell you that no attack has taken place.”
My full statement on today’s “dogfight” below. You can read more here https://t.co/TJSByQvfPE #txlege pic.twitter.com/y835ovp17I
— Ramon Romero Jr. (@RepRamonRomero) 29 May 2017
Representative Poncho Nevarez, who Rinaldi is accused of threatening him, labeled Rinaldi a “liar and a hateful man.”
He is a liar and a hateful man. Have no use for him. God bless him. https://t.co/te13An7gwm
— Rep. Poncho Nevárez (@poncho_nevarez) 29 May 2017
Hispanic Democratic lawmakers involved in the altercation told The Texas Tribune it was not physical, but indicated that Rinaldi got in the faces of the people, and cursed repeatedly. Video recording of the House floor and placed on Facebook shows that both Republicans and Democrats to push each other.
“He came to us and said:” I am glad that I just mentioned ICE cream to all these people deported,'” state Rep. César Blanco, D-El Paso, told the Texas Tribune. The demonstrators were protesting the recent signing of the SB-4 is law.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the legislation earlier in May, as part of an effort to remain consistent with federal immigration law. The law effectively prohibited sanctuary city policies in Texas and gives the police the ability to ask the immigration status of people they stop.
Officers who are not in compliance with the federal immigration agents could face imprisonment and fines.
Read more from The Texas Tribune.